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This wonderful 7 day self-guided, hotel to hotel walking holiday is an exploration of Brittany’s northern coast, the Côte du Granit Rose, passing through bustling fishing ports and stone hamlets. Gentle walking but serious eating with Michelin stars.

Price:

From £1120pp (from £1330pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

Duration: 6 days, 7 nights
Departures: Various departures from May to September
Start point: Troezel Vras
End point: Trégastel
 
reviewed by greentraveller

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Details of Walking on the Granite Coast of Brittany

With its own language and the highly Celtic aspects of its culture, Brittany can often feel like a separate country, which is not surprising given its relative geographical isolation and several centuries of independent rule in the Middle Ages. The coast is defined by its diversity of landscapes, from peaceful, wooded estuaries to craggy bays with their pink granite rocks weathered into weird and wonderful shapes. You will pass through pretty villages like Pleubian and Trequier, walk along rivers and catch breath-taking vistas of Sept Iles. This week long walking holiday will take you on tracks, coastal paths and quiet country lanes in this distinctive and beautiful scenery. It mainly follows the well-waymarked GR long-distance path, and though you cover up to 15 kilometres a day (about four hours' walking), the going is gentle and mostly flat. You can kick back and enjoy the delicious fish and seafood delicacies at the hotels after a long day's walking.

Accommodation:

Le Troezel Vras, Troezel Vras This delightful 17th-century manor farmhouse offers comfortable rooms and delicious country cooking.

Hotel Aigue Marine, Tréguier This is a modern hotel overlooking the marina and equipped with a sauna, jacuzzi and outdoor pool.

Manoir du Sphinx, Perros-Guirec Converted from an early 20th-century villa set on a cliff, this very welcoming hotel with an excellent seafood restaurant is located right by the sea, with wonderful views from the garden and many of the rooms of Trestraou Beach and the coastline. The grounds stretch right down to the sea.

This trip has been reviewed by Catherine Mack:

"No driving, no cooking, no children, no thinking. Lots of walking, sleeping, reading, swimming, good food and fine wine. These were the demands of two working mothers on our first ever week away from our kids. So no pressure, Inntravel , who was organising the independent walking holiday we had chosen, with the post school run train from London to Plymouth and overnight ferry to Roscoff, walking along the Pink Granite Coast of Brittany for five days, being fed and watered the whole way ticking every 'I'm a Mum, get me out of here!' box just perfectly...

"Here we mused over our week, and wondered why it had taken us so long to treat ourselves to take a proper break like this, and vowed to keep walking, even if it was just for an overnight getaway, every term. So, to any other Mums, desperate to get away from it all, just get a great mate, beg and bribe childcare, pack your walking boots and take a long, slow break, letting Inntravel, the Brown Owl of them all, to do the organising and thinking for you.

"It was, quite simply, the best thing both of us have done in years."

>> Read Catherine Mack's full review: Review of Inntravel's self-guided walking holiday in Brittany

>> For more reviews of this trip, see: Reviews of Walking on the Granite Coast of Brittany

What price includes

 
  • 7 nights' 3-star chambres d’hôtes; two 3-star hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 dinners & 5 picnics
  • Luggage transported
  • Route notes and maps
  • Discover rich Celtic culture
  • Savour fabulous seafood cuisine
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Hotel Le Troezel Vras in Troezel Vras

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Paimpol railway station

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
Take a taxi from Paimpol railway station to the start point hotel, Le Troezel Vras.

How to get there:
Train from London to Paimpol (via Paris and Guingamp)

 
Plan your journey by train to Paris
 

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Hotel Manoir de Sphinx in Perros-Guiroc

Nearest train station to finish point:
Lannion railway station

Transfer to finish point:
Guests make their own way to station
Take a taxi from end point hotel, Manoir de Sphinx in Perros-Guiroc to Lannion railway station for onward travel to Paris.

How to get back:
Train from Lannion to London (via Guingamp and Paris)

 
Plan your return train journey from Lannion