The charm of Breton architecture
Classified as a “Commune du Patrimoine Rural de Bretagne” since 2007, this village has preserved its ancient habitat with a few 17th-century houses, mainly around the village square where an astonishing fountain-washtub has taken its place in its center. A stone’s throw from the village, the St-Yves chapel and its multi-century yew tree stand proudly. Classified as a remarkable tree, it protects the chapel. The commune is also very active in restoring its built heritage, and in 2023, for example, gave a new lease of life to the bread oven.
A preserved landscape heritage
Situated on the relief of the Lanvaux moors, the commune of Cruguel has preserved a network of sunken lanes, well showcased through the Picouras hiking trail. This 7km-long trail follows the valley of the Chenaie stream, which has retained its natural character. The hedgerows, with their variety of tree species and remarkable palette of colors, are also a magnificent playground for the flora and fauna that thrive here. No doubt you’ll come across the flamboyant fur of a squirrel or hear the drumming of the picoura (the Gallo name for the green woodpecker). The magnificent Timbrieux windmill also makes a striking appearance across the moors.
A commune labellisée
Cruguel is a Commune du Patrimoine Rural de Bretagne and as such is committed to protecting and enhancing its architectural and landscape heritage. This label, governed by a quality charter, commits communes to safeguarding, restoring, animating and promoting the village’s rich heritage. Some forty communes in Brittany currently hold the label. A brochure allows you to discover the village of Cruguel through a heritage walk enabling you to discover some remarkable residences as well as local legends and characters.