The walled town of Dinan
Walk 6095

Country - France

Region - Côtes-d'Armor (22) - Brittany

Author - Lou Johnson

Time - 1.50 hours

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Dinan is a medieval walled town on the River Rance. Most of the urban development has taken place on the high ground above the river although more limited development has taken place alongside the river which is now known as Port Dinan. The has many fine old buildings some of which are as early as the 13th century. The town retains a large section of the city walls, which form the basis of this walk.

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On arriving in Dinan follow signs to the Tourist Information Office. Opposite is a large car park where you pay on exit. A visit to the Tourist Office will allow you to obtain a detailed map of the town together which shows a suggested circular walk around the walls. There is also the option to descend to the Port but do remember that it is fairly stiff climb back to the hilltop town. As might be expected refreshments are in abundant supply!

It is suggested that you complete the circular walk which offers some wonderful views both across the old town and down to the port. Once the circular walk has been completed you can explore the streets of the old town.

Walking the walls took us about 90 minutes and exploring the main streets and notable buildings another hour.

Suggested Maps

- IGN Carte de Randonnée - St-Malo, Dinard, Dinan - 1:25000 Sheet 1116 ET

Digital Mapping

French IGN mapping is available in digital format by area and 'cut your own' maps. For more information and availabilty go to the Anquet website.

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