A Walk around Locronan

Wendy Mewes was our guide again with Walks in Finistère! Walk no.11 started at the Church of St Ronan in Locronan and wandered through woods and green lanes with wonderful views of the Bay of Duarnenez before returning to this picturesque small town.

St Ronan was an Irish monk who came to Brittany in the early 6C. He was buried in the Forest of Névez and Locronan was established nearby. The Church is 15C and deserves a lingered visit. The town made its money from weaving, particularly for sails and grew linen, flax, and hemp, exporting goods throughout Europe. In the 18C the town was apparently the main supplier to the Compagnie des Indes, supplying its ships, and those of the Navy. Nowadays it is on the tourist circuit, crowded with eateries and appropriate shops to entertain the crowds of visitors.

The Church of St Ronan, Locronan

An effigy of St Ronan in the church
An effigy of St Ronan in the church

It was a hot day as we set off in this small town, filled with beautiful flowers.

Window box in Locronan

The Chapel of Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle is 15C-17C with a Calvary and a washing place. 

The Chapel of Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle, Locronan

The lavoir at Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle A Pieta inside the Chapel of Notre Dame de Bonne Nouvelle, Locronan

It was a beautiful day to wander down green lanes, past Friesian cows, and find views over the Bay of Duarnenez. And as always there were beautiful flowers to be found in corners, gardens, fields – just anywhere!

Countryside around Locronan Friesian cows around Locronan

The countryside around Locronan with views over the Bay of Duarnenez

The woods of Nevet The woods of NevetThe woods of Nevet

Harvesting around LocronanLocronanThe main square, Locronan

Beautiful day, wonderful walk – thank you France, and thank you Wendy!

Further information
The medallions on the pulpit of the church

Locronan – one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France
Locronan and its history – an interesting post

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