9.00: The Far North on the outskirts of Rennes – a rather unusual sight!
No need to hurry, Brocéliande Forest and its legends will still be there…No risk of them running away, unlike the huskies at the Ferme Nordique! So make the most of the early morning sunshine to explore wide open spaces in the company of Pascal and Marie. It doesn’t have to be snowing to enjoy this amazing change of scenery! Visit the farm, discover the traditions and customs of its inhabitants, go for a walk or ride with huskies and even taste food from Lapland.
Continue the adventure theme with a canoeing or kayaking experience at Montfort-sur-Meu; options include a gentle paddle along the Meu towards Iffendic or a thrilling slalom course in the centre of Montfort. Those who prefer still waters can enjoy different paddle activities on the lake at Paimpont.
In addition, Brocéliande Bike offers story rides and other cycle outings suitable for everyone!
12.00: Time for lunch
After such a busy morning, you are no doubt starving so make your next stop at the restaurant at the Forges de Paimpont, a great place to try classic forest fare such as game, grilled food cooked over a wood fire and home-made terrines.
Or, still in Paimpont, there is L’Atelier, the restaurant run by Quentin Bonnet who offers traditional cuisine with fresh, local produce.
Galette and crepe enthusiasts will love Chez Loïc et Compagnie at Iffendic, a crêperie which is definitely worth a visit!
14.00 : Take to the water, the air or stay on dry land at Lac de Trémelin (Lake)
Lac de Trémelin is a spot in Ille-et-Vilaine which is often underrated – a great shame! However, it has no shortage of activities : a treetop adventure trail, canoeing, pedalos, fishing, horse riding and even an exhibition of contemporary art! The most intrepid can even try to remove Excalibur (or rather a replica), King Arthur’s legendary sword which was said to be unbreakable and capable of cutting any material, from its granite rock. Try is the operative word…you won’t be the first person to come unstuck! Swimming is permitted in the lake in summer when lifeguards are present.
Don’t forget to take some good walking shoes with you as there are lots of hiking paths leading to local landmarks : Careil bird reserve, the medieval remains of Boutavent castle (geocaching and guided tours available) as well as the Vallon de la Chambre-au-Loup, nicknamed the « little Breton canyon » because of its 35m high red shale cliffs. No time to be bored!
For those who prefer to relax and unwind, the woods around the lake are perfect for a gentle stroll or maybe stretch out on the grassy bank with a good book! Sssshh! Watch out for visitors snoozing!
22.00 : Time for bed!
After a busy day in the open air, you’re more than likely ready for a good night’s sleep! Why not enjoy the hospitality offered by Marianne and Olivier Guignard at their old presbytery home which they have tastefully converted into a stylish B&B. Or maybe the slightly old-fashioned charm of the Manoir de la Bourousais and its treehouse accommodation at Val d’Anast or the Longère de Brocéliande. That way you can stay in the forest atmosphere and commune with the korrigans (Breton pixies) who live there…