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BRITTANY - Horse trail from Brittany to Mont Saint Michel's Bay

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 equestrian centre at the end of the day or transfer from Rennes train station upon prior reservation. Dinner and night in a inn.

Day 2 - Monday
We start riding accross Montmurran forest, passing in front of the castle. Then, we ride to the quiet Ille-et-Rance canal, towards Hédé. Here, we stop to have a picnic lunch in a wonderful environment. Then, we ride again through the Brittany countryside, before arriving at the Combourg pond. Dinner and night in an hotel under Combourg Castle.

Day 3 - Tuesday
TUESDAY After having breakfast in the hotel, we saddle our horses and start riding at about 10am through Combourg. We ride through the countryside and follow the direction of Saint Léger des Prés. After the picnic, we ride again through the forest and arrive at the classified site Higourdais natural domain. This first part of the riding tour allows us to discover the Upper-Brittany, and its sunken paths, its bushes, its houses made of granite and its small chapels disseminated here and there. Dinner and night in a inn at Epiniac.


Day 4 - Wednesday
This morning, we leave the inn and ride towards the village of Epiniac. We take the opportunity to ride nearby the Landal Castle and to discover the Higourdais ecosystem, the best place for nature lovers: a natural park where the preserved landscapes allow wildlife to live in peace (especially birds). After a picnic lunch, the riding tour will lead us towards Dol de Bretagne and the Mont Dol where we spend the night in an inn at the 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, we are looking forward crossing the famous Bay. We ride through the Tomblaine rock, placed in the middle of this sea of sand, and then, we ride up to the Bec d'Andaine, located across the Bay. Here, we discover a particularly wild landscape, different from everything you have seen up to now. Dinner and night in the inn at the Bégossière again.

Day 7 - Saturday
After the breakfast, horses and riders drive back to the departure point, and arrive there in late morning. Lunch is not included. Individual departure of the riders at about 12am. If you leave by train, it is possible to organize a transfer to Rennes train station. Please, plan a train leaving from 12am30.

ImportantThis itinerary is provided on an indicative basis and is subject to modifications without prior notice depending on tide or meteorological reasons. Crossing the Bay is dangerous. That’s why you will be supervised by two guides: the guide who is with you since the beginning of the riding tour, and another one who holds the necessary authorizations to cross the Bay.

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.



 

"GROUIN CANCALE" TO "MONT SAINT MICHEL"

Day 1 - Sunday
AArrival at the equestrian inn at the Bégossière in the municipality of Roz-sur-Couesnon in late evening (from 6pm) or reception at the Pontorson train station upon prior reservation. Dinner and night in the inn.


Day 2 - Monday
After the breakfast, we saddle our horses and ride towards the Mont-Dol. We ride through the Balcon de la Baie in Roz-sur-Couesnon, and enjoy amazing panoramic views on the polders and the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay. We ride towards the Hauts de Saint-Marcan and cross a deep forest with steep paths. Then, we arrive at the Chappe telegraph, a former communication facility. After having lunch at the restaurant, we ride again through the Saint-Broladre peak following sunken and wooded paths. In late afternoon, we ride along a river which leads us to the Mont-Dol, a 64 m high rocky promontory, located in the heart of the swamp. Dinner and night in an inn at the Morière.

Day 3 - Tuesday
TUESDAY We leave the Mont-Dol, and ride through the polders, which are arable lands that gained ground on the sea. We shuffle between vegetable and cereal growings up to arriving at Saint-Guinoux. Here, we have lunch in a restaurant. After lunch, we leave the inland and reach the coast. Dinner and night in a guesthouse situated at 50 m of the sea.

Today, polders and marches cover more than 3000 hectares, and constitute a natural inheritance and a unique landscape. These polders (spaces that have gained ground over the sea), are geometric and bounded by the dikes. We can observe many bird species: harrier, peregrine falcon, sandpipers, plover...

Day 4 - Wednesday
Today, we ride towards the Cancale coast beaches and cliffs. We ride nearby Beauregard Castle, and then, we fork towards the Pointe du Nid where we perceive the Fort du Guesclin. We cross the almost island named Cancale, riding through the Verger beach and the Pointe de la Moulière, and we finally reach the Pointe du Grouin! This rocky outcrop offers us one of the most beautiful panoramic views on the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay, the Chausey islands and the Normand coast. We perceive also the Landes Island, a bird sanctuary. After having a picnic lunch in a charming environment, we follow riding along the Grande Rade of Cancale. We ride back to the guesthouse and taste the famous Cancale oysters!


