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Arromanches-les-Bains > La Ferrière-Harang (viaduc de la Souleuvre)

  • 80 km

The Véloroute Plages du Débarquement Mont Saint-Michel leads you along ways packed full of history, notably relating to the Second World War Battle of Normandy. The city of Bayeux was mercifully spared by air raids then and has retained much of its charming medieval atmosphere. As you cycle through the local countryside on this section, you can admire the glorious, typical architecture of the area around Bayeux known as the Bessin and take in the beautiful fields and hedgerows of the area known as the Bocage Normand. It all feels so quintessentially Norman, with its centuries-old pasturelands, its grazing cows and its delightful valleys through which many rivers flow.

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Stages of « Arromanches-les-Bains > La Ferrière-Harang (viaduc de la Souleuvre) »

  • Arromanches > Port-en-Bessin > Bayeux

    Arromanches > Port-en-Bessin > Bayeux [14 km]

    Relive something of D-Day and the famous Battle of Normandy. Discover the legendary D-Day landing beaches, where the unforgettable Allied Operation Overlord swung into action on 6th June 1944, witnessing so many feats of bravery. On a quieter note, this section of the Véloroute crosses many pretty villages with their old stone houses and passes in front of many grand farms that often look like manors – they were built at a period when these rich agricultural lands brought prosperity to landowners in the area.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • Bayeux / Tilly-sur-Seulles

    Bayeux / Tilly-sur-Seulles [22 km]

    The Véloroute Plages du Débarquement Mont Saint-Michel leads you along small roads crossing the Bessin area around Bayeux. One unforgettable stop along this stage is the Abbey of Juaye Mondaye. Originally built by the Prémontré religious order some 800 years ago, it was rebuilt in the 18th century and is a masterpiece of the Classical period. The architectural and ornamental ensemble is striking for its sobriety and its sense of balanced harmony.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • Tilly-sur-Seulles / Villers-Bocage

    Tilly-sur-Seulles / Villers-Bocage [17 km]

    You continue cycling through history along the Véloroute Plages du Débarquement Mont Saint-Michel by entering the lanes of the Bocage Normand area, with its long-established pastures divided by hedgerows. At Tilly-sur-Seulles, stop to contemplate the perfect alignment of the rows of white headstones in the British Military Cemetery, an indelible reminder of terrible losses suffered here during the Battle of Normandy.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • Villers-Bocage / La Ferrière-Harang (viaduc de la Souleuvre)

    Villers-Bocage / La Ferrière-Harang (viaduc de la Souleuvre) [27 km]

    The itinerary signposted for you on leaving Villers-Bocage is provisional. Cyclists are advised to take particular care on the 1km stretch along the D 675 road. Then you plunge once again into the typical countryside of the Bocage Normand, going via the Crahan Valley. Next comes the magnificent Forêt de l'Evèque before you arrive at a sensational spot beloved of adrenaline junkies – the Souleuvre Viaduct, well known to bungee jumpers.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details