St-Briac-sur-Mer to Pointe du Décollé
Country - France
Region - Ille et Vilaine (35) - Brittany
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 16.0 km / 10 miles
Time - 5.00 hours
This delightful walk follows a section of the long distance footpath GR34 or Sentier des Douaniers along the beautiful Brittany coastline to the west of Dinard. There are no significant ascents and with plenty of opportunities for refreshments along the route it makes a very pleasant extended half day excursion. The path is well signposted although it is useful to have a copy of the recommended map.
The start is located alongside the D786. We approached from Ploubalay and after crossing a bridge over a coastal inlet the roads turns north with the beach at St-Briac-sur-Mer coming into view on your left. Almost immediately, on your right hand side is a large parking area. Park here.
Walk north along the D786 past a small garden on your left with a memorial. Reaching a four way junction, turn left to walk along the back of the beach. The route is marked with red and white flashes and some care is needed to spot some of the markings. Towards the end of the beach turn right past houses. At the next junction turn left and follow the road round to a t-junction. Turn left. Continue along this road eventually bearing right along a wide track to a small car park (which could also be used as a starting point. Walk through the car park and follow the path turning right and then left to head towards the sea.
You are now on the coast with a golf course on your right. Immediately you have wonderful views across the sea to outlying islands. Little description is required from this point onwards except to follow the clearly marked path. After turning west you reach a small café (presumably only open in season) to reach a longer beach. At the far end of this expanse of sand is a hilly promontory, the Pointe de la Garde Guérin, which the path soon reaches.
From the top of the promontory you have a wonderful view east across the Plage de Longchamp towards the Pointe du Décollé with its large stone cross. Continue along the back of the beach on the wide promenade with cafés and restaurants. Reaching the far end of the beach the GR34 takes to the road turning left through residential housing to reach the Pointe du Décollé where further refreshments are available. The view east from here across Rance Estuary to St Malo is particularly good.
The return route follows the outward path and offers a different perspective of the beautiful coastline. At a leisurely pace the walk takes about 5 hours excluding stops for refreshments.
- IGN Carte de Randonnée - St-Cast-le-Guildo & Cap Fréhel - 1:25000 Sheet 1116 ET
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