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France 2019 - Northern Brittany

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Northern Brittany

We drove west along the coast to our next overnight stop heading for a campsite at La Guimorais, a rocky peninsula ten kilometres east of St Malo. Just before we reached the campsite we spotted some motorhomes in a carpark which turned out to be a free aire (but without any services). Although the marked pitches were rather narrow there were a couple of empty spaces so we managed to squeeze in. As usual some of the vans ignored the bay markings until some late arrivals got them to move.

It was a convenient stopover for visiting St Malo so the next morning we drove to the well signposted Paul Feval Park and Ride at the railway station, where there is an official motorhome parking area, and caught the free bus to the walled town.

Saint Malo ramparts
Saint Malo ramparts
Dinard villas
Dinard villas
Dinard sunset
Dinard sunset

We spent a few hours walking around the ramparts and among the maze of streets with many gift shops and restaurants, then returned to the parking area. It is possible to stay overnight for free, but we thought it may be noisy and we would have to pay for a second day's parking unless we left before 9am, so we just used the free borne at the entrance and returned to the motorhome parking at la Guimorais for a second free night.

After a pleasant walk around the headland we drove around St Malo on the bypass towards Dinan, and turned off to visit St Suliac, a pretty Plus Beaux village on the banks of the Rance estuary. We parked at the signposted grass motorhome parking area for a few hours, then headed to Dinard and the municipal Camping Port Blanc which was busy as it was a holiday weekend. We stayed for three days enjoying the beachside location in sunny weather, and walked along the rather rocky and narrow cliff path to the centre of Dinard with its large mansions and villas.

Moving on we followed the coast up to the impressive lighthouse at Cap Fréhel, luckily in brilliant sunshine as it was shrouded in dense fog when we last visited in 2010.

Cap Frehel stone piles
stone piles at Cap Fréhel

After a night at a campsite near Erquy we took faster roads to bypass St Brieuc and Guingamp and pulled in to the free aire at Lannion. It was about a mile to the centre of the riverside town with a few old timber framed buildings, and  bridges decorated with flowers. The next day we drove to the coast at Saint-Michel-en-Greve and followed the route touristique to Locquirec, then through St Jean du Doigt to Primel- Trégastel. We discovered motorhomes weren't welcome here so we turned inland, bypassing Morlaix, to reach Saint Thegonnec where we found a pleasant free aire just across from the interesting parish close with its church, ossuary and large Calvary cross.

Now crossing the centre of Brittany, we turned off the main road to visit the hilltop chapel of Saint Michel high on the moorlands of the Monts d'Aree, and then on to the free aire at Huelgoat. We enjoyed a pleasant lakeside walk to the village and the woodland paths, beside the chaos of large boulders, to reach the massive Rocher Tremblant, which no longer rocks!

Sain Hubert church
Saint Herbot near Huelgoat

Saint Herbot stained glass window
Saint Herbot rose window

Leaving Huelgoat, after a few kilometres we came across an English style curch of Saint Herbot in a wooded valley, which had an amazing interior with intricate wood carvings and many stained glass windows.
Cap Frehal lighthouse
Cap Fréhel lighthouse

Lannion timbered houses

Thegonnec calvary 

Thegonnec ossuary
Saint Thegonnec Calvary and ossuary

Saint Michel chapel
Chapel of Saint Michel

Huelgoat boulders chaos    Huelgoat roche tremblant    
Huelgoat - chaos of boulders and Rocher Tremblant

Locronan village square 

We now headed south and stopped overnight at a campsite in the pleasant old town of Locronan, another Plus Beaux village and also a "Town of Character". Continuing to the coast we bypassed the large town of Quimper on back roads and decided to head for Sainte Marine, across the Odet estuary from the smart resort of Benodet.

page updated 28 Jan 2020