Although I had toured around Brittany before by car, there were still places to visit that I had missed on that first trip in the 1970s. So I bought two books which covered the coast from Mont St Michel to Benodet to find out which bits to walk. I chose the three areas which appealed to me the most: the Ile d’Ouessant, the Pointe du Raz area and the end of the Crozon Peninsula around Camaret. The last two are covered in Wendy Mewes, “Walking the Brittany Coast”, Volume 2, 2008, henceforth referred to as ‘Mewes’. She has very detailed path directions, which I find rather irritating as the path is usually obvious, but she gives a good idea of the terrain with lots of pictures. I had hoped that spring would have arrived by the time of my visit in March 2020 but the main thing that had arrived was the Covid 19 outbreak (about 200 cases in France when I arrived, 600 the next day and 10,000 by the time I left two weeks later). Fortunately for me, Brittany was one of the least affected areas; nevertheless, I kept to myself as much as possible and did a lot of hand-washing.
I planned my trip by public transport, which meant a bit of hanging around near Gares Routieres, the French bus stations, and a lot of consulting timetables in the planning stage as the buses are less frequent in the winter (September to June) but that’s OK by me. As you probably know, Brittany, like Cornwall, sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean and gets the first taste of whatever weather is coming from that direction: wind, showers and sun in variable proportions, particularly around the coast where I was going.
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