DAY 5 (part 2 of 2): Fougères
We had to be back at the hotel by early afternoon as the plan was to visit Fougères, a medieval fortified town not far from Rennes. We first walked up a steep hill to the upper town, where the church of St Leonard is set on a vantage point overlooking the lower town with its massive fortified castle. There we also found a small but interesting public garden. We then took a more leisurely walk along a narrow path back down to the castle, passing a more formal garden. After an amble through some of the narrow streets in the lower town, we made our way to the castle, where we were given an audio guide to help us find our way around.
St Leonard church, which has the oldest belfry in France
Public gardens near to St Leonard church
Some of the group took the easy option and used the tourist train.
View from the church (upper town) to the castle and lower town
A formal garden on the way down
We are nearing the lower town.
The river Nançon runs through the lower town.
Old houses along the river Nançon
The castle, which the town claims is one of the most impressive in Europe
The castle walls from the outside
View from the ramparts to the upper town
The inner part of the castle
A view of St Sulpice church from the ramparts
View to St Leonard in the upper town
Parts of the castle are in ruins.
Alan Stivell – Ap Huw