Morbihan – southern Brittany

Every year the Jersey Canoe Club arranges a weekend to Morbihan in southern Brittany.  Most years we are blessed with settled conditions and warm temperatures but this wasn’t the case this year, particularly on the Saturday.  Continuous rain on the Saturday was accompanied by increasing wind on the Saturday evening, resulting in a couple of the tents becoming damaged.
It didn’t stop us getting on the water, both days, it was just that we didn’t aim to paddle as far as in previous years.
Still a thoroughly enjoyable weekend away though.
Our first port of call, in rapidly deteriorating weather was Er Lannic.  The stone circle is thought to be approximately 5,000 years old.  Where else is it possible to paddle so close to such significant historic monuments, whilst playing in significant tidal streams?
 Our plan was to paddle up the river to Auray, one of the larger towns in Morbihan.  The southerly breeze considerably assisting our progress but also blowing in some very damp conditions.
 It wasn’t a day for the best photographs!
 Kayaks on the quayside at Auray  It was pretty miserable and we didn’t need much convincing that an afternoon in the bar was far more preferable than 8 miles into a head wind in torrential rain.
 Sunday dawned far brighter, so following a paddle around the islands in the southern part of the Gulf we returned to the play spot near Ile Berder to make the most of the waves which are generated on the flood tide.