Circuit rando n°15 - The Saint-Mathieu circuit

Walks
Plougonvelin Plougonvelin
  • Type Pedestrian
  • Distance 11.5 Km
  • Duration 4h
  • Difficulty Medium
  • Walks
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Rospects
Davieds (2)

About us

A prestigious circuit in the commune of Plougonvelin, in the Iroise region, on a steep rocky coast.
In fine weather, the islands of the Molène archipelago and the island of Ouessant can be seen on the horizon, as well as the north coast of the Crozon peninsula.
Along the way, you'll also discover a former German command post (now the Musée Mémoires 39-45), the Pointe Saint-Mathieu site, the Rospects blockhouse and the pierced stones once used by seaweed growers.

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

At the bottom of the page, see all the activities and restaurants in the area.

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Itinerary
Step 1/5:

DEPARTURE: Espace culturel Kéraudy parking lot. 29217 Plougonvelin.

You can see them in the distance, these large concrete platforms dating from the last world war.
Built in July 1940 by the occupying forces, they were part of a vast defensive system designed to deny Allied ships access to the port of Brest. It was the most formidable German battery in western Brittany, occupying 22 hectares.
The remains of this post, still in good condition, have been transformed into a museum. And not just any museum: a museographic success in an exceptional concrete labyrinth!
A must-see!

Patrimoine Iroise

Plougonvelin
En route to Pointe Saint-Mathieu

Discover this marvellous "Monument Historique" site: the ruins of an ancient Benedictine abbey, a small chapel, the Saint-Mathieu lighthouse and museum, and the cenotaph.

Continue along the coastal path towards the rocky outcrop of Les Rospects. Reach the Vaéré and its conical bitter at the edge of the path.

The Vaéré garden is well worth a visit, and is the voluntary work of a private individual. Gaby Quellec opens it to the public and is delighted to see visitors admiring and respecting his plantations. Among the flowers or in the shelter of the foliage, visitors can sometimes discover a small building: a reduced lighthouse, an old bistro or a small manor house. The owner, who has become both a mason and a model-maker, thus introduces a reminder of the human presence in his garden.

Plougonvelin
Pointe Saint-Mathieu site

A stopover is a must!
The blockhouse with the cap offers a splendid view, on a clear day, of:
Rospects, Tas de Pois, Cap de la Chèvre and Pointe du Raz.

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the blockhouse with the cap

Set back from the GR34 is the Vaéré garden.

This little garden, well worth a visit, is the voluntary work of a private individual. However, Gaby Quellec opens it to the public and is delighted to see visitors admiring and respecting his plantings.
Among the flowers or in the shelter of the foliage, visitors will discover in places a small construction: a reduced lighthouse, an old bistro or a small manor house.
The owner, who has become both a mason and a model builder, thus introduces a reminder of the human presence in his garden.

Plougonvelin
The Vaéré garden

The church is surrounded by an enclosure.
It is a classical Latin cross building.
Burnt down during the 1944 bombings, the building was restored between 1948 and 1951.

Patrimoine iroise

Church of Saint-Gwenaël
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