Arriving in Dinan was a little confusing but we soon found our way to our accommodation which we had booked through Air BnB. Our host was a native of Dinan but had lived in Australia for many years so she was pleased to meet us and proud to be our guide for a walk in her town and the surrounding villages and countryside which she proposed to us. We felt it would be an ideal way to get a feel for Dinan so readily agreed. Initially we walked down through the old part of town over the cobblestones.
After some time we came to the Port of Dinan, quite charming in its own right but just the start of the walk.
From there we crossed over the river and set off down a path through a forest.
After a while we came to an open area with a view back to the town across the fields.
Then it was back into the wooded area. On our right we now had a small river. As we came to a bridge over the river we could see a boat coming towards us. Apparently these are newer boats that match new safety requirements but nowhere as nice as the old ones.
We crossed the bridge and made our way into a very small village, Léhon.
At the far end of town near the church we could hear quite a bit of noise. As we joined others and leaned over the wall to look at the church courtyard below a wedding was revealed.
Having surveyed the proceedings we moved on. A bit more of a walk in the woods followed by a steep staired climb brought us back to Dinan itself. It wasn’t long and we had an awesome view back down to the Port of Dinan where we had been near the start of it all just over an hour before.
We finished with a drink and a charcuterie board of lovely saucissons and cheeses
at Le Rouge Nez a local bar not far from where were staying. Later on we went out for dinner at Chez La Mère Poucel, a restaurant in a well preserved framework building. Good food and ambience.
After dinner we walked around to the market square as we had been told there would be a jazz band there. Quite a few bars and food vans were doing a good trade as locals and visitors alike enjoyed the music.