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La Ferrière-Harang / Vire

[ Cycle route Petit Tour de Manche , Tour de Manche ] [ La Ferrière-Harang (viaduc de la Souleuvre) > Mortain , The Tour de Manche by bike in Normandy , From the D-Day Landing Beaches to the Mont-Saint-Michel by bike ]
  • 18.4 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

This part of the route takes you past one of the most spectacular edifices along the Vire: the Viaduc de la Souleuvre. Once a hugely impressive railway viaduct designed by Gustave Eiffel, arching over the valley on five granite pillars, it survived the War but was demolished in 1970 – and is now popular for bungee jumping.

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Itinerary

This section of route begins hilly but eases up on the way into the village of La Graverie, in the direction of Vire.  The route continues on a shared road at the heart of the Normandy hedged farmland.  You join a very accessible and easy-going greenway in La Graverie, which carries on until the entrance to Vire.  Be careful where the route includes several hundred metres of the RD 56 to the south of the La Souleuvre viaduct.

TIC

Bocage Virois house
La Papillonnière
14 500 Vire
Tel. 02 31 67 37 67

 

Not to be missed

The Vire Museum of art and popular traditions, located in the former hospital (19th century) is one of the most beautiful buildings in the town.

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Vire
 
Britain helped shape both the ancient and modern Vire. In the 12th century, Henry I, ruler of England and Normandy, built the (still visible) fortifications. Allied bombing later led its almost complete reconstruction into a busy market town. Look out for Vire’s culinary speciality – the Andouille smoked sausage
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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