Around Saint-Lô, the Vire Valley

The Vire Valley, typical bocage country, is the perfect place for hiking and for river activities. By following one of the many trails, you will discover breathtaking landscapes, chateaux, manor houses, churches...


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Towpaths and green ways


In the Vire Valley, towpaths and old railways have been turned into green ways (voies vertes). During a short break or a holiday in la Manche, from the Vire Valley to the bay of Mont Saint-Michel you can explore the many available trails, on foot, on a bicycle or on horseback.


Towpaths and green ways


Kayaking on the river Vire


You can also discover the Vire Valley in a canoe or a kayak. There are several clubs and leisure centres where you can rent equipment and set off for a day or a half-day expedition.


Kayaking on the river Vire fotolia


"Les roches de Ham"


Contrasting with the soft curves of bocage landscape, the siliceous cliffs of “les roches Ham” (105 metres) offer panoramic views over the Vire Valley and Saint-Lô countryside.


Les roches de Ham


The abbey of Cerisy-la-Forêt


Situated on the edge of the Cerisy forest, between Saint-Lô and Bayeux, the abbey of Cerisy-la-Forêt is a gem of Romanesque architecture and is worth the visit. During the Middle-Ages, pilgrims stopped here on their journey to Mont Saint-Michel. The forest (classed as natural reserve in 1976) is home to deer and wild boars, but also to remarkable butterflies and an endemic ground beetle (Chrysocarabus auroniten).


The abbey of Cerisy-la-Forêt