Hiking trail #19 - The Locméven chapel
- 11 Km
WARNING: until spring 2024, for the safety of hikers, access to Illien beach is closed due to construction work.
It is nestled at the back of the hill, sheltered from the whims of the ocean, in a quality environment. The restoration of this chapel in 1982 is an example of how to safeguard local heritage. The water from its fountain is said to cure scabies and skin diseases.
Along the way, discover Kerhornou beach, Locméven chapel, Illien beach and the Porstheven site.
- Parking de la plage de Kerhornou à la chapelle de Locméven > Blanc - Rouge
- Chapelle de Locméven à Prat ar Varques, plage de Perzic > Jaune
- Prat ar Varques, plage de Perzic au parking de la plage de Kerhornou > Blanc - Rouge
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.
DEPARTURE: Kerhornou parking lot
At the bottom of the parking lot, take the steps to the left and follow the GR 34 coastal path to an intersection.
A river separates the beaches of Porsmoguer in Plouarzel and Kerhornou in Ploumoguer.
This large sandy beach has a parking lot at each end.
On a clear day, you can see the Molène archipelago.
The calm waters make it ideal for long-distance sailing all year round.
The Porsmoguer cove is a mooring area for boats.
Leave the GR to climb up to the Locméven chapel and its small fountain.
Not far from the ocean and nestling in the valley, this chapel is well worth a stop. Completely isolated, almost on the edge of the shore, this pretty little chapel owes its existence, according to legend, to a shipwreck that took place opposite it in the 11th century. Sailors from an English or Irish ship miraculously reached the nearby cove despite the storm, as their ship was sinking. The captain then vowed to build a chapel to Saint Méen on the coast, and from then on he lived in a nearby farmhouse. As always, there is no historical record to support this legend. But it is nevertheless plausible. The chapel features life-size statues of Saint-Méen, the Virgin Mary and Sainte-Barbe.
The water from the nearby fountain is said to cure scabies and skin diseases.
In the heart of a valley, you'll find the little beach of Illien: a peaceful place that calls for relaxation.
Set between two hills, the beach is generally sheltered from the wind.
A slipway provides access to the beach.
Along the way, you can make out some old seaweed houses at the top of the cliff. The Porstheven site is described on a sign.
The rocks on this part of the shoreline are very different from the others, appearing as vertical slabs of blackish-grey.
This hard, very dense rock is dolerite: magma from deep within the Earth injected itself into the Earth's crust through faults around 190 million years ago. Geologists call this rocky intrusion a dyke: viscous, high-temperature magma seeps into a fault in the Earth's crust and gradually cools at depth
© Patrimoine Iroise
"Work began on the Porstheven beach. For several days, the dozen families living on the site harvested the seaweed deposited by the tides. This mixture of seaweed is hauled up the dune using a davier, or davied in Breton: a horse-drawn winch for harvesting seaweed."
We invite you to read the enamelled lava plaque to learn more about the history of this site.