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The marsh of Gannedel

The marsh of Gannedel

It is one of the biggest marsh form Ille et Vilaine. The faune and flore's refuge, this natural area is a major ornithological reserve for migrators birds. During winter, la Vilaine river overflows and floods his valley. Our landscapes are transformed into a gigantic lake dotted with bare treetops, sometimes scattered, sometimes well aligned. During this period of the year, navigate on La vilaine river is forbiden because of stong water currents and the bed of our river is not visible. So, if a nice day comes along, the Gannedel marsh invites you to go canoeing to discover the heronry, the hunter’s hideouts and the animals that inhabit this wilderness.

Our environment is changing, and the herons, egrets, goldeneyes, coots, and ducks can be spotted. Frogs as ragondins choose to cross our paths without warning! Be careful!

Spring keeps the water in the Gannedel marsh at varying heights. The vegetation starts again with the flowers and the wild plum trees, first the white ones and then the pink ones. Then the yellow irises emerge from the ground. Leaves fill the branches of the trees and the soft green grass spreads over the large meadow. The herons are brooding there, just behind the gannedel harbour. A few little egrets stain the willows with white herons. A walj to the end of the footbridge to see and hear a host of small birds that will delight your ears with melodies.

Then the summer begins with the sale of hay from the meadow, the ballet of the mowers and the balers. A great game of hide and seek between the walker and the animals. The squirrels may offer you a festival of jumps and a frantic race to the tops of the trees. With luck and a lot of patience, equipped with binoculars or a telescope, you will be able to detail the blue throats.

It takes 1h30 to 2h to walk around this marsh.

SAINT JUST - Megaliths from the land of Cojoux

SAINT JUST - Megaliths from the land of Cojoux

What is a megalith ? It Is a large stone calles “menhir” (like the one Obelix carries on his back), “alignment” (menhirs in a straight lines), but also “dolmen” (one large stone placed horizontally on two other large vertical stones), “covered alley” (as if the dolmens are stuck next to each other), “cairn”, “cromlech”…

12km from the hostel is the lande de Cojoux, the second most important megalithic site after Carnac, where you will find a good range of megaliths.

To understand everything, it is wise to visit the “Maison Mégalithes et Landes” (www.megalithesetlandes.com) next to the church of Saint Just. The follow the path across the moor to see the constructions.

Try to arrive at the end of the afternoon to time your arrival on the rock above the Val pond at sunset. And then it’s magical !

With children you can choose a walk with the company of a donkey  from the farm of the galopins de Poubreuil (http://lafermedesgalopins.fr)

LA GACILLY - People and Nature photo festival in the city of ART -

LA GACILLY - People and Nature photo festival in the city of ART -

The birthplace of Yves Rocher cosmetics, this open-air gallery invites walkers to discover its blue houses, the craftsmen who work with wood, glass, metal, leather, .... and to taste local and regional products.
You can spend the whole day there.

FISHING ON THE VILAINE - lifting the nets with Didier

FISHING ON THE VILAINE - lifting the nets with Didier

This is a unique BRETON EXPERIENCE.
Picnic in your pocket, Didier will pick you up at the hostel on your arrival for a trip on his flat boat. You will set the nets in the fresh waters of the Vilaine.
A cosy night's sleep before setting off again to the fishing site to pick up the nets and take out the fish.
Depending on the season, the fish are different but with luck you will catch mullet, pike, zander or catfish. 
All the time spent with Didier, you will get information, explanations and anecdotes about his job that he tells with passion and humour.
You will share a coffee croissant with his teammate before learning how to lift the fillets of your fish, optionally, to cook them and taste them.
This experience takes place from Monday to Friday, from May to February.
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The dusk and dawn trip: 15 € / person
the cooking option: 35 € / person

REDON

REDON

A place for shopping, architectural heritage discovery and various events.
You can consult the agenda of activities at: http://www.tourisme-pays-redon.com/agenda
An overview:
JULY: Les musicales de Redon http://lesmusicalesderedon.fr - 10 days of varied concerts of excellent quality.
OCTOBER: La Bogue d'or https://www.facebook.com/la.bogue.d.or/ and the Teillouse fair (chestnut festival) https://www.tourisme-pays-redon.com/pays-de-redon/tradition-vivante/pays-du-marron-de-redon-foire-teillouse 
- Celtic storytelling, singing, music and dance competition - exhibition of the conservatory of old apples with the order of its fruit tree for the following year. It is also a big market and a funfair.
An abbey, 2 magnificent cloisters, an underground museum, a marina, the Vilaine and the NANTES-BREST CANAL, shipowners' houses on the island, the salt storehouse, timber-framed houses, etc.
Restaurants, a cinema, all the administrative, banking and postal services, a hospital, pharmacies, schools, colleges, high schools and a TGV station!

LOHEAC - the Car Manor, the rally cross and the classic car parts market -

LOHEAC - the Car Manor, the rally cross and the classic car parts market -

15 minutes from the hostel.
A very small manor house in the front and very large in the back. A surprising setting to discover this magnificent collection of cars.
It is also a jump into childhood memories of forgotten vehicles; discover the old trades and the time of the horse-drawn carriage. 
The first weekend in September for rally-cross enthusiasts and the first weekend in October for the second-hand car parts market. A friendly atmosphere in a magnificent blue stone village.

 
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