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.
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…
And finally, at the crossroads, the path went uphill in dryness
And just outside St-Cadou there is the Fountain of St-Cadou.
And so back to the church, with dark clouds starting to gather.
I think next time we might try a variation on this walk, avoiding the Chemin du Comte!
A walk from St Cadou