Hiking trail #14 - Bertheaume fort

Plougonvelin Plougonvelin
  • Type Pedestrian
  • Distance 7.4 Km
  • Duration 2h
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Walks
Fort de Bertheaume - Plougonvelin Léa LE RU
Créac'h Meur Point
bertheaume perzel 2 beach

About us

The Pointe de Bertheaume is a land of history, where Vauban citadels and modern batteries have succeeded one another over the centuries.

With the circuits published by "Iroise Bretagne", choose quality hiking with official circuits marked and maintained by the Fédération Française de Randonnée du Finistère and Pays d'Iroise Communauté.

Along the way, you'll discover the Bertheaume fort and the Créac'h Meur headland.

- Parking du fort de Bertheaume à Poulherbet > White - Red
- Poulherbet au parking du fort de Bertheaume > Yellow

At the Iroise Bretagne Tourist Office, you'll find hard-copy hiking maps and topoguides published by the Fédération Française de Randonnée du Finistère.

See the bottom of the page for all the activities and restaurants in the area.

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DEPARTURE: Bertheaume fort parking lot, 29217 Plougonvelin.

The 37-meter-high Bertheaume fort was built around 1690, at the request of Louis XIV, to protect Brest during the War of the League of Augsburg. Vauban installed three cannons and two mortars on the upper platform of the islet to control the Bertheaume cove, where all ships entering or leaving Brest harbor still pass today. A wise decision: in June 1694, an English fleet went on the attack, but was greeted by a deluge of bombs from the fort, enough to repel them.
The usefulness of Bertheaume was no longer in doubt, and Vauban's successors continued his work in the 18th and 19th centuries. Barracks, powder magazines and a perimeter wall were first installed, before the fort, then only accessible at low tide, was equipped with a footbridge in 1835, followed by casemates some fifty years later.

Head for the entrance to the old batteries and down the coastal path. To the right, walk along the seaward side of the fort. Continue along the GR 34 along the coast, discovering the Pouloguène rocks, Poulizan cove and Créac'h Meur headland, after a challenging climb. (At sea, the Charles-Martel buoy is equipped with an audible fog signal).

Bertheaume fort parking lot
Créac'h Meur Point

At the end of the cul-de-sac (rue du Vieil Amer), you'll see an amer.
The amer is a beacon used by sailors to guide their course.
It was the forerunner of lighthouses.

Situated below the Bertheaume fort, it is also known as the Bertheaume beach, and features a children's play area and mobile pontoon. A wide range of sporting activities are offered during the summer season, to the delight of the whole family (snorkeling, canyoning, jet skiing).

Plage du Perzel
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