Rivers and Lakes in Brittany

Beautiful meandering rivers and tranquil lakes in Brittany


Take your pick from our list of beautiful meandering rivers, set in verdant valleys, and tranquil lakes in Brittany. Couetilliec Cottages are nestled between the Scorff and Blavet valleys. You can follow the course of the stream ‘ruisseau de Saint-Vincent’ running near Couetilliec’s southern boundary to the river Scorff (4.5km), then follow the Scorff via the ‘Sentier des Sources à l’Océan’ to Brittany’s south coast, circa 65km! Another local river ‘la Sarre’ has been described as a haven for the European otter and identified as as reintroduction site for the European freshwater mussel.

Brittany inland waterways offer a range of leisure activities including; walking, cycling, swimming, boating, canoeing, fishing, photography, painting and nature watching.

Here’s our selection of Brittany’s best inland waterways; canals, rivers and lakes within an hour’s drive of Couetilliec Cottages. Please also see our Beaches and Coast and Islands pages.

A visit to at least one of the following canals, rivers and lakes during your stay is a must and can easily be combined with one or more of our suggested things to do.

Ruisseau de Saint-Vincent (300m)

Stream running along Couetilliec Cottages’ southern boundary; tributary of river Scorff . Lovely 6.5km self-guided circular walk/cycling route along the stream and taking in the chapels at St Vincent and Penety.

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River Scorff (6km)

Vallée du Scorff has 400km of waymarked trails as well as our Mid-Scorff self-guided cycling tourCanoe hire at Pont Scorff. Lovely walks and paddling available at la pêcherie de Coscodo and the picnic site/play area near Kernascladen.

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Melrand (14km)

L’etang de Kerstraquel, Melrand, 2 hectare lake with picnic area, toilets, playground and fishing. Boarders the beautiful river Sarre and two way-marked walks pass next to the lake. The lake is also on our Mid-Sarre self-guided cycling tour.

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River Sarre (11km)

Vallée de la Sarre can be described as a “haven of peace” for the European otter. The river is a candidate river for the reintroduction of the freshwater pearl mussel.

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River Blavet (20km)

Vallée du Scorff. Canoe hire at Pont Augan and Inzinzac-Lochrist. 60kms of towpath between Pontivy and Hennenbont. Log cabin cafe at the Ecluse de Minazen.  

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West Wake Park (21km)

nr. Inzinzac-Lochrist. Activities and fun for the adventurous: wakeboarding, water skiing and kneeboarding (8 years +). Agua Park (6 years +) full of inflatables. Onsite restaurant/bar.

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Étang du Dordu (22km)

Langoelan. 11.5 hectare lake. Lovely spot for a walk in nature, boardwalk with interpretation boards, fishing, lakeside bar with live music and themed food on Saturday evenings during high season.

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Pont Samouel (22km)

Silfiac. 5 hectare lake. Large market. Location, location, location; restaurant/bar le Moulin de Pont Samouel with views across the lake, relaxing circular walk, fishing, way-marked trails and mountain biking route.

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Lac de Bel Air (22km)

Priziac. 54 hectare lake with leisure activities including a beach, water sports centre (canoes, sailing dinghies and catamarans), cafe, picnic area, playground, way-marked walk and fishing.

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River Ellé (28km)

Les Roches du Diable on the river Ellé. A chaos of boulders amidst wild scenery.

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Lac de Guerlédan (37km)

Brittany’s largest lake. Ideal location for sunning yourself and messing around on the water plus extensive walking and cycling trails.

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Nantes-Brest Canal (33km)

Over 300km in length; ideal for cycling and walking along the towpath.

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Aquarev (51km) nr Loudeac

Free admission. 30ha park with activities for all the family. 

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Beautiful Holiday Cottages in Brittany

Heated pool, 30 acres of lawns and woodland in a tranquil setting

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