Léhon Village

There is so much to do in our village of Léhon, you really don’t need to go far at all to fill a day!

Our village is full of historic houses full of old-world charm and cobbled streets. A real feast for the eyes! Strolling through the small narrow streets, is a real step back to the 15th and 16th century, when the village was first formed. 

Marvel at the tiny coloured front doors, each one prettier than the last, along with the explosion of floral displays during the summer.

The village Petite Cité de Caractère status (small City of Character) needs no further explanation!

Take a walk with us from Quai du Val around Léhon village...

Riverside and forest walks on your doorstep

As you step out of the front door of Quai du Val, look to your left! 

We are situated right on the edge of a small woodland, which is a lovely little walk that leads you to the foot of the ruins of Léhon feudal castle, dating back to the thirteenth century. 

Known locally known as the Château de Léhon, the castle was built on a rocky spur, defending the entrance of the valley of the River Rance. It was first mentioned in 1034 and besieged in 1168. The castle has been in a ruinous state since 1490.

The castle ruins can be visited free of charge during the daytime. There is not a huge amount to see inside the ruin, but the views from the top are breath-taking and you will get a birds-eye view of Léhon village, so if you have the energy, climb to top of the rocky promontory… it’s well worth it!

The old bridge

This time, turning right out of Quai du Val instead... 

Passing our neighbouring houses, which were previously a cidery in the village, you will quickly pick up the riverside path, heading towards the village centre. 

Less than a two-minute walk away, you will stumble across the historic ‘vieux pont’ old bridge of Léhon, which has many stories to tell!

Originally a wooden bridge, it was then rebuilt in stone with 4 arches to support the weight of goods. It was finally rebuilt again into one single large central arch, to allow barges to travel along the Rance. This beautiful old bridge was once a revenue stream for the Abbey, as it was a toll crossing.

La Marmite Restaurant

Once you have taken in the fabulous views from the old bridge, head up into the quaint village towards the centre.

On your way, you will pass our lovely village restaurant, La Marmite on your right. It is a very quaint traditional French restaurant, serving delicious, authentic French cuisine, cooked fresh every day. 

Run by a husband-and-wife team Maryse and Gerard, it is open at for lunches and evening meals, but there's not many tables, so don't forget to book!  

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, cash only.

Abbey Saint-Magloire

The Abbey Saint-Magloire sits on the banks of the River Rance in Léhon. 

It is a former monastery of Benedictine monks, founded in the 9th century by the king of Brittany. It has a lovely cloister with square pillars which date from the 17th century.  Today, it houses a medieval garden of aromatic and medicinal plants and it is a very peaceful place.  

There are regular exhibitions on throughout the year at the abbey, such as art galleries, sculptures and other artisans. Located just a stone's throw away and teetering on the riverbank, is a lock-keeper's house and a secret passageway which was previously used by monks. 

Learn some amusing tales on one of the guided tours.  During the summer, there is also a quaint cafe and gallery open in the grounds of the abbey.  Seasonal.

The Town Hall 'Le Mairie'

The commune of Léhon is part of the Dinan Agglomeration. 

Our inhabitants are called the Léhonnais and the Léhonnaises. In every town, village or city, there is a ‘Mairie’ or a town hall as it would be known in the UK.

The mayor is an elected representative with a ‘direct line’ of communication to the decisions made locally. The ‘Mairie’ deal with registering births, deaths and marriages and all the official paperwork that goes with it.

No matter how big or small, the buildings are always beautifully kept, often with fabulous floral displays outside, particularly during the summer months.

Les Pommmiers Swimming Pool

Léhon is proud to have the only open-air facility in Brittany.  

Just a 4-minute walk from Quai du Val, the Pommiers swimming pool is open-air and heated to 28°C all year round.  There is a large sports pool, a smaller swimming pool, a paddling pool for children, a slide open in summer and a solarium.  It is a popular tourist attraction in the summer months and a regular haunt by local residents during the winter months.

There is plenty of room to relax and enjoy the sunshine, whilst taking in the spectacular backdrop of the Abbey Saint-Magloire and the River Rance.  Quite a unique spot!  

Note - men must wear swimming trunks, not shorts.

Now, head back towards the old bridge!

It's time to explore the other side of the river...

The lock

Stop at the lock and enjoy the views back across the river to Léhon village.

You will find many fishing enthusiasts here, spending countless hours enjoying their favourite pastime.  Take a look back across the river to Léhon village and admire another view the Abbey Saint-Magloire, the gardens and the outdoor swimming pool. 

If you now have a crush on the little buildings full of character, you will love the quaint little building by the lock!

It's also a beautiful spot to watch the sky changing colour as the sun sets on another day in beautiful Brittany.

The towpath ‘Chemin de Halage’

Walk into Dinan along the towpath ‘Chemin de Halage’

You don't need to be a great athlete to reach the port of Dinan on foot; it is just 2 km from Léhon. To stretch your legs and enjoy an oxygenating outing, the towpath is a nice little stroll. 

Along the way, take in the fauna and flora, the beautiful scenery and just enjoy this magical walk with your loved ones.  This popular route is enjoyed by walkers, joggers and cyclists.  Look out for all the water sport activities that happen on the river too!

Take a trip from Dinan port back to Léhon on Jaman V between April to October and float past Quai du Val!  Small pleasure boats can be hired from Dinan port too.


We hope you've enjoyed your tour of Léhon village.

Are you ready to come and stay?   We hope to welcome you soon.