Take a Walk with the Family Through Quimper, Brittany

Take a Walk with the Family through Quimper, Brittany on Falcondale Life blog. A walking route with children through the picturesque old Breton city of Quimper. A short walk with beautiful photographs and detailed directions. Family friendly French holiday information. Visit website for free walking route printable.Most parents will be familiar with the challenge of getting children to willingly go on a walk. It’s much easier to say “we are going to explore such-and-such a place”. Our kids are not wise to this yet! On our Brittany holiday, hubby and I wanted to stretch our legs on the famously pretty Breton streets of Quimper. We picked a more cloudy day when the beach would be a bit too cool for swimming, programmed the Sat Nav, and off we went.

The Breton Spirit of Quimper

Quimper (pronounced “Kemper”) is the historic capital of Cournouaille (almost pronounced “Cornwall”). It’s strange to think that Cornwall and Brittany were once the same nation because only a few things give a hint of this now, such as these names. The food is different, the architecture is different, the shop opening hours are particularly different! The most obvious similarities are in nature: the rolling landscape, flowers, plants and coastline were all very reminiscent of Cornwall. Brittany is almost ten times larger, however.

Take a Walk with the Family through Quimper, Brittany on Falcondale Life blog. A walking route with children through the picturesque old Breton city of Quimper. A short walk with beautiful photographs and detailed directions. Family friendly French holiday information.

Why Walk through Quimper?

Quimper does have the air of a capital, with an impressive waterfront, cathedral and formal town square. There are also ancient town walls and public gardens. It’s quite easy to spend time walking around Quimper’s cobbled streets because there are so many of them; nearly all are picture-postcard pretty. Most streets in the centre are pedestrianised and so you may stop and stare at the half-timbered houses in safety. It was very crowded but down by the river there were less people. Here there are impressive stone-built French buildings from a later period. Several pedestrian bridges criss-cross the river, lined with boxes of flowers.

Take a Walk with the Family through Quimper, Brittany on Falcondale Life blog. A walking route with children through the picturesque old Breton city of Quimper. A short walk with beautiful photographs and detailed directions. Family friendly French holiday information.

We also walked through the woods high on the opposite bank which had great views across the old city. Back down in the old town a labyrinth of charming old streets gave us endless possibilities of pretty views and quaint shops. We were quite glad to have a route plan to see more of it and avoid getting lost. The small streets meant that there was a new view every twenty yards, and the children never got bored. We were really pleased with our walking route which we had adapted from a French guide book we found in our gite.

Our recommended family walking route of Quimper

We parked at Parking Marechal de Lattre de Tassigny on the Rue des Douves, which seemed a good choice. We walked down the hill to the roundabout then took the Rue Toul al Laer (right), soon turning right again to arrive at the cathedral square. Walking diagonally across the square we took the Rue du Roi Gradlon to the waterside. We turned left along the Boulevard Amiral de Kerguelen.

Take a Walk with the Family through Quimper, Brittany on Falcondale Life blog. A walking route with children through the picturesque old Breton city of Quimper. A short walk with beautiful photographs and detailed directions. Family friendly French holiday information.

At the junction with the post office we crossed the river and took Rue Theodore le Hars. We walked to the end. Opposite the t-junction is a flight of stairs between the buildings. We went up here and followed the steep slope until it bent right to take us among the trees. This path through the woodland is Promenade du Mont Frugy and there are good views over the rooftops of the old town. The path then comes down again to the Tourist Information Office on the Rue de la Deesse. There were fairground market stalls opposite when we visited, and we paused for ice-creams and churros.

We then crossed back over the river on a pedestrian bridge. At this point we took a wrong turn and went up a parallel street. The one we meant to go up is the Quai du Steir which is another pretty waterfront. At the end it’s a left turn onto Rue Astor and ahead is the Place Tere au Duc. Turn right to leave the square and turn right again at the next junction to join the Rue Kereon. Instead we could have turned left out of Place Tere au Duc and explored more, but we were getting a bit tired. Whatever you do, don’t miss coming back to Rue Kereon, as it’s the most photogenic part of Quimper. This road heads back towards the cathedral. The walk could end here, having done 2.2km.

Take a Walk with the Family through Quimper, Brittany on Falcondale Life blog. A walking route with children through the picturesque old Breton city of Quimper. A short walk with beautiful photographs and detailed directions. Family friendly French holiday information.

Back at the cathedral we had a brief look at the Cathedral gardens then left the square this time by the tiny little Rue du Gueodet. We turned right onto Rue des Boucheries then left onto Rue des Gentilshommes. This is all so pretty. Near the end of this street we turned right to go uphill on Rue Saint Nicholas. At the top is tree-lined Place Mesgloaguen and we continued straight ahead until we reached a big road junction near Place de la Tourbie. Here we turned right and followed the old city walls. Where the wall meets Rue Elie Freron there is a superb turret, straight out of a fairytale.

Take a Walk with the Family through Quimper, Brittany on Falcondale Life blog. A walking route with children through the picturesque old Breton city of Quimper. A short walk with beautiful photographs and detailed directions. Family friendly French holiday information. Fairytale turret on the walls of the city of Quimper.

We walked a little way down Rue Elie Freron and entered the gardens “Jardin de la Retraite” and “de la Paix”. This is a wonderfully restful spot with many nooks and corners, much like the town itself. Our walk ended here as were just over the road from our carpark. This additional part of the walk is 1km.

Google maps claims the whole 3.3km walk takes 42 minutes but we managed to stretch it out to several hours.