Day 5 - Thursday
We ride in the littoral along the Bay from Cancale to the Mont-Saint-Michel. After long cantering on the beach, we arrive at Cherrueix and have lunch in a seaside restaurant. Then, we ride again through the Duchesse-Anne dam, towards the site of the Sainte-Anne chapel, a place of pilgrimage. Then, we cross the marshes, a zone located between the dam and the sea. When the tide is very large, this zone is overlaid by the sea. However, at normal times, this place still hosts the salt marshes sheep, an appellation dedicated to the famous sheep herded in the Bay, but also many bird species. Night in an inn and dinner in a restaurant nearby.

Day 6 - Friday
TToday is the big day! We ride through the green path which leads us in front of the fine sand Bay. We cross the Bay cantering! Crossing it makes us living intensive moments. The amazing light makes magical colors to this infinite landscape. The Ombelaine Island, a big rock located in the middle of the Bay is also an ornithological reserve, and the unforgettable imposing and majestic Mont Saint Michel... Our guide tells us the story and legend of this mysterious place. Then, we canter again into this huge landscape, where the only existing limits are the rivers you need to cross. We have a picnic lunch alongside the Couesnon River. Night in an inn and dinner in a restaurant nearby.

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, (lunch is not included). Individual departure of the riders at about 12am. If you leave by train, it is possible to organize a transfer to Pontorson train station. Please, plan a train leaving from 12am30.


GOOD TO KNOW :
This itinerary is provided on an indicative basis and is subject to modifications without prior notice depending on tide or meteorological reasons. Crossing the Bay is dangerous. That’s why you will be supervised by two guides: the guide who is with you since the beginning of the riding tour, and another one who holds the necessary authorizations to cross the Bay.

IMPORTANT
Crossing the Bay is dangerous. That’s why you will be supervised by two guides: the guide who is with you since the beginning of the riding tour, and another one who holds the necessary authorizations to cross the 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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"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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Included:

- The horse tour as described above in an inn, on a full-board basis, with wine, water and cider included for meals,
- The supervision by an ATE guide, helped by a professional guide when crossing the Mont St Michel Bay,
- transfer from and to Rennes train station (for the Brittany to the Mt St Michel itinerary) or Pontorson train station (for the Cancale - Mt St Michel itinerary),
- The horse tour as described above in full-board, with wine for meals, 

 

Not included:

- Drinks outside mealtimes,
- Chargeable visits,
-  Registration fees of 15 € per person,
- Personal expenses,
- The organization of another tour before or after the riding tour, 
- Any other service,
- Optional insurance : More information.

 

 

 

 

Our horses and required riding ability

Horses

The horses are Irish Cob breed used to trail. Their size varies from 1m45 to 1m60 at the withers.



Tack
We have English saddle. You can also use your own saddle if it is suitable for your horse.
Recommended riding ability

We want professional riders who feel at ease outdoor at the three gaits. You need to manage your horse when cantering in open spaces and to have a good physical condition to be able to ride during 5 hours a day... and for several days!


Good to know

We ask you to groom and to saddle your horse. 
The less than 12 years old or more than 60 years old riders, as well as the ones who weight more than 85kg may be accepted only after our validation, and upon a suitable riding ability and horse. 

The local team

The riding tour is supervised by an equestrian tourism accompanist (ATE) or an equestrian tourism guide (GTE). 
When crossing the Bay, a second crossing specialist guide joins the group to make you living this wonderful experience safely.

Accommodation

The accommodation is a step inn, either in a three or four person’s bedroom, or in a dormitory. You will spend a night in Combourg in a hotel.
It is not possible to book for an individual bedroom.

Meals
Breakfasts and dinners are at the accommodation and picnic lunches are brought to us during the riding tour by the logistic vehicle.

Languages spoken by the guide: English / French speaking guide.

Group size: From 4 to 10 riders

Arrival 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

Please, in order for the transfers to be well organized, plan a train arriving between 6pm and 8pm. Plan a train leaving from 12am30 on Saturday (Rennes) and from 10am30 (Pontorson).

Extend your stay

After the end of your riding tour, you have the opportunity to extend your stay visiting the Mont Saint Michel to better discover this unique place in the world. This region is also a suitable place for bathing or thallasoteraphy hollidays.

Please, contact us if you have any project.

Our riding consultant's report

Claire

A real riding tour in a region full of different landscapes and traditions. Here, the legends are still living...

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)

"The riding tour was very pleasant, with amazing landscapes, friendly and dynamic Irish Cob horses! The guide was very convivial and skilled. The best moments were the long cantering in the Mont Saint Michel Bay!" - Pascale B. (July 2017)

Why you will love this trail

From 890 € !

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