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Plouharnel - Circuit de Crucuno
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Plouharnel - Crucuno circuit

Dolmen de Crucuno
56340 Plouharnel

Features of the route

Difficulty Easy
Length 02:00:00
Distance 7.3km
Dolmen de Crucuno
56340 Plouharnel
Easy Yellow markings

The Dolmen de Crucuno is the most imposing in Morbihan, stripped of its mound. W. Lukis, an English archaeologist, described (1864) a corridor 27 m long.

Step by step :
Start: Opposite the dolmen, turn right (south). Pass between two houses, follow the path, turn right at the first intersection (west). Continue past the Kergazec wash-house (on the right-hand side of the path). Alternative: in wet or rainy weather, you can reach Kergazec via the route de Crucuno: from the parking lot, go straight ahead with your back to the dolmen (west), then take the first track on the left, 400 m further on (opposite a calvary), to reach the village of Kergazec.

1- At Kergazec, turn left (south) and go straight through the hamlet to find the path. Continue up to the Saint-Antoine chapel. See a fountain and wash-house 100 m between the chapel and the main road.

2- Cross the main road and follow the path parallel to the main road (southbound), passing alongside the electricity substation. After 300 m, turn left in front of the detached house to see the Vieux Moulin menhirs. Then take the left-hand path to the Varquez pond. Bear left to the intersection. Turn right. After 100 m, opposite the pond, turn left onto the path leading up to the Mané Remor dolmens, severely damaged during the German occupation in WWII. The highest point in the commune (33 m), it was here that German troops installed a relay antenna, which they blew up as they retreated, along with the megalithic tombs. Return to the pond, take the main path on the left and continue through the woods to the road. Here's a variation for wet weather: take the road to the left and then, after 500 m, the track to the right just past the incineration plant.

3- Before the road, take the path on the left (heading west) as far as the village of Kernevé, skirting a pond. Cross the village on the asphalt road. At the intersection with the main road, take the grassy path on the left. Make the round trip along a landscaped path leading to a pretty village common in bloom. Once back on the road, cross it to follow the path opposite (heading north). At the 1st intersection, turn right. At the 2nd intersection, turn left (before the wastewater treatment plant basins, which are not very visible).

4- Continue along the path, keeping an eye out for the Crucuno quadrangle on the left. After the quadrilateral, return to the track and continue left to find the Crucuno dolmen.

5- Saint-Antoine chapel (1624) includes fountain, calvary and lec'h. The existence of an earlier oratory or even a Roman temple is assumed. The statues of Saint-Antoine and Saint-Eloi, very popular in the countryside, invoked to protect cattle and horses, feature prominently.

6- The Crucuno quadrilateral, not far from the dolmen, is unique in France despite its destruction. Made up of 22 non-contiguous menhirs, it is rectangular in shape and perfectly oriented to the cardinal points. The enclosure measures 34 m by 26 m. The diagonals correspond to the sunrises and sunsets at the solstices. This is not a cromlech, which is circular.

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