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Névet woods

Automn in the woods

Névet woods are extraordinary!

On 225 hectares, one can walk into by all sides, especially through the four main entrances of Kerlaz, Le Juch, Plogonnec and Locronan. It can be discovered at any time of the year and there is something to suit all tastes!

Something to suit all tastes!

Straight large alleys are great for families and especially the tiny legs of children with bike, babies or with a tricycle. Pushchairs go easily and smoothly, numerous benches lined the stroll, ideal for a rest or a snack. One can go for a short 20-minute walk or spend the entire afternoon!

Going right or left from the main alleys, small winding paths guide you through the wood form North to South, from East to West. Beware of not getting lost! the outhern part is more sloping and hilly, something not suitable for pushchairs. On the other hand, the northern part is quite flat. 146 meter high at the entrance of Locronan and 25 meter high only at the entrance of Le Juch.

A 1-kilometer stroll suitable for disabled people is perfect to discover the woods in a comfortable way thanks to a trail between the groves (entrance of Kerlaz).

Another trail is dedicated to horse riding. Ideal for a hack in the woods!

As for mountain bikers, 3 dedicated trails go through the woods: n° 7 et n°8 (red) from the Base Vallée de l'Odet in Quimper and n°15 (blue) from the Base Ouest Cornouaille.

Heritage lovers will be pleased: former charcoal burners' huts (7 meters wide) are still visible in the entire woods. Trees were turned into charcoal on the spot and were used by the local industries, such as Douarnenez tin factories.

Don't miss the ponds and humid parts or the nice Saint-Pierre chapel (entrance of Plogonnec), located on the side of a small valley crossed by streams (to the Névet River) near farm buildings. This chapel was built between 1583 and 1594, where another chapel was standing, as it is written on the northen part of the nave.

Natural environment

Fraises sauvages

Once a druid sanctuary, Névet woods is now owned by Conseil départemental du Finistère and managed by the French National Forest Authority.

This 225 hectares sacred forest is mainly made of thicket. The quality and proportion of the diffrent species of trees depend on their location. Deciduous trees grow in every part of the wood: oaks, beech trees, birches, sweet chestnut trees but also fruit trees such as pear trees. In some places, various evergreen trees: pine trees overlook the deciduous thicket, mainly in the southern part of the forest.

During the stroll, try to see the birds in the trees, find out the different species of trees or look for wild strawberries and blueberries.

Some parts are not planted with trees but farmed and offer a wide range of colours according to the season.


Panneau dans le bois du NévetThe area and the strollers explain why the diversité and number of mammals are limiter: foxes, deers, badgers, hares... It is pretty rare to meet one of them.

It is also the case for birds, even though it is still possible to see and hear them (passerines, pigeons, buzzards, woodpecker).

Ponds are home to aquatic insects such as dragonflies and batrachians (frogs, toads...).

More info

Download the brochure (in French).

Plan du bois du Névet


Mairie de Kerlaz
Tel. +33 (0)2 98 92 19 04

Mairie de Locronan
Tel. +33 (0)2 98 51 80 80

Mairie de Plogonnec
Tel. +33 (0)2 98 91 72 06

Mairie du Juc’h
Tel. +33 (0)2 98 74 71 50

Conseil départemental du Finistère
Service des espaces naturels et des paysages
32 boulevard Dupleix
Tel. +33 (0)2 98 76 21 48
29 196 Quimper Cedex

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Finistère trails

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