Leaving Douarnenez to the west you quickly understand why this is called ‘the wild coast’. It’s not exactly a simple stroll, as the narrow path can be pretty steep, edged by moors to one side and a cliff to the other. You pass between rocks, clamber up narrow slopes then almost immediately head back down again to sea level – it certainly puts your muscles to the test!
Sometimes there are steps roughly cut into the rock to make walking easier. But all the effort is absolutely worth it, as you’re in the middle of a natural landscape that’s unspoilt and you can enjoy this breathtaking panoramic view of the bay. The only noise you hear is the movement of the sea below, the calls of cormorants, seagulls and other seabirds. Only occasionally, you’re reminded of civilisation by a house perched in the heather somewhere above the path, perhaps a fisherman sitting on a rock far below, or maybe another walker enjoying the view – other than that, you’d think you were all alone in the world!