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BRITTANY - From Brittany to Mont Saint Michel's Bay...

Brittany to "Mont Saint Michel" - 2018
July 08 to 14
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July 22 to 28
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August 05 to 11
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August 19 to 25
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"Grouin Cancale" to "Mont Saint Michel" - 2018
July 15 to 21
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July 29 to August 04
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August 12 to 18
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August 26 to September 01
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Included:

- Trail ride as described, full board, drinks included during the meals (water, wine and cider)
- Guiding with a qualified riding guide, and a second guide for the crossing of the Bay
- Transfers from Rennes train station or Pontorson train station
- Total and unlimited financial guarantee (APS) of all payments made to us (see "why ride with us ?"),
- Protection of the French Law for travel consumers who book through French travel agencies (see "why ride with us ?").

 

Not included:

- transport to the meeting point
- drinks except those included in the meals
- any other service or optional visit entries, personal expenses
- tips
- optional insurances

 

 

 

 

 



Brittany is a region of nature and traditions, a land of legends...

This ride will take you from Argoat to Armor, from the land of the forest to the land of the sea, for a complete discovery of this celtic territory.
You will leave from the heart of High Brittany, on hollow paths that leave the farmlands dotted with granite churches only to sink into deep dark forests...

Little by little, the atmosphere changes, the wind is saltier, the vegetation shorter : we arrive at grasslands and polders along the coast, between land and sea.
The last two days of this ride take place in the Mont Saint Michel Bay, that we cross on horseback, highlight of a varied itinerary.

If you are not available for a full week ride, we suggest our weekend ride in the Mont Saint Michel Bay, for 3 to 4 days.

BRITTANY TO "MONT SAINT MICHEL"

Day 1 - Sunday
Arrival at the riding centre at the end of the day or transfer in Rennes train station (if the transfer is booked in advance).
Dinner and night at the guesthouse.

Day 2 - Monday
We begin our ride through the forest of Montmurran and past its castle. Our horses lead us to the quiet canal of Ille and Rance, towards Bédé, where we stop for a packed lunch on a charming spot.
This afternoon, we ride in the Breton countryside, to the pond of Combourg, where we can enjoy a swim with the horses.
Dinner and night at the hotel in front of Combourg castle.

Day 3 - Tuesday
After breakfast, we leave on horseback around 10am through Combourg village. We cross the countryside towards Saint Leger des Prés. After a packed lunch, we enter the forest and reach the natural estate of la Higourdais, a classified site. During the first part of this trip, we discover High Brittany, with its hollow paths, its bocage, its granite houses and the tiny chapels here and there.
Dinner and night in a guesthouse in Epiniac.

Day 4 - Wednesday
This morning, we leave the guesthouse and ride towards the village of Epiniac. We ride past Landal castle and discover the fauna and flora of la Higourdais, a paradise for nature lovers. This natural and protected park allows the fauna, and especially the birds, to live undisturbed. After the lunch break, we ride towards Dol de Bretagne and Le Mont Dol where we spend the night in the guesthouse "La Morinière".

Day 5 - Thursday
Today, we ride in landscapes that are completely different from what we have seen in the past few days. We discover polders and grasslands, these areas between land and sea where small rivers run into the sea. After a packed lunch, we keep riding along the Couesnon river, which marks the border between Brittany and Normandy. Depending on the centuries, the Mont Saint Michel has either been Breton or Normand ! Polders and grasslands cover more than 3000 hectares, being a unique natural area. The polders (spaces gained over the sea) are geometric and limited by sea walls. We can see many bird species : buzzards, peregrine falcons, sandpipers, plovers... but also enjoy nice canters on the beach !
Before our last riding day, the crossing of the Bay, we stop for the night in a guesthouse in Moidrey.

Day 6 - Friday
Today is the so-expected day when we are going to ride across the famous Bay. We ride past Tomblaine rock, laying in the middle of this sand sea, and reach the Bec d'Andaine, located on the other side of the Bay. We get the chance to discover a wild area, different from everything we have seen so far.
By the end of the day, we go back to the guesthouse in Moidrey for dinner and night.

Warning : The program of this day is given as a rough guide. We often need to modify the itinerary depending on the weather and the ground. We cannot ride everywhere and the tide can change the landscape and the possible routes from one day to the other. We also have to take into account the schedule of the tides.
We cannot stop for a visit of the Mont Saint Michel, as we don't have anywhere to leave the horses and the crowds of walking tourists is too important on the site to visit the Mont on horseback safely.


Day 7 - Saturday
After breakfast, we drive the horses and riders back to our starting point. We reach the riding centre by the end of the morning. Lunch is not included. Riders are free to leave around noon. A transfer can be organized to Rennes train station.

GOOD TO KNOW :
The Bay can be dangerous. That is why we ride with two guides in the Bay : our guide who will guide us for the whole week plus another guide who has the necessary permit to cross the Bay.


 

"GROUIN CANCALE" TO "MONT SAINT MICHEL"

Day 1 - Sunday
Arrival at the riding centre at the end of the day or transfer in Rennes train station (if the transfer is booked in advance).
Dinner and night at the guesthouse.

