A rare event takes place in 2015: The Lac de Guerlédan is to be drained between April and November 2015!
The Lac de Guerledan is the largest lake in Brittany – it’s an artificial lake and was first flooded around 1930 for electricity production and fresh water supply. In the past it was drained every 10 years or so, but modern maintenance procedures have rendered this unnecessary for the last 30 years – that is until 2015.
In 2015 the lake will be drained and a spectacular drowned valley revealed once more, and probably for the last time for many years as they intend to make it possible to repair the turbines without draining in future.
The result is that by the summer the whole 10 km long lake will reveal its hidden depths (literally). At the bottom runs the Nantes-Brest canal with 17 locks and associated lock-houses seen for the first time for a generation. The pictures in the two videos here were taken in 1985 when the lake was last drained and showed the moonscape of abandoned housed and forests.
The lake will start refilling in November by the natural flow of the Blavet. It will take between six weeks and two months to refill depending on rainfall.
With an area of 400ha and a volume of 51 million cubic metres of water, the lake was last drained in 1985, attracting over 3 million visitors who came to view the submerged locks and houses. The uncontrolled crowds caused blocked roads and parking problems.
This time around the tourist office for the region is planning to avoid these issues. Entry to the bottom of the lake will only be allowed via guided tours, with designated parking and coaches to take visitors to the points of entry.
End of January 2015 my two goats Pele & Rosa gave birth to four kids, Twin-Sisters and Twin-Brothers: Yuki & Maca, Yogi & Yima
Artist Kate Smith is a feltmaker working in Langonnet/Central Brittany. Inspired by her surroundings she works with merino wool to produce wallhangings, hats, scarves, jewellery and sculpture and offers workshops in both wet felting and needlefelting techniques, dyeing with plants, spinning and circular tapestry.
Find her website at katesmithfeltmaker.yolasite.com or see her work on Facebook….Kate Smith Feltmaker
I’m happy to book a workshop for you during your stay here.
The prices for the workshops are:
wet felted flower brooches 2 hours 15 euros
wet felted baby/child slippers 3-4 hours 25 euros
wet felted beret/small hat 3-4 hours 25 euros
wet felted scarf 3-4 hours 25 euros
small wallhanging 3-4 hours 25 euros
adult slippers 3-4 hours 30 euros
needlefelted flower brooches 3 hours 20 euros
needlefelted bead jewellery 3-4 hours 25 euros
needlefelted teddy bear 6-7 hours 45 euros
10% discount available for groups
Bed&Breakfast in the “au septième” : the first room (“l’appentis”) is finished and ready to accommodate you!