A transfer from Lamballe train station is included for those who wish to take advantage of this. The tour itself however starts at M. Jamin's 16th century manor house in the countryside just 3kms outside the market town of Lamballe. With only 15 rooms, it's a lovely intimate place to stay. The inner courtyard opens up on to beautifully kept gardens and elegant terrace for al fresco dining on fine summer evenings.
A short transfer to the tiny Breton fishing port of Dahouet. From here, it's coastal walking at its best: extensive views, aquamarine seas, white sandy beaches and rocky coves - don't forget your swimming things! Lunch on the beach at Caroual then inland and on to our lovely hotel at Sables d'Or-Les-Pins. Walking time: 17km/11mi/5hr
Sables d'Or-Les-Pins is a lovely seaside village with magnificent golden sand beaches. It would be easy to just spend the day here, however we strongly recommend following our suggested circular walk (full route notes provided) along the spectacular GR34 around the cliff and on to nearby Cap d'Erquy - a delightful fishing village with some outstanding seafood restaurants for lunch.
Deserted beaches and heather-topped cliffs provide the colourful artists backdrop for today's walk which leads you via the Cap Frehel lighthouse (look out for nesting seabirds) to the famous 14th century feudal stronghold of Fort de la Latte. Perched on a rocky promontory over the ocean, this castle occupies one of the finest sites in Brittany - climb up the tower for magnificent coastal views, out as far as Jersey on a clear day. Walking time: 17km/11mi/5hr
Once a sleepy fishing village on the estuary of the Rance, the English transformed the town into one of the most famous and upmarket resorts in Europe. Walk out to the Pointe des Etretes for views of the off - shore islands, or take a 10 - minute water taxi across the bay to St Malo and lose yourself in the narrow cobbled streets within the Intra Muros (fortified walls) of the ancient mediaeval city.
Starting from the picturesque Breton village of Langrolay-sur-Rance (lift provided), today's route takes you inland, mostly following the course of the river. It's wonderfully tranquil walking through shady forests, fruit orchards, and along peaceful riverside paths. Our 3-star hotel in Dinan is superbly located within the ramparts of the mediaeval old town and boasts a lovely rooftop garden with great views. Walking time: 21km/13mi/6hr.
This beautifully preserved ancient walled town, with riverfront port is an absolute gem. Wander round the marvellously restored ancient squares, visit the imposing 13th century castle, admire the flamboyant Gothic basilica and stroll the lovely cobbled streets packed with authentic artisan workshops.
A short transfer (provided) then off along the Pays du Tour du Penthievre where shady woodland paths skirt the river as far as the impressive 13th century Chateau de la Hunaudaye whose ruins date back over 800 years. Walking time 6hr, distance 22km/14mi.
Leave Lamballe. The tour ends here after breakfast. A transfer is included back to Lamballe train station for those who wish.