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At Saint-Cast-Le Guildo the “ringing stones” (pierres sonnantes) are on the opposite bank of the Arguenon to the Le Guildo castle.  They are large boulders of amphibole which make a special sound when hit with a pebble. According to legend, Gargantua threw them up when crossing the river. Of course Saint-Cast-Le Guildo also has its deep-water marina, its beaches and its maritime and sporting leisure activities.

www.saintcastleguildo.fr
 



At Créhen, Gilles de Bretagne Castle overlooks the mouth of the Arguenon and the view is splendid from there.  Gilles de Bretagne was the youngest son of Duke Jean V of Brittany.  He was born during the Hundred Years’ War and was brought up in the English court with the young prince and future king, Henry VI, as proof of good relations between the Duke and the House of Lancaster.  Gilles often stayed at Le Guildo, which was the property of his young wife, Françoise of Dinan. He received English representatives there and campaigned for the Duchy of Brittany to take action against France. He was accused of treason, arrested at Le Guildo in 1446 and died of suffocation in its prison in 1450.

www.valdarguenon.fr
 



At Corseul, Montafilan château.  This fortress with six towers stands on a steep hill surrounded by two deep, wooded valleys.  It was built by the Counts of Montafilan Dinan in the 12th Century. The last owner, Françoise of Dinan, was Anne of Brittany’s governess. You should also visit the Coriosolis Museum, which is a recreational, interactive museum, suitable for everyone, which depicts the past and particularly that of the Gallo-Roman period and the present-day heritage. The Temple of Mars, on the Dinan road, is also a must.

www.valdarguenon.fr
and www.corseul.fr
 



At Plédéliac, the Ferme d’antan is an old farm converted into a farming museum. Open from Wednesday 19th to Saturday 29th (2 pm - 5 pm). Beforehand, have a look at La Hunaudaye Castle, a majestic fortress which has been magnificently renovated.


www.ferme-dantan22.com
and www.la-hunaudaye.com
 



At Plévenon you can see Gargantua’s finger! This skinny menhir, 2.9 metres high, is on the way to Fort-La-Latte, which is a superb feudal fortress with many historical points of interest: centuries’ old castle walls, towers, drawbridges, dungeons and keep. Not to be missed.

www.castlelalatte.com
 



At Fréhel, the Vieux Bourg chapel is on the Chèvres Point, one of the best viewpoints in the area.  It faces Cap Fréhel, a spectacular, 70-metre-high headland of pink sandstone. The chapel has twelve 16th and 17th Century coloured statues, a painted vault and ancient pictures. After viewing the chapel, you should keep along the road to the pleasant resort of Sables d’Or, which was built from scratch in the 1920s.

www.les-chapelles-de-frehel.net

 



At Plurien the bridge of the old railway line is the best place for viewing the spring tides and also for seeing the flora and fauna of the marshland of the lagoon. The local railway line between Erquy and Matignon passed through here from its inauguration in 1924 and the “little train” had two stops in Sables d’Or. Now it has been converted into a cycle track, part of the “Green Route” V4, a fantastic way to see the coast between here and Erquy.

www.plurien-tourisme.com

 



At Erquy is the Bienassis château, whose majestic façade at the end of the long avenue approaching it is very impressive. It is a listed historical monument from the 15th and 17th Centuries and is a perfect example of a stately home, open to the public. It has gardens, a kitchen garden, moats, stables, a main courtyard, a chapel and a nicely furnished interior. In summer special events are organised on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Afterwards you should see Erquy, its fishing port, its ten lovely beaches and the magnificent landscapes of the Cap d’Erquy.

www.chateau-bienassis.com
and www.erquy-tourisme.com
 



At Saint-Lormel, Saint-Lunaire church, which was built on the remains of a 2nd Century BC Celtic temple, was rebuilt several times until it took its present form in the 15th and 16th Centuries. It is still surrounded by its old churchyard wall and has a number of ancient yew trees (the largest has a circumference of over 7 metres and is probably a thousand years old – it is listed by the Département of Côtes d’Armor as a remarkable tree).  There is also a 16th Century calvary and fragments of Gallo-Roman columns.

www.valdarguenon.fr

 



At Jugon-les-Lacs, I catch my first fish! The Maison Pêche et nature (Fishing and Nature House) organises outings for all age groups: freshwater fishing, nature walks on woodland flowers ( wood anemones, violets, bluebells…) and on birds to be seen from the lake shore (cormorants, grey herons, black-headed gulls…). This invigorating little “Cité de caractère” also offers a wide choice of walking or mountain-biking routes or water sports.

www.jugon-les-lacs.com
 



At Lamballe, the museum of popular art and traditions. Next to the Maison du Bourreau (the Executioner’s House) a half-timbered 17th Century house, in this museum you can discover the traditions and customs of the area. Next door, the Mathurin Méheut Museum has paintings, sculptures and mosaics by this famous artist, who was born in Lamballe. You will want then also to visit the National Stud.

www.lamballe-tourisme.com
and www.lamballe-communaute.com
 



At Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer, the Le Chevet Point is a listed site with a wonderful view over the mouth of the Arguenon, the Ebihens Island and the La Colombière Island, a nature reserve for lots of birds, in particular roseate terns. Saint-Jacut, a former fishing village, all of whose streets and alleys lead to the sea, has kept its authentic atmosphere.

www.valdarguenon.fr
and www.mairie-saintjacutdelamer.com