Saint-Père-Marc-en-Poulet

On the edge of the river Rance

Saint-Père Marc en Poulet is a rural town bordered by 4 km of river banks along the river Rance.

It is one of the oldest parishes in the territory - the foundation of this small village dates back to the 6th or 7th century and its name comes from the name of the Apostle Peter, the first oratory having been built on the site of the current church. "Marc" has the same origins as "mark" or "march," meaning a border.

 

Cultivated land

Cereal farming

In the 18th century cereals formed the basis of rural farming in the region. Wheat, barley, rye and hemp have all been grown here. A smaller part was set aside for of artificial grasslands, potato fields, rapeseed, flax and hemp. These latter crops became more important from the 19th century onwards, and even tobacco was grown until 1926. Cider apple trees dot the landscape everywhere.

 

Vauban fortifications

The town is rich in a historical heritage from the 18th century. The Fort of Saint Père was built by Sebastien Vauban, Louix XIV's royal architect between 1777 and 1785 in order to protect Brittany from incessant English attacks. This important defensive fort today hosts cultural events such as the Route du Rock.

Fort Saint-Père is also home to a mountain bike base which is located at the starting point of six different circuits, rides bringing you back to your departure point.

 

The tidal mill

Another important heritage site is the Beauchet Tide Mill, listed as a Historic Monument. Today private property, it overlooks the Beauchet lake.

1,972 hectares - 2,419 inhabitants - Locals known as Péréens & Péréennes