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Manoir du Hilguy

Brittany, France


Walk Instructions

A walk of unusual shape, including both wild and gentle coast, giving an opportunity to walk the gentle part in each direction, visiting the Chapelle St. Jean and passing close to the old Fontaine St. Pierre. Some rough going underfoot, with plenty of rise and fall as the path weaves its way above the rocky coast. (Not really suitable for young children). Tréboul is a predominantly residential/commercial area facing the port and larger town of Douarnenez across the river. Tréboul's own port is now used entirely by pleasure craft. There are plenty of shops and other commercial premises, with an 'old town' comprising old houses in a few incredibly narrow streets above the port.

Start/car parking - Large car parking area behind the port at Tréboul. From Hilguy drive to the D784, as for Quimper, but turn left at the first roundabout, then left again in 1 mile to follow the D765, heading for Douarnenez. At a roundabout just before that town, go left towards Tréboul and follow the signposts along a rather indirect route to the port.

The route: Facing the river, turn left then right following a 'Centre Nautique' signpost to walk past the shops towards the water.

1. Turn left by a 'sentier cotier' (coastal path) signpost to leave the road and rise past the Centre Nautique. Avoid a turn to the left. By the edge of the sea rise to the left along a concreted track with a guard rail. Across the water is the Ile Tristan, site of legends of the dark ages and home of the bloodthirsty brigand Guy Eder de Fontenelle in the 16th century. Pass a little beach (GR sign) on an asphalt path. Pass another GR sign and keep straight on, passing the occasional seat and a cemetery on the left. Across the great Douarnenez Bay, the Crozon Peninsula is visible. Beneath the waves many believe that the lost city of Ys, famed in local legend, lies awaiting re-discovery. Another sandy beach, the Plage de St Jean is soon reached, followed by the Chapel of the same name, dated 1746. Bear right into the Passage de l'ar Men (GR waymark). In a few yards, on the left is a tall, menhir-like carved stone. Go down a few steps and continue across the back of a wider beach, Plage des Sables Blancs.

2. At the far end carry on along the road, uphill. Take the right fork along the Rue des Roches Blanches. (An alternative from the bay would be to walk along the back of the beach for a further 300 yards and then turn left up steps to join the road). Stay with this quiet little road for the best part of a mile, rising steadily for most of the way, passing a splendid private garden on the left and a holiday village on the right. Pass a road on the left to reach a small car parking area on the right.

3. Turn right into the car park and reach a short path to a left turn onto a narrow walled track running along the cliff top. Shortly the path decends into a rocky valley with a small stream. Ignore a rough path rising along the stream (which leads to St Peters Well - see later) but cross the stream and climb to the cliff path again. From here the path rises and falls, always keeping close to the edge, sometimes behind walls. There are occassional GR waymarks as the 'sentie de Joumier' (Customs Path) and it is difficult to estimate progress. There are however SOS makers. Go past 046-1, 2 and 3, keeping straight on (it is possible to exit at each of these points, turning left and climbing to a road where you turn left to return to Trebuoul). At waymark SOS-046-4 turn left following the yellow path mark to the road.

4. Keep on the road through the small Hamlet of Leyde, ignoring all side roads. Soon the road goes down hill reaching the Foutaine St Pierre on the left, where there are picnic tables in the shade. There is a copy of an 18c figure of St Peter in the niche above the well. Continue on about 200 metres where you reach the point of departure in 3. Continue on the road to the Playe des Sables Blancs.

5. There is now a choice of return route. a) to retrace steps along the 'gentle' coast or b) pass the roundabout and take a very straight rising road providing a more direct but less attractive return to the port, through the St Jean area. Pass the Place Robert le Goff with an old calvary. As Tréboul is entered there are tiny old streets with granite-faced houses. Some streets, such as the Rue Laurent Gonidec, are of incredible narrowness. Return to the car park.


Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.


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