Walking holidays

Join one of our guided walking holidays and explore the coastline, forests, countryside, lakes, forests, canals, villages and ancient chapels in this beautiful part of Brittany. We are also running walking photography holidays and yoga and walking holidays. Please email us at guebernez@orange.fr for more details

Yoga and Walking Holidays

We've joined together with Karmiyoga's Sarah Dawson to run a five-night Spring Equinox yoga and walking retreat at Gites Guebernez. Start each day with Sarah's Dru/Hatha Yoga session and then pull on your walking boots to explore the fabulous walking nearby. The invigorating walks will take in lakes, secluded beaches, rocky clifftops, pilgrim paths, Medieval towns and villages and ancient chapels. Once back at Guebernez, there'll be daily one-hour sessions of mindful movement and yoga/nidra deep relaxation before a three-course meal (vegetarian) in the chapel barn - with optional wine. Travel to and from Guebernez is not included but guests can get 20% off with Brittany Ferries. Groups of 8-10 are welcome. Weeks are planned in the Spring and Autumn 2017.


Walking Photography Holidays

Join one of our dedicated group walking photography weeks, run in conjunction with 'Walking Photographer' Rich Bunce, a professional commercial and fine art photographer who runs walking photography workshops in Yorkshire. Learn new photography skills while enjoying some of Brittany's best walks, from the magical ancient Huelgoat forest to a dramatic clifftop walk along the Morbihan coastline. Rich will also run special workshops throughout the week, including a night photography workshop. The holiday includes daily photography workshops and guided walks, accommodation with continental breakfast, three picnic lunches, one three-course lunch in a local restaurant, and five three-course evening meals at Guebernez, with wine. Travel to and from Guebernez is not included but guests can get 20% off with Brittany Ferries. Groups of 8-10 are welcome. Weeks are planned in the Spring and Autumn 2017.


The walks

We have selected the best walks in the region, over the stunning clifftop paths of the Morbihan coastline (pictured here), through ancient forests and rolling countryside, alongside lakes, rivers and canals, to ancient chapels, pretty villages and medieval market towns. Walks have been designed to take in a variety of landscapes and can be adjusted according to your group's preferences and fitness levels. Most of the walks follow circular routes, so you won't tread the same path twice. Some of the walks are along designated walking trails, known as 'randonnées', while others we have discovered ourselves. This quiet corner of Brittany is worth exploring at any time of the year, but our walking holidays take place in the spring and autumn, so you'll be seeing the region at its most peaceful and beautiful. To find out more about the daily walks, see the suggested itineraries below.


The food

Of course, a walking holiday in France should be as much about the food as about the walks. Your day will start with a continental breakfast, served in your gite or in the barn, with freshly-made crusty baguettes from the village boulangerie. After a full morning's walk you'll stop at one of the fabulous local restaurants for a hearty lunch - with a glass of wine or two if you want to do as the locals do! On some days you will stop en route for a picnic of baguettes with delicious French cheeses and pates. On most nights, three-course evening meals, with wine, will be served in our chapel barn or in your gite, in front of the log fire. Sample homecooked dishes include warm goats cheese with honey salad or seasonal vegetable tart to start, followed by a main course of coq au vin with thyme and garlic roast potatoes and curly kale or tartiflette with reblochon cheese and a fresh green salad, followed by mousse au chocolat or orange and almond upside down cake. Dishes will make the most of the seasonal vegetables from our own vegetable garden. Vegetarians can be catered for too. The price includes all breakfasts, five lunches and five evening meals.


What's included

Walking holidays include seven nights' gite accommodation, daily guided walks, daily continental breakfast, four picnic lunches, one lunch at a local restaurant, and five three-course evening meals, with wine, at Guebernez, served in our old chapel barn. On two evenings you are invited to sample some of the nearby restaurants. The holiday does not include travel to and from Guebernez or transport during the week, therefore we recommend that guests come by ferry in their own cars. Please email us for prices and dates. All walks are within an hour's drive of Guebernez and most are within 20 minutes. We can give advice on the best crossings and can get you a 20% discount with Brittany Ferries.


Sample walks

Lac de Guerledan
9-mile lakeside walk
Start at L’Abbaye de Bon Repos, a medieval abbey, and follow the edge of Brittany’s largest lake, Lac de Guerledan, through the ancient Quénécan forest, known as ‘Swiss Brittany’, to Anse de Sordan, a small marina and beach. Stop for a picnic lunch with stunning views. After lunch walk back through the forest, past beautiful stone cottages, to Bon Repos.

Circuit des Chapelles, Sainte-Barbe and Le Faouet
7.5 mile circular walk, with one short steep ascent
Follow the Circuit des Chapelles, including the stunning setting of Chapelle Sainte-Barbe, perched high on a hill and with fabulous countryside views. This walk will take you alongside rivers, past natural springs, and through pretty countryside, ending with a 3-course lunch in a friendly family-run restaurant in the picturesque medieval market town of Le Faouet. Optional visit in the afternoon to a local bee or history museum, or to a nearby deer park where you can take a tour in a golf buggy or 4x4 truck.

Cliff top coastal walk from Le Pouldu to Doelan
9 miles
Drive down quiet roads to the Morbihan coastline to the beach at Le Pouldu. From here, you’ll walk along the undulating coastal path, past quiet coves, beaches and seaside cottages to the picture-perfect port of Doelan for a picnic lunch by the estuary. Then, walk back along the coastal path to Le Pouldu, admiring the views from the other direction.

Woodland walk from Guebernez to Guemene sur Scorff
6 miles (optional 6 miles back)
Start at Guebernez and walk through the tiny hamlet of Bot Coet, then through the woods to the pretty Chapelle de Crenenan, then continue the woodland trail to the medieval town of Guemene sur Scorff for lunch at one of Brittany’s oldest restaurants, Les Trois Marchands. After lunch take a walking tour of this quaint market town and head back to Guebernez (by foot or by car).