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Lac Du Guerledan

East of Rosquelfen is the Lac de Guerlédan, Brittany’s largest lake.

Not only is this the perfect place for sunning yourself or messing about on the water but the area also offers extensive trails for walking and cycling. The lake boasts two beaches, one at Beau Rivage and the other at Anse de Sordan. You can hire kayaks and pedlos at both these beaches.

The Quénécan forest and Abbaye de Bon Repos are also not to be missed.

A good time to visit Guerlédan is in mid-August when the Fête du Lac takes place – a day-long festival featuring markets, classic cars, water-based activities, fireworks and the all-important Fez Noz. 


   

Nantes Brest Canal

The Nantes-Brest canal (Canal de Nantes à Brest) is a French canal which links the two cities of Nantes and Brest through inland Brittany. 

It was built during the 19th century and its total length is 385 km with 238 locks from coast to coast.

In 1923 the route of the canal was broken by the Guerledan dam. Navigation is no longer possible between Maël-Carhaix and Pontivy. The lake flooded the uppermost portion of the canal for some 8 km along with 17 locks

The paths along the canal are great for walking or cycling.

   

Nearby Towns

Gouarec

The village of Gouarec, which is located just down the hill from Rosquelfen is in the  department of the Côtes d'Armor in northern Brittany, is a typical French village.
The village is quite well equipped, and offers most of the basic amenities that you might expect. There are small shops, a supermarket, banks, bars, cafés and restaurants, and a couple of fine bakeries.

Rostrenen

The traditional market town of Rostrenen, remains largely untouched by modern architecture and developments, and thus is thought to be one of Brittany’s prettiest towns. The houses are mainly built in traditional building materials of stone and slate, and there is a welcoming feel to the town that. 

 Despite this traditional feel, the town is well supplied with amenities and leisure facilities, having several supermarkets, restaurants and bars. Sports fans will be happy there too, as Rostrenen caters for most sporting tastes, having lakes for fishing and water sports, glorious countryside for walking, cycling and horse-riding, golf, and tennis clubs for the more energetic! There are also a couple of large and well stocked supermarkets just before you enter the town from Rosquelfen.

There is an extensive Tourist Information centre which has details of places to visit in the local area.


Mur de Bretagne


The market village of Mûr de Bretagne is located in the very heart of Brittany. The village has some considerable charm, being of a size that offers great facilities, yet not so big that its peaceful charm is wrecked by over commercialisation.

Those who know Mûr de Bretagne say it is a village that offers the warmest of welcomes to all, be they holiday visitors or new residents. Mûr de Bretagne is no sleepy backwater either, for although it is a calm and tranquil way of life that is lived here, but a lot of fun to be had for young and old, we highly recommend the crazy golf course next to the main church. There are fêtes and festivals, especially through the summer months, when the village is delighted to introduce you to its culture, history and traditions, often in a very colourful and musical fashion. Mur was also one of the main stage stops for the 2011 Tour De France.

Mûr de Bretagne offers a variety of excellent restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. Each week, in the summer, there is also a night market held here, where  local crafts people showcasing their wares.

Local Restaurants


Locally there are a few restaurants that we have tried and would recommend:

Le Kost Ar C'Hout Pizzaria in Gouarec is well worth a visit. Good Pizzas and Ice Creams to follow. In the summer you will need to book a table if you intending eating here at the weekends as it is very popular with the locals.

There is a second restaurant in Gouarec, Le Bout De Pont, almost on the same road as the pizzaria, but near to the Nante Brest Canal.We have only visited for lunch, as they do a set meal, but well worth a visit as it was full of local tradesmen eating. The front of the restaurant looks empty but there is a large dining room behind. The three course lunch consists of buffet starter ( including snails), meat and potato second course, and a small selection of sweets. There is also a free bottle of house wine on the table.

Just to the left of the junction which features Le Bout De Pont, and technically in Pleauff, is the Au Bon Vieux Temps Creperie and Restaurant which we visited recently, this is a very busy Creperie, but very pleasant, with great service. You can sample the best Brittany Galettes along with other Crepes. They also have special boards, and dishes of the day, the Beouf Bouguignon is to be recomended.

Just off the road towards the Lake de Guerledan and Mur De Bretagne lies the small village of Caurel. On the main street, opposite the hotel is a small house that doesn't on first inspection look like a restaurant. This is the Auberge De Guerledan Restaurant. The serve both lunch and evening meals, and have three courses for a set fee. The food here is excellent. The restaurant is open from 9.00am to 3.00pm, and 5.00pm till midnight daily.You can walk in but they do take bookings on 00 33 2.96.26.35.16


Mur de Bretange has probably the largest selection of restaurants, including one which has a Michelin star. We have not eaten in this restaurant but have eaten in one of the small cafes in the square, and also in the Le Relais Du Boucher which is on the main road into Mur, they do good quality lunches.