Huelgoat Travel Guide

  • Huelgoat
    by CatherineReichardt
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    by CatherineReichardt
  • Things to Do
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Huelgoat Things to Do

  • A pretty little town with good services

    (work in progress)Huelgoat (meaning 'high wood' in Breton) is a pretty and well kept little town that has a lot to offer the tourist.The town square is picturesque and offers a couple of pleasant bars and restaurants with pavement seating for days when the weather is fine, as well as a range of other services, including shops, a phramacy and a '8 a...

  • Play 'caveman' at the Grotte d'Artus

    (work in progress)In common with nearby Camp d'Artus, Grotte d'Artus ('Arthur's Cave') is another nod towards Arthurian legend in this region: the entire Celtic region holds King Arthur and the legends of his Knights of the Round Table.Like the Grotte du Diable, la Grotte d'Artus has been formed by huge granite boulders which lean against each...

  • Accessing the Camp d'Artus hill fort is...

    (work in progress)Camp D'Artus is an Iron Age fort perched on a hill top in the forest above Huelgoat and was used by Gauls as a place of refuge when the area was invaded by Roman forces in 57 BC. It was given its current name - Arthur's Fort - much later as a nod to Arthurian legend.Unfortunately we visited in summer when the vegetation was at its...

  • Huelgoat's picturesque watermill

    (work in progress)It's amazing how a century or two can rehabilitate a piece of functional industrial infrastructure into a picturesque tourist attraction.Huelgoat's watermill (charmingly referred to as 'Le Moulin du Chaos') is a case in point. The first mill was built on this site in 1339 and was subsequently upgraded in the 18th century once the...

  • Scramble down to Grotte du Diable...

    (work in progress)The Grotte du Diable is a cave that is located close to the entrance to the forest if you're coming from town, and is well signposted from the path.Technically, it's not a cave, but a cavity created amid a tumble of enormous boulders that have been washed down into the stream bed. It's possible to clamber down into the void onto a...

  • Who could resist a chance to explore Le...

    (work in progress)I really enjoy French, and I only wish that I spoke it well enough to be able to appreciate the nuances of the language. However, there are happily times when nuance doesn't matter, and you have to admire a language which so graphically describes the boulderstrewn stream in the photo above as 'Le Chaos de Rochers'!There is a...

  • The remarkably stable Trembling Rock

    (work in progress)La Roche Tremblante ('Trembling Rock') is probably the biggest attraction of the Huelgoat forest - and, in my opinion - the most misnamed.The rock is a 'rouler' (or 'rocking stone') which - despite being 7m long and nearly 140 tonnes in weight - will rock when pushed at the right point. Where this might be, however, remains a...

  • Scramble up to the Mushroom Rock

    (work in progress)Unlike the Trembling Rock, the Mushroom Rock (Le Champignon) is one of those attractions that genuinely lives up to its name. It comprises a huge boulder perched atop a couple of smaller rocks and the base appears to have been artificially reinforced - presumably in the interests of stability - which is not a bad idea given that...

  • A lake which owes its origin to mining

    (work in progress)One of Huelgoat's great attractions for tourists is that it combines the charms of both the exquisite surrounding forest and a picturesque lake. However, the lake would perhaps seem a trifle less romantic to visitors if they realised that it was created to provide reliable water supply to a neaby silver/lead mine!Lead was first...


Huelgoat Restaurants

  • Picknicking regardless of the weather!

    One of the few things that I can't bear about the otherwise excellent VT tip format is the fact that this category is called 'restaurants' rather than something more generic about eating.Nonetheless, this seems to be the most appropriate place to comment on picnicking sites in the forest.The forest is brimful of idyllic spots in which to picnic,...

  • Cider in teacups - my sort of...

    (work in progress)I am of Irish descent ... so the teacups come as part of the heritage ... and I am a lifelong cider devotee ever since I won a bottle of Pomagen cider at a church bazaar way back in my teenage years.So it shuld come as no great surprise that the admittedly odd Breton tradition of serving cider in outsize teacups comes naturally to...

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Huelgoat Warnings and Dangers

  • Access to Grotto du Diable is...

    (work in progress)The Grotte du Diable (Devil's Cave) is located along the stream, close to the forest entrance from the town, and is well worth a visit.Technically it's not a cave, but rather a cavity created amid a jumble of fallen boulders about 10m below the path. Considerable effort has been taken to make the access safe and weatherproof, but...

  • Conditions can be slippery underfoot

    (work in progress)In general, the tourist infrastructure that has been developed in the forest has been both appropriate and tasteful, providing a good balance between providing safe access and yet not intruding on the unspoiled atmosphere of the environment.Most paths through the forest are well graded and relatively level, so would be accessible...

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