The GR 223, better known as "Sentier des Douaniers" or coastal path is a 446 km foot path, linking Carentan to Mont-Saint-Michel.


With the marshland of Cotentin, the bocage countryside, the cliffs of La Hague and its long sandy beaches, la Manche is a destination full of wonderful surprises. You can choose to set off on a walking holiday or simply explore one of the stages.



Find here all the stages of the GR® 223



Services from La Malle Postale :

luggage transfer, shuttle service and vehicle transfer.




Access : Train stations in, Carentan, Cherbourg, Granville and Avranches
Manéo bus lines :
N°1 : Carentan - Montebourg
N°2 : Coutances – Granville
N°4 : Granville – Avranches (by the coast)
N°6 : Granville – Le Mont-Saint-Michel
N°9 : Lessay - Coutances
N°10 : Les Pieux - Portbail
N°12 : Barfleur – Cherbourg
N°13 : Quettehou – Barfleur



Discover the coast of Manche from Veys Bay to Mont Saint-Michel, with outstanding landscapes, authentic villages and unique atmospheres. Every 6 hours, get ready for a change of scenery.


Totale Distance : 446 km - 23 stages
Way-marking : white/red





This is not the easiest portion of the GR® 223, best to know it from the start, but it is surely one of the most beautiful. At the top, perched on the cliffs, 4.5 km of climbs and descents await you, as well as 360° panoramas and lovely coves welcoming you with their turquoise waters. In a stimulating coastal atmosphere with beautiful landscapes, you'll quickly forget the difficulties of the hike. Here, with the infinite horizon of the sea, the points of view are unique, and the nature is unspoilt. Our advice: take your time to savour this beautiful day of hiking.        

Preserved and unspoilt nature. Along your way:

> Bird sanctuaries

> Lovely creeks

> Cliffs

> Lush vegetation

> Beautiful hamlets

> Large sandy beaches

> Horses, sheep, cows




***Practical Information***
There are toilets and drinking water at the start of the hike at the Nez de Jobourg

> The best season for walking on the GR223 is the Spring.

> In the last half of August, walk along the path at Cap de la Hague surrounded by heather in full bloom !

> Hiker’s Topo Guide


For more information about the route, a Topo-guide is available :  Tour du Cotentin, GR223® éd. FFRP édition 2014

Purchase your Topo-guide online



Do not miss on the way...


> Several sites are listed World Heritage by UNESCO : the Vauban  Towers in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Mont Saint-Michel and the Bay

> Landing Beaches

> The landscapes of la Hague

> La Côte des Havres, a stretch of coast with unique natural features


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