Length 7.7 km (4.8 miles), terrain: rocky, twisty path in parts, short ups and downs and some steps with 80 meters gain
NOTE: This is the second edition of our Summer Fun-Run routes, in vacation towns in Europe.
The pink granite coastline at the Ploumanac'h peninsula, in northwestern Brittany, is one of the most inspiring stretches of shore that you'll ever experience. Here's an out-and-back route that follows the best part of the coast, along the Sentier des Douaniers trail right along the cliffs and rocks.
|Fishing boats off the coast|
The route starts at the little beach, Plage de Saint-Guirec, a small stretch of sand amid boulders and little islands. There is a little shrine to St. Guirec out on a rock in the water, and two hotels overlooking the scene. The smaller hotel just above the beach, Hotel Saint-Guirec et de la Plage has a relaxed patio bar, which makes a great place to recover after a jump in the water at the end of the run.
|Plage de Saint-Guirec at low tide|
At first, you're running along the short northern coast of the peninsula, heading eastwards.
|The strange chapel and its demon|
|The lighthouse perched on its rocks|
|A balancing rock|
|And heather lines much of the trail|
|Ruined granite house amid the hydrangias|
|The view southwards along the route|
The trail ends here, so let's turn around and view everything again from the other way!