A vast man made expanse of water near to Mur de Bretagne, but currently empty, so it needed a visit when I was nearby to watch the Tour de France. With a surface area of just over 4km it’s the largest artificial lake in Brittany.
Originally created to power the local dam, work started in 1923 before finally being finished seven years later. The project suffered many problems, not least geological, technical and often financial. Now the lake is a vertitable tourist trap offering walks and various watersports.
The thing that staggered me was the amount of trees still upright. I wasn’t surprised to see buildings still upright, I’ve done a bit of diving in artificial lakes before and buildings are often there, but slender trees, thin, devoid of leaves but still standing looked amazing.
The walk around the lake is around 40kms, which is a good day out. Only had around 30 minutes to have a look before getting back on the bike and riding back to the Mur de Bretagne to watch the finish of Le Tour de France but it was a very pleasant 30 minutes, revealing a landscape rarely seen these days.