Croix de Mi-Lieue, St Michel En Greve, Breton Beach Cross

During our stay in Brittany we saw many standing stones but only one Breton Beach Cross.  Lieue en Grève is the most enormous sandy bay in Northern Brittany.  Three miles wide and the tide goes out for the better part of a mile.  Back in the mists of time, the Roman Road left dry land and crossed the sands at St Michel en Grève in the corner of the bay.

Right in the middle of the bay stands the Croix de Mi-Lieue, a cross that despite being as tall as me is entirely covered at high tide. Back in the day if the base of the cross was visible then it was safe to embark on a crossing.   If not travellers faced a twelve hour wait for the tide to turn or go the long way round by land.  Nowadays the cross makes for a pleasant stroll across the sands and an added diversion to collecting the many pretty shells that scatter the beach.

Shells Brittany

Read all about our adventures just a little bit further round the coast discovering the Rose Granite Coast.



  1. August 2, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    I agree with Darren, such a peaceful shot. I’d print that for my wall, I think. #MySundayzphoto

  2. nikkifrankhamilton
    August 4, 2015 / 3:58 am

    I love this, it is beautiful, calm, peaceful, I would love to make the cross over.

  3. annette @afrenchcollection
    November 4, 2017 / 10:18 am

    The seaweed has such a vibrant green, adding so much colour to this shot. #AllAboutFrance

  4. November 6, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    I hadn’t heard about this beach, thanks for sharing it with #AllAboutFrance

  5. November 8, 2017 / 8:34 am

    What an interesting story and a simple yet effective way to help travellers from days gone by. #AllAboutFrance

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