A walk from St-Cadou

St Cadou is named after Saint Cadoc (aka Cadmael) who founded the Abbey of Llancarfan in Wales in the 6C, and then retired to Brittany to live as a hermit. The town dates to the Middle Ages,  the Church is 17C, and today the little hamlet is quite isolated in the wooded hills and surrounded by slate quarries, both current and abandoned.

We parked alongside the Church, on what used to be a Roman Road, and set off in brilliant sunshine down the Route des Carrieres – the road of the quarries.

The Church of St Cadou in St-Cadou
The Church of St Cadou in St-Cadou
The Calvary (1744) of the Church of St Cadou
The Calvary (1744) of the Church of St Cadou

 

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On the Route des Carrieres, St-Cadou
On the Route des Carrieres, St-Cadou

Lovely! Easy underfoot, wide views, plenty of time to talk – and then it all changed as we turned on to the Chemin du Comte. On the map this looked like another wide track but in reality it was either a river or a bog. Urghh!

We found a dryish patch alongside a pine forest…

Pine forest on the Chemin du Comte

Chemin du Comte, St-Cadou

The Chemin du Comte

And finally, at the crossroads, the path went uphill in dryness

And just outside St-Cadou there is the Fountain of St-Cadou.

The Fountain of St-Cadou
The Fountain of St-Cadou

The Fountain of St-Cadou

And so back to the church, with dark clouds starting to gather.

The Church of St-Cadou

I think next time we might try a variation on this walk, avoiding the Chemin du Comte! 

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A walk from St Cadou

 

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