The Area

Being completely central Gouarec make access to all parts of Brittany relatively straightforward. But there's enough to keep you occupied for a week within walking distance.

At the campsite

As well as the usual campsite facilities the campsite is also a hire centre for cycles of all types - traditional roadsters, touring bikes, tandems, electric bikes and various trailers and children's bikes. As the canal towpath runs right by the campsite and the V6 cyclepath is just 300m away it means that safe and relatively flat cycling is available to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside. The campsite also has both canoes and kayaks for hire and last but not least, you can hire a 2CV to explore further afield with the wind in your hair;-) For something completely different you can even pan for Gold in the river D'Oree which flows past the campsite.

classic cycle hire

In Gouarec

Gouarec is a lovely little village built on the confluence of the canal and the Blavet river. The centre is just 200m from the campsite and boasts a beautiful, and recently restored covered marketplace and there are 3 excellent restaurants, a small supermarket/butcher, baker, banks, various bars, post-office - all you need without having to ever get into your car...

gouarec market

Within 5 kms

Over the last few years the immediate area around Gouarec has built up several attractions to become a rather special place to base yourself. Within an afternoon's walk (or and hour's ride) you'll be able to stroll the 3 kms east to 'Bon Repos'  - the perfect picnic spot with a ruined abbey, restaurants, bar and play area, and a lovely little Sunday morning market.

slide kate bonrepos

A short climb up from  Bon Repos takes you to some of the covered tombs at Liscuis.

liscuis

Just opened recently is the wonderful  narrow-gauge railway at Bon Repos complete with rides and museum - there's a lot to see. 

For walkers there are waymarked walks through the woods and countryside surrounding Gouarec and of course the village itself has a new 25m swimming pool complete with sauna...

Going west takes you to the village of Plelauff with its little bar and 800 year-old chapel.

Within 10 kms

A decent walk, or very eas cycle ride (or a day's canoeing) along the canal through forgotten French countryside will take you as Far as the Lac de Guerledan - the biggest lake in Brittany, where you'll find beaches, restaurants, bars, sailing and waterskiing.  ultimately all the way to the town of Carhaix if you feel like a longer ride (20 miles each way). On the way you pass the museum and Chateau at Forges des Salles where a complete 18c iron works is preserved.

As if that isn't enough, in the other direction there's the V6 cyclepath from Gouarec that follows the old railway line. This is an easy ride to the town of Rostrenen where on Tuesday there is a wonderful street market, then on the lake at Mael Carhaix.

market eggs

 

As for something completely different there is the biggest Buddist monestry in France or you can just wander through the many marked paths in the Forest de Quenican

Besides this totally car free cycling there are a mass of little quiet lanes where you can meander for hours and arrive at tiny creperies hidden in the wood, or cycle to another little market town. We'll even give you maps and routes so you don't get totally lost...

Further afield

As Gouarec is at the dead-centre of Brittany all that this area has to offer is within easy reach - little market towns, chateaux, lakes, rivers, moors and forests, and of course the most varied coastline in Europe, where in a couple of kms you can go from grandiose cliffs to vast expanses of sand. If you don't have a car you can even hire a 2CV from the campsite and explore like real french peasants;-)

misty cow in brittany

 

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