Day 2 - Monday
After breakfast, we prepare the horses and go to the Mont-Dol. We pass by the "Balcon de la Baie" of Roz-sur-Couesnon and we enjoy a beautiful overview on the Mont Saint Michel Bay. After the lunch at the restaurant, we take the road again and ride the crests of Saint-Broladre by the tree-filled paths. At the end of the day, we ride along the river to the Mont-Dol, a 64m rocky point situated in the heart of the marsh. Diner and night at the guesthouse.

Day 3 - Tuesday
From the Mont-Dol we go through the polders. We will slalom between the cereal cultivation and the market gardening to Saint-Guinoux where we will lunch. After that, we leave the inland to go in direction of the coast. Diner and night at the best&breakfast situated at 50m of the sea.

Day 4 - Wednesday
On the program today, the beaches and the cliffs of the Cancale coast. We pass near by the Beauregard castle, and go in direction of the Pointe du Nid where will glimpse the Guesclin Fort. We cross the peninsula of Cancale passing by the Verger beach and the Pointe de la Moullière to reach the Pointe du Grouin ! It is the best point of view to admire the Mont Saint Michel, Chaussey island and the normand coast. We will also catch sight of the Landes island, a ornithology reserve. After the picnic, we continue our ride along the Grande rade de Cancale. Get back to the bed&breakfast and we appreciate a sampling of the famous oyster of Cancale.

Day 5 - Thursday
Today, we follow the coastline from Cancale to the Mont Saint Michel. After long gallop on the beach, we arrive at Cherrueix and we have lunch in a restaurant with a view on the sea. We leave again via the Duchesse-Anne seawall, in direction of the Saint Anne chapel, a place of pilgrimage. After we go through the herbus, area situated between the seawall and the sea. During the high tide this area is covered by the sea, but in normal time is the area where the "prés-salés" sheeps are, the famous sheep of the bay.
Night at the Bed&breakfast and diner in a next door restaurant.

Day 6 - Friday
Today is the so-expected day when we are going to ride across the famous Bay. We ride by the green path which take us to the bay. This area offers a great opportunity to canter !
During this crossing, we live intense moments. The expectional light give breathtaking colours at this place. Tombelaine island, this immense rock situated in the middle of the sea is also a ornitholgy reserve, and without forgot this outstanding Mont Saint Michel ! Our guide relate us the history and
the legend of those mysterious places. We go back to coast and we stop for lunch.
After this we go back to our accomodation and we have diner in a next door restaurant.

Warning : The program of this day is given as a rough guide. We often need to modify the itinerary depending on the weather and the ground. We cannot ride everywhere and the tide can change the landscape and the possible routes from one day to the other. We also have to take into account the schedule of the tides.
We cannot stop for a visit of the Mont Saint Michel, as we don't have anywhere to leave the horses and the crowds of walking tourists is too important on the site to visit the Mont on horseback safely.


Day 7 - Saturday
After breakfast, riders are free to leave around noon. A transfer can be organized to Pontorson train station. Lunch is not included.

GOOD TO KNOW :
The Bay can be dangerous. That is why we ride with two guides in the Bay : our guide who will guide us for the whole week plus another guide who has the necessary permit to cross the Bay.

Horses and riding level

Horses
On this ride, horses are from different breeds (French saddlehorses, arabians...). They are used to trail riding and are from 1.45m to 1.60m high.

Tack
English or trail riding saddles depending on the horses. You can tell us what kind of saddle you would prefer at booking and we will do our best to meet your request. You can also use your own saddle if it is suitable for our horses.
Recommended riding experience

We recommend this ride to advanced riders only, who are able to manage their horse outdoors at all gaits. There are a few canters in open spaces and you should be strong enough to cope with 5 hours in the saddle everyday.


Good to know

You will be asked to take care of your horse during the ride.
Riders under 12 years old, over 60 years old, or more than 85 kg can be accepted but only if their riding skills are good enough and with a confirmation from our guide, in order to make sure that we can get an adapted horse.
Riders can come with their own horse. However, the guide will only accept horses that are well-trained and that can live with a herd of horses without trouble.

The local team

The ride is supervised by a qualified riding guide.
During the ride across the Bay, a second guide, specialized in this ride, joins our group to make sure we try this experience safely.
Accommodation
We will stay in guesthouses, in three to four people bedrooms or in dormitories. In Combourg, we stay in a hotel.
No single room available.

Meals
Breakfasts and dinners are taken at the guesthouses.
Lunches are prepared and brought to our lunch break spots by the logistic team.

Language: English / French speaking guide.

Group size: From 4 to 10 riders

Closest airport / train station: The meeting point is the riding centre.


Transfers are possible from Rennes train station (Britanny to Mont Saint Michel) and from Pontorson train station (Cancale to Mont Saint Michel)
Please book a train arriving in Rennes between 6 and

8pm on the first day, and leaving on Saturday after 12.30pm.

 

Our riding consultant's report

Claire

A fantastic journey through magical landscapes in a region where traditions and history are still vivid.

Contact Claire

Phone : +33 (0)437 02 2000
Email : claire @rideinfrance.com

Riding guest reviews

"Wonderful landscapes that I didn't know so well and rediscovered. Tonic trail with a long first day, not for beginners but perfect for me with numerous trots and canters. Really nice staff and simple meals during lunch breaks and excellent restaurants or guesthouses at night."- Florence H. (2013)

"Great horse, sweet and attentive." - "Magical canters in Mont Saint Michel Bay." - Pascale P. (2013)

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