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walking and cycling in the grounds

Beauport estate stretches across nearly 300 acres (120 hectares) of woods, meadows, marshes and rocky shores, harbouring a diversity of fragile and threatened ecosystems. Paths have been created for walkers and cyclists, so that users can peacefully discover the wealth of this natural area.

Walking and hiking at Beauport

Discover the environment surrounding this historical monument through two walks around the abbey, or by taking the short-distance footpaths that criss-cross the woods of Beauport. Two additional loops provide walkers with a mine of information on the remarkable trees in the gardens and woods. The long-distance footpath GR34 and the Way of Saint James (or "Chemin de Compostelle") pass through Beauport estate.

Remarkable trees trail

The abbey gardens and Beauport woods are home to some remarkable trees, either for their magnifient crown, their integration in the architecture or their ecological wealth. They constitute an important part of the natural heritage.

The route can be downloaded to your smartphone to enhance your walk with a wealth of information on the most beautiful specimens in the gardens and the estate.

See the Remarkable Trees of Beauport trail (in French only)

See the Beauport wood trail (in French only)

GR 34 long-distance trail

Also known as the "custom officers' path" the GR 34 runs
254 miles (408 km) across the Côtes d’Armor area.

At Beauport, the GR 34 lives up to its reputation. It offers magnificent viewpoints over the abbey and its estate.

More information on the GR 34

Shorter walk

Short-distance walkers can take the Beauport woods route to enjoy over 4 hours of coastal and forest walks. Several variations allow visitors to discover a new aspect of the estate every time.

The short-distance footpath is listed in the guide entitled "Les Côtes d’Armor à pied" (Fédération Française de Randonnée).

More information on the short-distance footpath

A visitor brochure also presents two loops to discover the abbey's immediate surroundings.
(For sale €0.50 at the reception)

Way of Saint James

The starting point at Beauport Abbey for Santiago de Compostela is one of 5 starting points in Brittany.

The scallop shell that can be seen in the grounds opens the route taken each year by a few dozen pilgrims. Over 1550 miles (2500 km) lie before them for an extraordinary life experience.

More information on the Way of Saint James in Brittany

Cycle routes

As you pedal along the "Haven of Beauport" cycle loop starting in the centre of Paimpol, you can enjoy stunning views across two magnificent sheltered bayss. More information on the cycle loop

The coastal cycle route runs all the way around Brittany. More adventurous cyclists can even extend their journey as far as Bayonne! More information on the coastal cycle route

The northern portion of this cycle route includes the "Tour de Manche" route. Take the ferry across the channel to pedal your way through the countryside of southern England or carry on along the French coast to Normandy. More information on "the Tour de Manche"