Monday, December 12, 2011

Xmas Day walking

For those who are alone at Xmas and would maybe like to combine a walk with being 'around' other people if not actually with them, BWs has thse suggestions. The Chateau of Trévarez (near Chateauneuf-du-Faou) with its magnificent gardens is open on Christmas Day. You pay an entrance fee but then have acres of varied grounds (pictured above) to explore (the wilder bit is off to the left on approach to the chateau) and also a café and shop for a bit of social contact.
The forest of Huelgoat has numerous options for walking. For a change from the famous Chaos area, follow the canal out to the old mine, or stroll down the Argent river from the Gouffre. The café/bookshop L'Autre Rive (signed off the D769 on the left when leaving the town) with its warm ambience (and great hot chocolate) is open on the 25th, hot food and drinks available all day.
Finally Quimper is always a good place to be alone among people, and you'll be able to find a friendly bar open - try the Café des Arts on the quay by the Prefecture. It's the kind of place you can sit for hours, after enjoying a climb up Mont Frugy behind the tourist office or a gentle stroll along the Odet to picturesque Locmaria.
If none of those ideas appeal, join BWs on Boxing Day for a short or medium length walk at Huelgoat (2pm). Details here next week.

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