Randonnées and the Nantes Brest Canal


When we are on holiday we tend to prefer the countryside rather than the cities. Obviously there are exceptions but for the majority of our stay in France we remained in the countryside.

We were very fortunate to be staying close to the Nantes-Brest Canal and this provided some wonderful opportunities for walks.

Sections of the canal were built by convict labour. You can practise your French translating the following sign! You will need to enlarge it to see it clearly.

There is little or no gradient on the tow path so it makes for easy walking.

We were lucky to be there when the water irises were in bloom.

Quite close to Mellionnec there is a small, 16th Century chapel “Chapelle de Notre Dame de La Pitie”, alongside the canal.

The couple who owned the house behind the chapel were the caretakers for the chapel and opened the chapel for us to have a look inside.

We did several walks along different sections of the canal and the scenery was delightful. At most of the locks there is a lock-keeper’s cottage, some in a better state of repair than others.

Many of the old cottages have been renovated and are now rented to holiday makers. The locks no longer operate in this section of the canal and it is used mainly for canoeing.

The canoes use the race on the left of the picture.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. How idyllic! Simply beautiful…

    1. suth2 says:

      The scenery was stunning.

  2. Northern Narratives says:

    Interesting history.

    1. suth2 says:

      One of the things I love about France is the fact that it’s History is so much older than Australia’s white settlement. The Aborigines have an ancient history and culture but for architecture etc Australia is just an infant!

  3. Looks like you enjoyed some sunny days after all. It looks gorgeous,must have been a beautiful and varied holiday.

    1. suth2 says:

      We had a fabulous time and plan to return sooner rather than later!

  4. How utterly delightful, and you got great weather for it by the looks of things. I love the wee chapel and the reflections of the trees in the water next to the tow path. I can almost drink in the peace just looking at that.

  5. Alan Johnston says:

    We’re heading off to Kervero cottages next week. Found your blog by Googling. Thanks for posting. It all looks delightful.

    1. suth2 says:

      We had the most incredible time there. Hope you have just as great a holiday as we did. We hope to return for another holiday there.

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