Take a Walk with the Family through Quimper, Brittany on Falcondale Life blog. A walking route with children through the picturesque old Breton city of Quimper. A short walk with beautiful photographs and detailed directions. Family friendly French holiday information.

Tips for a family walk in Quimper

Tip: Before setting off, download a google map of the area onto your phone. Then you’ll be able to follow the route without using up your data roaming. Alternatively there is a car park right next to the tourist office so why not pop in there and pick up a town map. With a pushchair I would miss out the section up the hill and through the woods. Turn right before Rue Theodore le Hars and walk down the riverside to the Tourist Information office to miss this part out.

Even better tip: Print out my summary of the walk before you visit Quimper. Free printable of the route, click here.

Please forgive the lack of accents in the French names as I have not been able to persuade my WordPress website to display them in the text. Read another blog post from this trip: Breton Galettes and Crepes: A Cooking Demonstration

Take a Walk with the Family through Quimper, Brittany on Falcondale Life blog. A walking route with children through the picturesque old Breton city of Quimper. A short walk with beautiful photographs and detailed directions. Family friendly French holiday information.

Linking up with #FarawayFiles no. 58

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21 Comments

  1. 25th February 2018 / 11:28 am

    Great idea to make a printable for your walk, I hope lots of families find it useful. We used to get away with “exploring” but the kids are too old now and know exactly what’s going on. Luckily being that much older they also usually enjoy walking around a new place anyway. Thanks for sharing Quimper with #AllAboutFrance

    • 25th February 2018 / 1:44 pm

      We were lucky enough to find such a good route I thought it was good to share. It’s pretty short but lots to see!

  2. 23rd February 2018 / 6:34 am

    We visited Quimper years ago pre children and pre living in France and it is beautiful. I also remember we bought the most adorable duvet cover there and were so sad when many years later it finally fell to pieces! #AAF

    • 23rd February 2018 / 8:05 am

      Yes, such a lot of beauty just in a small town centre. I like the idea of linens for a souvenir, I’m going to remember that!

  3. 7th February 2018 / 12:34 pm

    Having grown up in Wales, I do love the Celtic connections between Brittany and Celtic parts of our island. We missed out on seeing Quimper when we were last in Brittany, but it looks beautiful. I’ll be sure to use your ‘exploring’ terminology the next time I try to get the kids out for a walk! #AllAboutFrance

  4. 1st February 2018 / 9:59 pm

    I’m so glad you linked with #AllAboutFrance as well as #FarawayFiles because on reading a second time, I’ve picked up even more info. What a great tip about downloading your google map before you set off so as not to use your data whilst on the move. You know, my son only just taught me that a couple of weeks ago when we were in France. We downloaded directions and maps whenever wifi was available and then went on our merry way without using loads of data. We made sure however that we didn’t close down the screen once in the directions though. #AllAboutFrance

    • 5th February 2018 / 2:51 pm

      I always intended to link this to #AllAboutFrance but with one thing and another, I had to wait. #FarawayFiles is another of my favourite linkups too. You’re quite right about the google maps. It’s a game changer!

  5. 1st February 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Looks really lovely. I once went on a train from Paris to Quimper but got straight back on a train to Paris. It was 1989 and I had lost my interrail companion at the station in Paris. Big mix up, I got on the train, he didn’t and there ended our holiday together as we couldn’t get in touch with each other. We are still great mates so perhaps we should go for old times sake! Wilbur #AllAboutFrance

    • 5th February 2018 / 2:52 pm

      That must have been a very annoying experience. Clearly you managed to get in touch again eventually but it might put you off trying again!

  6. 1st February 2018 / 2:24 pm

    Quimper looks SO gorgeous. Love your photos. Brittany is really high up on my travel wish list this year – we’ll have to visit. And yes, ‘explore’ always sounds so much more thrilling than just a plain old walk. I’m sure my two would love to try this one. #AllAboutFrance

    • 5th February 2018 / 2:53 pm

      I can’t believe how we stretched out this short walk to take such a long time. There is a lot to see, it’s very pretty.

  7. Holy half-timbered cuteness! This place is adorable. I clearly need to spend more time in Bretagne! And towns that begin with Q are rare and unique! (I have a son who’s name begins with Q!) Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Happy New Year from Copenhagen, cheers Erin

    • 3rd January 2018 / 5:41 pm

      Yes it’s charming, this was not a fast walk as there was so much to take in. Thanks for your comment!

  8. 18th December 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Oh it’s so beautiful!!! Yes, I’d love to take a family walk there! 😀 #FarawayFiles

  9. 15th December 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Oooh thanks for feeding my half-timbered house addiction and adding this to my long list!! So pretty! #FarawayFiles

    • 17th December 2017 / 10:01 am

      That is a fine addiction to have! We spent such a long time on this short walk because of how pretty it all is.

    • 17th December 2017 / 10:01 am

      Thank you, it was so much more than we expected.

  10. 14th December 2017 / 5:13 pm

    This looks absolutely lovely! I have visited many larger cities in France, but haven’t made an effort on the countryside and smaller towns, I really should looking at this post!
    #FarawayFiles

    • 15th December 2017 / 10:29 am

      Esther, I love the smaller towns through out France they often still have spectacular chapels and cathedrals and usually overflow with flowers regardless of the size. I have a holiday home in Brittany so we often explore the countryside and smaller towns. I think you would love it. Annette x

    • 17th December 2017 / 10:02 am

      I’m the other way around, I am drawn to the small places instead of the large!

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