Walking and hiking
A walker’s paradise where land meets sea
If you love nature, wide open spaces and walking, look no further! Brittany is packed with breathtakingly beautiful scenery for walkers, whether it’s a day trip or a week-long hike!
It’s only by criss-crossing the landscape on foot, taking the time to walk the trails that run alongside its coastal inlets, river mouths and beaches, colourful moorlands and legend-filled forests, that you can really appreciate Brittany’s beauty. Whether you’re travelling solo or with friends and family, there are hundreds of kilometres of waymarked trails that are perfect for an active holiday exploring the stunning diversity of the Breton countryside. Four major routes run through Brittany:
The GR 34 coastal path
Practically every view along this trail is picture-postcard perfect: there’s no other way to describe the famous ‘Sentier des Douaniers’, or Customs Officers’ Path. The trail runs from Mont Saint-Michel Bay to the Emerald Coast and the Pink Granite Coast, passing through river mouths at La Pointe du Finistère, the Crozon peninsula, the Pointe du Raz and the Gulf of Morbihan. Over 1,800 km of trails follow the whole coast of Brittany – prepare yourself for some stunning views!
The pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela
Known as the ‘Chemins de Saint-Jacques’ in France, these 1,500 km of trails offer some real treats along the way: you might see a tiny chapel perched at the top of the Monts d’Arrée mountains, an abbey guarding the entrance to the legendary Broceliande forest, or you could stand on a rocky outcrop that plunges into the Iroise sea… there’s all this and more along these footpaths, which start from Pointe Saint-Mathieu, Moguériec, Locquirec, Beauport Abbey or Mont Saint-Michel. It’s a wonderful opportunity to recharge your batteries, as you make your way along trails trodden for centuries by pilgrims heading for Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Mont Saint-Michel trails
Follow in the footsteps of the thousands of pilgrims who have flocked to Mont Saint-Michel over the centuries along the ‘Chemins du Mont Saint-Michel’. Known as the ‘Chemins montais’ – ‘Mount trails’ – they have been trodden by most of the French kings too, and they take you through the bocage landscape that’s so typical of this part of France, with its patchwork of fields and hedges. The trails lead to the sea where you can enjoy breathtaking views across to the legendary abbey at the top of Mont St Michel.
In the Middle Ages, pilgrims walked to Saint-Brieuc, Saint-Malo, Dol de Bretagne, Vannes, Quimper, Saint-Pol-de-Léon and Tréguier, to pay homage to Brittany’s seven founding saints. Called ‘Tro Breizh’, which is Breton for ‘Through Brittany’, their pilgrimage covered around 600 km. This is a great opportunity to cross Brittany from north to south (or vice versa) and is a really different way to appreciate the coastal landscapes and the picturesque countryside inland.
Learn more about the iconic trails of Brittany on our Rando Bretagne website (FR)
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