Local Tours – Saint Pol-de-Léon, Finistère, Brittany, France

This morning started early as it looks like poor Lizzy had the gastro enteritis which Lola was treated for a week before we set off. Kevin was therefore out with a head torch and the dogs at 06:30. After a cup of tea while we waited for daylight we decided we may as well set out for the day. It was a pretty grey and dull day, but I opted for a 20 mile cycle loop round the headland to Carantec. Kevin meanwhile set off with the girls for a lovely 3 mile+ beach walk around Îlot Sainte-Anne.

Our new bike carrier for this trip is performing well, I have opted to bring my new road bike and within a few minutes was kitted up and on my way following my GPS to Carantec. As we have learned to expect there were some great cycle paths much of the way. I hardly passed any traffic except in the town itself and passed some lovely scenery along the valley of La Penzé. I stopped for the obligatory arty bike-with-scenery shots looking back toward Saint Pol-de-Leon, whilst a local lady collected seaweed with a bucket looking at me sceptically. I was following a local cyclist for the last 5 miles on the way back, forcing me to pick up my pace a bit, to keep up with the considerably older but very fit cyclist just ahead.

Kevin meanwhile had much fun with the girls racing round the beach after a days’ ferry confinement. Especially after discovering the large rabbit colony on Îlot Sainte-Anne. No rabbits were injured but much enjoyment was had chasing and smelling.

After we were all back and rested it was time for a wander into Saint-Pol-de-Léon town centre. We had discovered Galettes (pancakes) in Normandy on our last trip and had tried to recreate at home since. However it was definitely time to get some local authentically French galettes. So after some deliberation we selected one of the three creperies in town and enjoyed another fabulous lunch complete with some local cidre bizarrely served in teacups.

13th century Saint-Paul Aurélien Cathedral

A wander round town and picking up some local delicacies for our onward journey followed by a beer in a local bar, the drizzly rain directed us back to our motorhome. In much discussion has been where to head next as we are loving being back in Brittany. However, it is cold and drizzly much like home currently, whereas the Costa Brava is 22 degrees C and cloudless sunshine. So, we think we will head south and save a more extensive Brittany tour for a warmer time of year.

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