Looking for a hike in the forest but still want to feel the ocean ?And maybe hop on an island at low tide ? Santec is the place !
Santec State Forest
In 1699, a strong cyclone was responsible for depositing considerable amount of sand covering fields and crops. The winds were so strong they almost reached Saint-Pol-de-Léon ! To prevent another similar event from happening and to control soil erosion, a forest was planted. Today, it is the only coastal forest in North Finistère with unique characteristics and species !Facilities and recreational area in the forest : hiking trails, playground, fitness trail and exhibition of sculptures. If you wish to hike further, cross the estuary (don't worry there is a bridge !) and reach the Valley of the Guillec in Plougoulm. Hiking tip : Ask for the free regional map, the map of Santec and the map of the Sand Coast at the Tourist Information Centre ! They all provide you with the hiking trails.
Dossen Beach and Sieck Island
The incredible rhythm of the ocean’s changing tides is fascinating, since in Santec, as the tide rolls out, you may walk on to Sieck Island and stroll along the wide and sandy Dossen beach.
Explore a rich cultural landscape and look out for the ancient coastguard cottage and the once-famous sardine canning factory. Today, the island is a private property hence you must remain on the coastal footpath (round tour of the island : approximately 2km).
/!\ But remember ! Timing is everything ! You do not want to be stranded out on the island when the waters rise again. You may access the island 2 hours and 30 minutes before and after low tide.And do not forget, as the Great Chief Seattle strongly pointed out : "Take nothing but memories and leave nothing but footprints" !