Backpacking on the GR 34

From Saint‑Brieuc port to Cap d’Erquy, via Pléneuf‑Val‑André

From April to October

Head to one of the largest bays on the north Brittany coast Discover Saint-Brieuc Bay, its panoramic headlands, its ports, large beaches and small coves, from west to east. On land and at sea, lulled by the birds and the sea spray, happiness is on the trail!

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From Saint-Brieuc to Hillion

Departure : Légué Port
Arrival : Maison de la Baie

This lively port is the perfect place for starting your adventure! On the quays in Légué Port, between pretty shipowner’s houses and local street art, take a little coffee break.  When you get to Pointe de Cesson and the bays in the Nature Reserve, the landscape becomes wilder. The colours change constantly with the tides. At Grève du Valais, in front of the huts on the cliff side, you’ll feel like a castaway. Keep moving east, to the bays of Langueux and the salt meadows. At Pointe d’Illemont, get your binoculars ready: you’re in the front seat to observe the 112 bird species that live here!

No rushing

On Hillion beaches, the walk ends gently and wonderfully: a tour of the exhibitions at Maison de la Baie, a dip in the sea, and a sunset to finish.

   Beginner to intermediate level

16 km – Around 4 hours of walking

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From Hillion to Pléneuf-Val-André

Departure : Maison de la Baie
Arrival : Port of Dahouët

Head to Pointe des Guettes for some height: Hillion bay and the mussel farms stretch out before your eyes, before the GR drifts to Bon Abri dunes, at the heart of the Nature Reserve. An incredible natural heritage awaits you here, teeming with life! Start with the “bouchot”, the stakes where mussels quietly spend their life. With the company Mytilus, you can discover them on-board the “myti’bus” and enjoy a tasting session. Or you could wait at Jospinet port until it’s mussels and chips time? After your batteries have charged, you’ll arrive at the little port of Dahouët, tucked behind the large Val-André beach.

Sailors for a day…

In Dahouët, hop on board La Pauline*: a traditional sailing boat to discover Saint-Brieuc in a different way. Hoist the sails (red) and glide elegantly through the sea, but don’t forget to reserve in advance!

* subject to booking and availability

   Intermediate level

23 km – around 5h30 of walking

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From Pléneuf-Val-André to Erquy

Departure : Port of Dahouët
Arrival : Erquy port

From the quays in Dahouët, where the memory of those who set off to Newfoundland to fish cod lingers, the path climbs up to Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde oratory, with a divine view over the bay and its tides. After taking a few selfies, head to the Verdelet bird reserve, a little island that you can discover on foot. And then? There’s the sky, the sea, and the wonderful beaches of Val-André. A 6-km playground for kite-surfing, sand yachting and paragliding, with Cap d’Erquy in the background. So you’ve arrived in Erquy! The local star is the scallop, so make sure you get to know it better at the fish market. Still motivated? Carry on to the headland and admire the view of Cap Fréhel.

Does the salty air inspire you?

The next part takes place in the sea! The Erquy Water Sports Centre* is the place to rent SUPs, kayaks, catamarans or dinghies. The traditional sailing boat, Sainte-Jeanne*, will take you on a trip around the bay, and you can learn to command the jib and the staysail. Or you could sail away on new adventures with Armor Navigation**, to Mont-Saint-Michel bay.

*subject to booking and availability
** Thursdays, between mid-July and mid-August

  Beginner to intermediate level

14 km – Around 3h30 of walking

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Ready to go?

Our tips to make your life easier

Come by train

  • Arrival: Saint-Brieuc station
    • From Paris : around 2h20 by LGV train
  • Arrival : Lamballe station
    • To Paris : around 2h05 by LGV train

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GR34, the most coastal Grande Randonnée trail

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