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The Léguer, a wild riverNatura 2000
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The Léguer, a wild river

The Léguer is one of the most beautiful rivers in France, at the gateway to the Pink Granite Coast. First river labeled “Wild River Site” of the great west in 2017, this 59 km long coastal river, particularly preserved, has an exceptional heritage that will delight authenticity lovers. Don’t wait any longer and dive into the heart of the Leguer Valley!”

The Léguer, an exceptional natural heritage

European otter, Atlantic salmon, numerous species of bats, royal osmonde… are all living symbols of a preserved nature. Beyond the most emblematic species, the Leguer valley benefits from a fantastic diversity of fauna and flora, integrated in the Natura 2000 network since 2004.
From the main source of the Léguer, at the foot of the Monts d’Arrée, to the Bay of Lannion, this European natural area offers very diverse landscapes: a steep valley and wooded slopes, three large forest massifs, a remarkable set of inland dry moors, a buttercup river flowing between rocky chaos, many small valleys crossed by a rich network of rivers and components of the tributaries of the Léguer and finally, a large estuary opening onto the sea.

The Léguer, a remarkable built heritage

Rivers have sculpted the Breton landscape but also dictated human settlement. Drinking, washing, fishing, transporting, producing energy. In the Leguer Valley as everywhere in Brittany, river water has always been a precious commodity. A sacred element with countless fountains and a hundred or so chapels dotting the valley. A source of energy for the economic activity, thanks to the mills. The 155 or so mills, listed in 1886, were used to grind grain, whip sheets, tan skins, dye linen and make paper. So many products were exported via the port of Lannion, downstream from the river, or via the stations of Plouaret and Lannion. Of the 4,000 manors listed in Côtes d’Armor, a significant number are located in the valley of the Léguer: this specificity is an essential component of our identity.

A rare piscicultural heritage

Classified as a 1st category migratory fish river, the Léguer is one of the most renowned salmonid rivers in France! It hosts a significant population of Atlantic salmon and a very good density of fario trout, totally wild. This quality is written in its modern history where everything was again possible with the destruction of the old hydro-electric dam of Kernansquillec, in 1996. This is how its course traces its path in a steep valley which offers an alternation of fast and slower zones. Since then, salmon, trout, but also lampreys, eels or sculpin have recolonized the river, symbols of the reconquest of natural environments.
If different fishing techniques are possible (light casting, toc…), fly fishing remains the method par excellence on the Leguer!”

Leguer, a living valley

To fully immerse yourself in a territory, what better than human encounters? So don’t miss the Léguer en fête! Passionate inhabitants and volunteers, tell you the secrets of old stones, the treasures of nature, the flavors of local products or the works of artists. From the source to the estuary, you will take part, in turn, in the Sunday evening heritage walks, or you will tour the art exhibitions installed in the heart of the valley’s heritage or you will follow the “Discoveries” program. A summer program to see, walk and hear, to live the Trégor, as close to its soul as possible.

Leguer in celebration

Le Léguer, a valley to discover

Does this wealth make you salivate? Then set off to meet it, by the hiking trails. The communication routes of yesterday have become the hiking trails of today! By following the paths in loop or in roaming, you will go back in time, along the water, on foot, by bike or on horseback! And for the more athletic, the descent of the Léguer in canoe will not leave you indifferent. For a more direct discovery, go to the privileged access points such as the docks of Lannion, the castle of Tonquédec, the beach of Trégrom, the sites of Kernansquillec and the Vallée paper mills, or the fishermen’s footbridge in Plounévez-Moëdec.