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walking the GR34 from benodet to vannes

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walking the GR34 from benodet to vannes

we are 2 women planning to walk the coastal GR34 trail this may and would appreciate any info on the benodet to vannes section .. we carry our packs and like to walk 12-15 miles a day .. more remote is better with as little road-walking as possible but we do not carry tents, stoves etc so would need lodging at the end of the day .. we have already walked st-brieuc to morlaix and the crozon peninsula both of which were beautiful .. is this part of the coast just as remote .. it looks absolutely beautiful ... thank you so much for any help you can give us ...

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1. Re: walking the GR34 from benodet to vannes

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In south Britanny, there are many estuaries, named "avens" in breton langage, or rias in french, and in english, tide rivers, so it's not easy to follow the coast, except if there are little passengers boats named " bacs", for the crossing, but it's not always the case. It's as in Cornwall or Devon, the river of Truro, for exemple. So you will find "avens" every where, some are short, but some are long. You have sometimes to walk 10/ 15 kms in the inland to cross the river. In fact it's far easier to follow the coast from Crozon peninsula to Bénodet than from Bénodet to Vannes. That said, it's possible, but with good shoes and many hours of walking, sometimes along the sea, sometimes in the woods of estuaries. This coast is not so wild than west coast, in particulary in summer, but some parts are wild and the estuaries are all very beautiful. Visit Belon, Rosbraz, Doélan, Pont Aven, Etel. Near Bénodet, St Marine, on the other side worth the visit, and also the river "Odet" to Quimper, and Glenan island.

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2. Re: walking the GR34 from benodet to vannes

thank you for all of your help and suggestions .. based on what you said we are thinking of walking either from morlaix to brest or from morgat (where we ended last year) to a few days beyond benodet (when we will run out of time) .. do you have a opinion about what might work best in terms of remoteness, cliffs, accomadations at the end of the day, etc .. it seems that too many 10-15 mile detours around estuaries in the south might eat up a lot of our days although it does sound beautiful .. thanks again for helping us out ..

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3. Re: walking the GR34 from benodet to vannes

Hi

From Morgat to Bénodet you will have more variety of lanscapes.

First, in Morgat, don't forget the path starting from the marina in direction of "cap de la Chèvre".

After, between Morgat and Douarnenez it's a succession of long sandy beaches and cliffs, it's not completly remoted, but it's wild. It's possible to walk to the summit of the hill named "menez hom".

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From Douarnenez to Audierne, it's remoted and wild cliffs, excepted in "la pointe du Raz", who is very tourist. It's one of the wildest coast of Brittany. No village on more than 20 kms between Douarnenez and La Pointe du Raz, just one camping. Beaches are rare but very scenic. On more than 20 kms it's just as you can see here. …canalblog.com/albums/…37657671-001.html

It's not very difficult, but you are always walking up and down, so count two days for 20 kms. All the village are at 4/ 5kms from the shore.

From Audierne to Penmarch it's a flat an often wild coast, a very long beach on more than 20 kms, with marshes in the inland. No cliffs, but it's wild and very scenic.

In summer it's a naturist beach.

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From St Guénolé / Penmarch to Loctudy, it's a more tourist coast in summer, with quiet sandy beaches, rocky creeks and many fishing harbours. It's neither wild nor remoted. In Loctudy, you will find the fist tide river, but there is a passenger boat to cross Pont L'abbé river, and on the other side it's Ile Tudy. It's a busy coast in summer, but with a wild protected inland. After Ile Tudy, it's a long beach, in direction of St Marine Bénodet, with a protected wild inland. The river Odet worth the visit, on hiking pathes or passenger boat. Also Glenan island if wheather is sunny. The coast between Ile Tudy and St Marine is flat and sandy, with a wild protected inland. Have a good stay in britanny !

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