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Beautifully varied and unspoiled scenery, hardly touched by tourism, awaits as you follow our self guided walking route past magnificent white sand beaches, Breton fishing ports and a wealth of historic sites from hotel to hotel.


From £989 per person, tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

Duration: 9 days
Departures: Departures every two days from May to Sep
Start point: Lamballe
End point: Lamballe

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Overview of Emerald Coast Walk

A winning walking holiday from the outset and simply stunning. Encapsulating dramatic scenery, array of colours and medieval influences. Highlights include the majestic Hunaudaye Forest, the feudal Fort de la Latte and beautiful town of Dinan. Every day you will be rewarded with gorgeous panoramic views of the Emerald Coast.

You will stay in a range of hotels with dining, such as the lovely seaside hotel in Sables d’Or-Les-Pins and 4-star hotel built in the heart of historic Dinan.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive at Lamballe
Arrive to M. Jamin's C16 manor house just outside of Lamballe, a charming intimate place to stay.

Day 2 - Lamballe to Sables d'Or-Les-Pins 17km/10.5mi/5hr
A quick transfer to the Breton fishing port of Dahouet for the best coastal walking and chances of swimming! Have lunch at Caroual, before going inland to your lovely hotel at Sables d'Or-Les-Pins.

Day 3 - At Sables d'Or-Les-Pins
A pretty seaside village with golden beaches, you can relax here, or take the circular walk along the GR34 around the cliff and to Cap d'Erquy for lunch in an exquisite seafood restaurant. 

Day 4 - Sables d'Or-Les-Pins to Dinard
Walk towards an artists backdrop to Dinard leading you via the Cap Frehel lighthouse to the celebrated C14 feudal Fort de la Latte. Clamber up the tower for beautiful coastal views.

Day 5 - At Dinard
Stroll out to the Pointe des Etretes to see the off-shore islands, or take a 10-minute water taxi to the ancient medieval city, St Malo.

Day 6 - Dinard to Dinan 19km/12mi/6hr
Head from the Breton village of Langrolay-sur-Rance, inland tracing the river. It's a calm walk through forests and orchards, then on peaceful riverside paths to the hotel in Dinan with a gorgeous rooftop garden.

Day 7 - At Dinan
Explore this perfectly preserved ancient walled town and visit the large C13 castle and extravagant Gothic basilica.

Day 8 - Dinan to Plorec/Lamballe 17km/10.5mi/5hr
A quick transfer before heading off along the Pays du Tour du Penthievre, passing the imagnificent C13 Château
de la Hunaudaye, then crossing farmland to Lamballe.

Day 9 - Leave Lamballe

Is this trip for you?
This is a 1+ boot walking holiday - see Headwater’s Boot Rating System, offering varied long distance walking along marked routes on coastal paths, river banks, lanes and forest tracks. A few short steep ascents and descents, but not too high up. Suited to families with older children due to long routes.

Particularly if you love the seaside, there is something for everyone; little towns, rolling countryside and forest trails, historical chateaux, fort and medieval towns. Nature lovers will enjoy the rugged coastline as well as bird watching.

What price includes

  • 8 nights hotel to hotel
  • Continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals.
  • Headwater cider services
  • Transfer of all bags between hotels.
  • Rep briefing, local information, route notes and map kit.
  • 81 % sustainability rating



Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Lamballe station. Transfers included from Lamballe train station

Nearest train station to meeting point:

Transfer to meeting point:
Operator collects guests from station

How to get there:
Train from London to Lamballe (via Paris). There are 2-4 services a day from Gare de Montparnasse to Lamballe, taking around 3 hours.

Plan your journey by train to Paris

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Lamballe. Transfer included to Lamballe train station

Nearest train station to finish point:

Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station

How to get back:
Train from Lamballe to London (via Paris). There are 2-3 trains a day from Lamballe to Paris Montparnasse, taking around 3 hours.

Plan your return train journey from Paris