Normandy Cycle Routes

Normandy Cycle Routes

A number of my guests have brought their bikes to Normandy to enjoy some cycling. Normandy has 1600km of véloroutes (cycle routes) giving you cycling itineraries via traditional cycle paths or secure roads with little traffic. The cycle routes are designated by special signposts. 700km of these routes are greenways (or voie vertes in French). Greenways are specially built tracks – often former railways lines or towpaths – where there is no motorised traffic.

Normandy cycle routes

For the serious cyclist there are a number of long routes such as the landing beaches to Mont St Michel. There are 2 options here meaning you can start from either Utah beach or Arromanches. The route is 210km (130 miles long). There’s more information here including a detailed route.

Arromanches

A visit to Mont-Saint-Michel

If you’d prefer to drive and take your bike, then you could cycle near Mont-Saint-Michel. You can’t leave your bike at the foot of the island or take your bike onto the island. The only permitted places to leave your bicycle are are near the Tourist Information Centre (near the parking) and by the dam. However, you can cycle to the foot of the island and back again. Read the information here.

Cycling

There are plenty of cycle routes near to the gite. This website lists some of them. If you scroll down to the bottom of the webpage you’ll see a list of routes – some of which have a bicycle symbol. The cycle route in the image below is around Nicorps and gives wonderful views over the steeples and bell towers of Coutances.

Normandy Cycle Routes

For more information about cycling in Normandy check out the website or watch the video below.

Cycling – Normandy’s Favourite Sport

Cycling

Sunday 27th May sees the final stage of Le Tour de la Manche taking place in Normandy. The race is in its 54th year and welcomes 18 teams. Four teams are from La Manche region so may benefit from riding in their home territory.

Cycling

Sunday’s stage starts in Valognes and finishes in Granville. It’s a 145km course. For more information visit the Facebook page.

Cycling Along the Headlands of La Sienne

Regneville

Cycling arounds the headlands of La Sienne river affords wonderful views of the Normandy countryside. This 20km circular route starts in Regnéville-sur-Mer with views towards the remains of the bridge at Pont de la Roque, the nearby lime kilns, the lighthouse at Pointe d’Agon and the ruined chateau.  You’ll also pass through small villages typical of this part of  the Normandy coastline.

View from Regneville chateau Regneville

The castle almost seems to defy gravity!

La SienneLa Sienne

This is the view from La Pointe d’Agon looking towards Regnéville.

For more information, visit http://www.manchetourisme.com/balade-et-randonnee?mb_page=circuit&mb_id=7059&use_temp=false&mb_titre=les-promontoires-de-la-sienne#mb_module 

Your chance to ride Le Grand Depart route in Normandy

Your chance to ride Le Grand Depart route in Normandy

This year the general public will have the chance to ride the route the riders will take on the opening day of the tour – Le Grand Départ. The event will take place on Sunday 26 June and there are three routes available to cater for all abilities. The 189km route starts from Mont St Michel and follows the route the professionals will take on 2 July. An 80km route starting at Lessay and the shortest route (44km) begins in Montebourg. All the routes go via Utah beach and end in Carentan. You need to sign up for the event and can find out more details here bit.ly/etape-grand-depart

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The Tour de France is coming to Normandy

The Tour de France is coming to Normandy

The Tour de France is coming to Normandy this year. Three stages take place in La Manche region and Normandy Gite Holidays is the ideal base to see all them all from. 2 July is Le Grand Départ from Mont St Michel to Utah beach – one of the D-Day landing beaches. The route for 3 July runs from St Lô to Cherbourg. The final stage on 4 July starts at the seaside resort of Granville. There are also events taking place in the previous week. On Sunday 26 June, three races along the route of the Grand Départ will be held for amateurs. Paid registration is essential for this opportunity to cycle the route. The TDF teams will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday 30 June at Sainte Mère Église. So, plenty to see and do before and after the tour.

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On yer bike

On yer bike

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This weekend, the Fete du Vélo encourages people to get out on their bikes. The theme for the annual event is cycling in towns and discovering your local area. The events take place on 6 and 7 June and are free; a full list can be found at www.feteduvelo.fr

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The Tour de France arrives in Normandy

The Tour de France arrives in Normandy

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This year Normandy is hosting two stages of the Tour de France. Today's race ends in Le Havre in Upper Normandy and starts in Livarot (Lower Normandy) tomorrow. Will Tony Martin hold onto his yellow jersey?

The 2016 race will again return to Normandy with the first three stages taking place in La Manche in Lower Normandy. Great cycling and stunning scenery are guaranteed.

For more information about the race, visit www.letour.com. Photo credit to ASO/P.Perreve courtesy of www.letour.com where you will find more photos of all the race action.

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The Tour de France arrives in Normandy

This year Normandy is hosting two stages of the Tour de France. Today's race ends in Le Havre in Upper Normandy and starts in Livarot (Lower Normandy) tomorrow. Will Tony Martin hold onto his yellow jersey?

The 2016 race will again return to Normandy with the first three stages taking place in La Manche in Lower Normandy. Great cycling and stunning scenery are guaranteed.

For more information about the race, visit www.letour.com. Photo credit to ASO/P.Perreve courtesy of www.letour.com where you will find more photos of all the race action.

Posted by Chris of Gavray Gites.

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Normandy vélorail – a fun day out

velorail

The vélorail at Condé-sur-Vire is around a 45 minute drive from Gavray. Using an old railway track, you can take in the scenery as you cycle alongside the Vire river. The 11 kilometer journey takes about an hour and a half along a fairly flat track. Each cart takes 4 people with 2 people cycling and 2 people sitting down. It costs 20 euros per vélorail and is suitable for children. The station is open every weekend from April through to September and every day in July and August.

Photo and cycled by Chris of Gavray Gites.

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