Le Pays des Abers – The region of Estuaries! 29th June – 3rd July
We left Roscoff at 1.30pm and arriving soon after 10.30 pm, again having to tack in order to make headway. Beating into wind isn’t that pleasant but needs must to make the entrance to the estuary here at L’aber Wrac’h. The Lighthouse above is on Ile Vierge and is the tallest in the world which is built of stone.
We still had enough daylight, just, to pick our way through the rocks into the channel up to the marina. The visitors pontoon was full but a Belgian boat had very helpfully put fenders out and so we rafted up against him for the night.
The morning saw an exodus of boats and so we were able to move and be alongside the pontoon. You can see that it wasn’t a pleasant day and so we hunkered down below to wait for the weather to lift – which it did later. In fact the evening turned out to be very pleasant. Although it is possible to buy bread and croissants (if you are quick!) in the ‘Cafe du Port’ which is a bar and tabac just before the entrance to the marina area, there isn’t anywhere to buy serious supplies of food.
However, after a steep uphill walk of about 20 minutes to the commune of Landeda there is a ‘Utile’ supermarket and so Alan and walked there in the afternoon and then explored a little on the way back to Musetta. We encountered an abundance of Nasturtiums, they seemed to be growing everywhere. This photo was taken as we diverted to see an exhibition of local art work in the ‘Semaphore’ where there is a panoramic view of the approaches to L’Aber Wrac’h.
Our second day seemed to be much brighter and, feeling much more adventurous as the sun was shining, we set off to explore the river further upstream and found it to be delightful and intriguing. We came across a tiny little inlet where there seemed to be a hippie commune, young folks dressed in tatty looking clothes, the men with dreadlocks and children at play, running around barefoot but all very busy with shipwright skills out of a large stone building where there were boats in various states of repair!
The whole scenario was very peaceful and the pictures below hopefully will give you this idea. We thought the work in progress boat would be just the job for my brother when he has a moment to spare! I don’t think he would agree though!
One very nice surprise for us was the arrival of our good friend Marc Lorgeoux in his boat Bambou! He had sailed through the night from Falmouth with his brother Guy and wife Francoise who live in Brest. It was good to see him and we spent a very pleasant afternoon and evening with him yesterday, walking out to the “Dunes de Sainte-Marguerite” which were stunning in their hostile environment but also beautiful in the sunshine of the late afternoon. We then ate together in a bijou little restaurant on the front. Marc is a mine of information of local history. He is a Breton through and through but having travelled the world with the French Navy, he is very open minded! Here are some photos taken on our walk and of Marc’s boat ‘Bambou’just along from us on the visitors pontoon.
L’Aber Wrac’h certainly ‘grew’ on us, it is delightful and we found everyone helpful and very friendly. We are off to Cameret now, more from there….