2017 E5 walk, day 20: Gueltas to Chapelle Saint-Maudan
After a lovely breakfast, including Marie-Thérese’s homemade pear/walnut jam (!), I headed out for a relatively short day.
The first part of the day headed south and then east through farmland, reaching the canal by late morning. This stretch of the canal apparently handled a bit of river traffic — there were several boats moored near the town of Rohan, where I stopped before noon for supplies.1
After Rohan, the trail left the canal for farmland again.
Before returning to the canal, the trail passed the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Timadeuc, a Trappist abbey that’s apparently still in active use. I heard bells inside as I passed.
After a brief stretch along the canal, the trail headed up the slope to parallel it a little further. I then left the trail at Chapelle Saint-Maudan, a lieu-dit — a “spoken place”, a location with a name.2 From there I headed up to the farmlands above, where I was staying for the night.
I stayed for the night at la Ferme d’Accueil d’Arné (roughly, Farm of Welcome, or maybe Homey Farm), in the settlement of Arné. I arrived well before they opened for guests, so killed an hour or so by walking around the area, making a circuit of nearby settlements — Cliviry, Beaulieu, and la Ville Samson.
Once I officially arrived, I was made welcome by the manager, who made sure the wood-burning stove was well-supplied. I met the farm’s cats and chickens, and made a simple dinner of pasta with cheese and salami. Later, as I strolled around the farm, I met the farm’s owners, who told me among other things that the gîte was converted from the farm’s old barn.