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Ru Vras guard station point

Ru Vras = The Great Hill

( Municipality of Locmaria-Plouzané)

This small isolated house on the heath near the ruins of an old windmill can be the subject of one of the most beautiful walks in the Iroise country, as the coastal landscape surrounding it is so magnificent. But a walk that is worth taking because stony access roads prohibit the use of vehicles.

Access : There are several ways to access this area:

1- From Trégana, by the coastal path.

Leave Trégana beach towards Brest and, on the way up, turn right into the "impasse du Goulet" and park at the small car park at the end of this street.

Parking GPS : 48°21'04.5 N 4°39'41.8 W

The coastal path starts here. It is beautiful but has some rocky passages that are inaccessible to strollers or wheelchairs. Follow it for about 1 km and leave it on the left at a post indicating the guard post and the Ru Vras mill located at the top of the hill, 200 m away.

2- From Trégana, by the inland.

Leave Trégana beach as before towards Brest but take a further right into "rue des Landes". Continue straight ahead when this road is no longer paved. In the distance, we can see the ruins of the mill and the guard post. Turn right and park before the barrier.

Parking GPS : 48°21'00.1 N 4°39'10.8 W

Follow the wide path on foot which opens on the left. After 300 m on the right, a sign gives access to the two remains that cannot be seen from the path.

3- From Deolen, through the inland.

First of all, follow the access indicated on our page Déolen. But instead of parking in the bend, continue the small road that goes up the other side. At the top, turn left into a road that runs alongside a house and turn right. Park there and continue on foot until you see the signs for the remains.

GPS of the site: 48°20'51.9 N 4°39'07.1 W

  The "Conservatoire du Littoral" and the "Communauté de communes du Pays d'Iroise" have carried out major works to renovate and make accessible the windmill and this shelter. Now surrounded by coppices, the guard post was once located in a desolate moorland from which there was an exceptional view of Bertheaume Cove and the entrance to the Brest Channel.

Note the solid stone roof that covers the building.

All openings are lined with solid blocks. The thick stone lining is particularly well cared for in the windows. The guardhouse was designed to withstand the cannonballs that enemy ships could send at it.

  It is to be hoped that the public will respect this place of memory as much as the efforts made to safeguard it. The guard post and the nearby windmill are neither public toilets nor campfire shelters. And if their access makes permanent maintenance difficult, visitors must behave in a civic manner in order to keep these rare vestiges of our past friendly and pleasant. ( visit of the Ru Vras windmill ).

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