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Lac de Guerledan Vidange

Posted by Durham Lass-390934 - Created: 3 years ago
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Posted by No longer Online - 3 years ago

We recently did the walk from Beau Rivage to the locks and the slate quarry, it's very interesting and we would highly recommend it.  Another point of interest is the inside of the barrage, we viewed this from the top of the lake in Mur de Bretagne, I'm not sure if you can get close to it in the bottom of the lake but well worth a look.

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Posted by Dueller-813343 - 3 years ago

We have taken friends to Tregnanton. It has a large field to park in and as you walk down to the lake there is a nice setup with a marquee eaterie and a couple of popup bars. At the lake there are several locks and house remains as well as "petrified" trees, you can also see some remains of the slate workings.

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Posted by AQ-417490 - 3 years ago

That's right, I was informed that the current draining of the lake willbe the last, because the work being undertaken by EDF on the turbines are a permanent fix. The emptied lake is attracting much higher numbers of visitors than when it is full, so this is a last chance opportunity.

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Posted by flowergrader - 3 years ago

You could check out the website lacdeguerlefan.com which has some useful info, maps etc.

There is a tour in English from Tregnanton (between Bon Repos & Beau Rivage) at 2pm, Fridays in August & Saturdays in September, lasts about 45 mins for 2 euros, need to be there about 15 minutes before to get your ticket.

Best starting point really depends how fit you are & how much exercise you would like!!!

Enjoy, it may never be emptied again!

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Posted by NellP-986196 - 3 years ago

Forgot to add, if you do it without a guide, go from Beau Rivage and follow the canal tow path (in the bottom of the lake) in the opposite direction to the barrage, that is to your right as you look at the lake, that way you will find the old locks, the slate quarry and the old blacksmiths house.

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Posted by NellP-986196 - 3 years ago

Beau Rivage is probably the best starting point, you can take a guided tour which costs €2 and lasts about an hour and a half.  We did it at the weekend,  it was fascinating.  It was very busy though!  The tours are 10am, 11.30 and 2pm, pay at the tourist information office right on the lake front, the tours start from there.  Although earlier in the year it was guided tours only, because of the danger of getting stuck in mud, it is now very dry and guided tours were not obligatory.