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Discovering our most beautiful natural sites

As autumn arrives, walking and exploring takes on a particular atmosphere of its own. For your next excursions, we’ve put together 9 suggested natural sites that are all open to the public, offering you flore, fauna and remarkable geology.
Nature Fans, it’s time to head off in search of the beautiful islands, cliffsides, woods, moorland and peaks of Morlaix Bay and the Monts d’Arrée!

> Cliffs and rocky coasts

Poulcerf Cliffs/ Locquirec
There are stunning viewpoints along the coastal path (GR 34), where you can also see various coastal plants: heather, broom, moorland and wild blackthorn bushes.

Beg an Fry / Guimaëc
This coastal point is part of a dramatic rocky coast that is both wild and preserved, exposed and a sheer drop, continuing practically uninterrupted for 7 km.

Pointe de Primel / Plougasnou
To watch over the vessels at sea, naval architect Vauban placed two canon to reinforce the fort at Château du Taureau that he had just renovated. After Napoleon’s Continental Block, a cabin for the customs officers was built so that they could survey the waterways.

Pen al Lann / Carantec
Dominating the coast, this point offers an unrivalled view of Morlaix Bay. The terrace at the nearby ’Claude Goude’ botanic gardens offers a wide variety of plants and is well worth a little detour.

> Islands

Île Callot / Carantec
Tiny and fragile, this island can be reached on foot when the sea is out, around 2 to 3 hours before high tide - then is cut off to become an island again as soon as the waters rise.

île Callot, Carantec, Finistère, Bretagne

> Moorland

Cragou / Le Cloître Saint-Thégonnec , Plougonven
Managed by the association Bretagne Vivante, the Reserve at Cragou is a microcosm of all the ecology of the Monts d’Arrée: moorland, peat bogs, rocky peaks with primitive woods that lay untouched by mankind.

Roc’h ar Feunteun / Plounéour-Ménez
In the Armorican Massif you’ll find some of the most ancient rocks of France (said to date back more than 2 billion years). The peaks of Monts d’Arrée are formed from schiste and quartzite.
This area offers exceptional examples of flora and fauna, at an altitude of 372m.

> Forests

Pors an Trez / Saint-Martin-des-Champs
This terraced woodland is a great place for admiring the river of Morlaix, and it is home to various trees and bushes including a few rare examples.

Lannigou / Taulé
On the steep slopes of the left banks of the Morlaix river, this site proved a vantage point for its incredible view across the water and the surrounding areas.

Click here for a map of the most beautiful natural sites

Looking out for the environment starts with a few simple steps...
As these are sensitive and protected sites, here are a few guidelines to follow when you’re out and about:

  • Use the parking areas provided and respect any barriers or gateways.
  • The trails have been designed to respect the sites and to ensure your safety. Nevertheless, these are natural, wild spots so you still need to stay aware of your safety at all times.
  • In order to ensure that the various species are unharmed - particularly the wild birds in mating season - please stay on the signposted pathways.
  • Leave the plants where they are, keep any dogs on leads at all times, and never attempt to light fires in these sites.
  • Be a responsible visitor: bring back any rubbish with you and help to protect the natural environment.