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From the D-Day Landing Beaches to the Mont-Saint-Michel by bike

  • 300 km

This itinerary invites you to explore our historic and cultural heritage by linking two world famous sites from D-Day with two attractions listed by UNESCO: the Bayeux tapestry and the Mont-Saint-Michel. On this route, you can take in the rich Normandy countryside with stops in Port-en-Bessin, Arromanches, Utah Beach, the natural wetlands of the Cherbourg Peninsula, Bayeux, the Souleuvre Viaduct, the ‘Bocage Normand’ district and the bay of the Mont Saint-Michel.

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Stages of « From the D-Day Landing Beaches to the Mont-Saint-Michel by bike »

  • Carentan / St-Jean-de-Daye

    Carentan / St-Jean-de-Daye [25 km]

    During this stretch of your journey you move from the lower lying wetlands, with their characteristic network of channels and canals, through to the hedged pastures that are home to many of the stud farms that make this part of France the centre of the racehorse industry– watch out for signs to the local ‘hippodromes’.

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  • St-Jean-de-Daye / St-Lo

    St-Jean-de-Daye / St-Lo [23.1 km]

    Follow the pretty, winding Vire Canal through lush countryside all the way to St Lo. Heavily destroyed in 1944, “The Capital of Ruins” has risen from the ashes to become a lively, bustling place, with enough reminders of the past to make this town a fascinating diversion – including an abbey church and relics of the old citadel.

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  • St-Lô / Condé-sur-Vire

    St-Lô / Condé-sur-Vire [12.1 km]

    The short distance to Conde-sur-Vire takes you through some of the most picturesque parts of the valley - with hedgerows full of wild flowers, and sheep, horses and cattle grazing in peaceful pastures as you wind your way along. There are also plenty of tempting bars and creperies to sample local delicacies!

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  • Condé-sur-Vire / Pont-Farcy

    Condé-sur-Vire / Pont-Farcy [19.5 km]

    Following the Vire Valley your route then winds through rural villages and pretty hamlets to the mediaeval town of Tessy-sur-Vire, which has some fine granite buildings. En route, look out for a rocky outcrop called ‘Les Roches de Ham’ dominating the valley - some 100 metres high, and offering spectacular views.

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  • Pont-Farcy / La Ferrière-Harang

    Pont-Farcy / La Ferrière-Harang [15 km]

    Pont Farcy, now bypassed from the main road, is a modestly built village but one with a long and proud history: it has its origins in Gallo-Roman times and it has long been an important inland port (some 100km from the coast) and a crossing place over the Vire – notably for those making pilgrimages to Mont St Michel.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • La Ferrière-Harang / Vire

    La Ferrière-Harang / Vire [18.4 km]

    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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  • Vire / Sourdeval

    Vire / Sourdeval [24.2 km]

    The busy market town of Vire has ancient roots, but it was heavily reconstructed after Allied bombing in 1944. Look beyond the present day and you’ll find remains of the 12th century fortifications built by Henry I, ruler of England and Normandy. And do try Vire’s culinary speciality – the Andouille smoked sausage.

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  • Sourdeval / Mortain

    Sourdeval / Mortain [18.2 km]

    Leaving Sourdeval you enter very pretty country: the area around Mortain is surrounded by woods and here, amidst tranquil, shaded surroundings in a deep, green-wooded gorge, the waters of Cance and Cancon cascade to create waterfalls. Mortain also hosts a memorial to the heroism of the defenders of Hill 314.

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  • Mortain / St-Hilaire-du-Harcouët

    Mortain / St-Hilaire-du-Harcouët [14.9 km]

    The enchanting Cance waterfalls are a focal point of the powerful local terrain, carving between steep hills, an untamed heart of ‘Armorican Normandy’. The greenway then heads towards St-Hilaire which precedes your arrival in the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel.

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  • St-Hilaire-du-Harcouët / Ducey

    St-Hilaire-du-Harcouët / Ducey [19 km]

    Stronghold between Brittany, Cotentin and the Loire country, St Hilaire du Harcouët offers many activities during the summer around the Prieuré lakes. This stage of la Véloscénie and the Petit Tour de Manche, travelling along a greenway, is full of life.

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  • Ducey / Mont-Saint-Michel

    Ducey / Mont-Saint-Michel [31.1 km]

    The final stage of la Véloscénie and a spectacular resting point on the Tour de Manche, where the greenway rolls all the way to the mouth of the Sélune. From there on, as you travel on shared roads, you can indulge in a feast for the eyes: Mont-Saint-Michel rises up, a colourful panorama, set like a jewel in the circle of the bay.

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