Ti Hañv, Holiday Cottage in Pontrieux
- Places to visit while on your holiday -

 

Places to visit while staying in Pontrieux

Roscoff, St Malo and Caen are the nearest ferry ports (approximately 1 hour, 1½ hours and 3 hours respectively by car) served by Brittany Ferries. Dinard and Brest airports are both 1¼ hours away and car hire is good value for money. The TGV train from Paris stops at Guincamp (15 minutes drive away) which is also connected by local train to Pontrieux.

Château de la Roche Jagu

Château de la Roche Jagu

There is an exhibition every year and organised events in the summer. The Château is run by the French Regional Departement and has been well-restored. You can imagine what life would have been like.

The grounds are fabulous with various gardens and lots of walks. You can also walk along the river for a way but it does become a scramble after a while. There is a restaurant in the grounds for drinks, ice creams or meals.

For further details click on Château de la Roche Jagu

Walks

It is very pleasant just to wonder round the village itself, exploring, browsing in the shops or sitting by the river. Grand Route GR341 is numbered and winds along the River Trieux. There are many places to access this Grand Route and you can see birds living along the river bank. There are sometimes guided walks in the season.

You will see many Moulins (mills) by the river, most converted to houses now. We have a lovely book of the Moulins along the whole length of the Trieux painted by local artist Jean Cornelius. One of the pictures in the main bedroom is our son's interpretation of the weir at Moulin Châteaulin.

The River Trieux south of Guingamp

You can drive along the D767 south from Guingamp following the route of the Trieux to its source. There are several small churches signposted which you can visit but you have to guess which of the nearby houses has the guardian with the key! Do knock though and ask to see some chapels.

Pontrieux Halte

Le Petit Train

Behind the cottage is Pontrieux Halte. Pontrieux Halte has about 6 trains a day to either Paimpol or Guingamp. The train route to Paimpol is stunning and the only way to see the river apart from on a boat as there isn't a road that follows the river. As La Vapeur du Trieux (steam train) is not currently in operation, you can go to Paimpol by the normal SNCF train. Times are on the station wall. There is a train late morning which gets you to Paimpol for lunch and return later in the afternoon

For further details click on Halte de Pontrieux

Île-de-Bréhat

This island is famous for its micro-climate, lovely flowers and fact that no cars are allowed on it. Transport is by bicycle (which can be hired) and tractor pulling trailers. It is north of Paimpol, reached by short ferry (about 15 minutes) from Pointe de l'Arcouest. Take a picnic for the day or buy local crêpes on the island.

For further details click on Bréhat, Paradise Island

Le Gouffre de Plougrescant

Le Gouffre de Plougrescant

North of Tréguier, there is a house built between two large boulders. Wild coastline when it is windy. There is also a route marked for driving along the coast - Côte Ajonc d'or, worth following, meandering along the coast through some villages.

Océanopolis at Brest

One of the best aquariums in France. Open late in the evening. Good for a day if weather not so good. There is also a good Museum in Brest with sea paintings.

For further details click on Océanopolis.

Breton statues

Parish Enclos

There was local rivalry between St Thegonnec and Guimilliau to see who could build the biggest and best Cavalry. Wherever you go are Breton statues, crosses and dolmens - all in granite.

Monts d'Arrée

In the centre of Brittany wonderful unspoilt countryside for walks, cycling and horseriding.

For further details click on Monts d'Arrée.

Towns

Tréguier (17Km ~ 20 mins drive)

The cathedral town of Tréguier, also a Petite Cite de Charactere', is 15 minutes drive away with a large market on Wednesdays and free entertainment in the large square on Wednesday evenings in the season. As well as the cathedral, you can visit the home of the writer Ernest Renan, and many shops and restaurants.

For further details click on Tréguier.

Morlaix (70Km ~ 1 hour drive)

Stunning viaduct across the river valley. Museum/art gallery. Old merchant houses which you can see round, worth a visit. Nice restaurants and shops. In the summer season you can take the train to the coast and come back along the river by boat.

Lannion (27Km ~ 32 mins drive)

Best market in France on Thursday mornings. Brelevenez Church, home to the Knights Templar. Big retail parks with all the major supermarkets. Lots of restaurants. Le Yaudet has a lovely church with great views over bay. St-Michel-en-Grève has a large flat beach where you can watch the tide creep in.

Perros Guirec (28Km ~ 35 mins drive)

Biggest seaside town with casino! Restaurants and antique shops. From here you can take a boat to the Sept Isles Bird Sanctuary.

Côte de Granite Rosé

Ploumanach (32Km ~ 45 mins drive)

On the Côte de Granite Rosé has wonderful rock formations on the beach including a cross in the local red granite.

Guingamp (18Km ~ 25 mins drive)

Is the nearest town with supermarkets and in the old town are lovely boutiques. The market is on Saturday morning and the shops are closed on Monday morning till 2 pm. There are quite a few nice restaurants in the centre.

Paimpol (18Km ~ 25 mins drive)

Market on Tuesday mornings. Good selection of restaurants all along the road over looking the Bassin - full of ships. Famous for the Chants de Marins festival in August, every other year. 14, 15 & 16 August 2015

Lezardrieux (14Km ~ 20 mins drive)

Lovely old small town with very nice church (lovely stain glass windows and atmosphere) overlooking sea.

Wine and Supermarkets

SEE Billet next to the Crédit Agricole in Place de la Liberté.

There is an Intermarché in Pontrieux

Guingamp has a Carrefour Carrefour, Intermarché, E Leclerc,Lidl, and Point P which is also very good for wines.

Paimpol and Lannion also have Carrefour Carrefourand E Leclerc E Leclerc; Lannion also has Géantand SuperU.

Fish and shell fish

All supermarkets have fish counters from Tuesdays including Pontrieux Intermarche, where Guy will advise you on how to cook things (in French of course). Pontrieux has a van on Monday and Thursdays with Jacqueline selling the fish her husband catches as well as from the wholesalers. She is also in Paimpol on Tuesdays.

Beaches

Port Blanc (22Km ~ 27 mins drive)

Closest. Several different beaches on a natural harbour. Choice of four little beaches where you swim according to height of tide.

Trevou Treguinnec (22Km ~ 30 mins drive)

Wide open beach with kite flying and sometimes a sand buggy. There are two restaurants on the beach both serving moules frites and crêpes.

Lezardrieux (14Km ~ 20 mins drive)

There is a small beach on the river at Lezardrieux, only 20 minutes from the cottage. You can see it when you cross the suspension bridge over the Trieux.

Plage Bonaparte (24Km ~ 32 mins drive)

The most stunning beach in the region at low tide. At least a mile of golden sand which is covered at high tide so it is incredibly clean. You can walk down on to the beach at Bonaparte, turn right and walk for 20 minutes until you reach Gwin Zegal, a sweet harbour with tree trunks in it to moor boats and stop erosion, then back along the cliff. But you can only get that far at low tide. You can do it the other way round, but take care to check tide times as you could end up getting wet feet or even cut off!

Plage Bonaparte