“The lake of the Paimpont abbey lies at the foot of a prestigious abbey, built in the thirteenth century. This man-made body of water of about 50 hectares is home to many animal and plant species. Around the lake, a well-maintained circuit will guide you through a rare natural environment: the peat bog.
In the spring, waterlilies and water crowfoots adorn the waters. In the summer, on the bare banks, the vegetation includes amphibian plants such as Littorella uniflora, Elatine hexandra and dwarf hair grass (eleocharis acicularis).
Further on, you find yourself in peatland and wet moorland, home to purple moor grass, common cottongrass, heather and peat moss. There are even some carnivorous plants! Do not worry though, these common sundews should settle for some small insects…
Gradually, the landscape changes, with birch and willow trees and glossy false buckthorn leading towards the forest.
The lake is a wintering site for birds, welcoming Mallard, Common Teal and Great Crested Grebe… Grey Heron and Great Egret hunt for fish on the bank.”
All the installations on the path are made from environmentally friendly materials – wood, schist…
Start of the path
Location: Paimpont town centre
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