For centuries, pilgrims from diverse backgrounds flocked by the thousands to Mont-Saint-Michel, thus weaving a dense network of routes called the “Chemins Montais”.



Promeneurs en bas du Mont-Saint-Michel


Defying time, Mont Saint-Michel has always been the focal point for thousands of pilgrims and visitors. Founded in the eighth century by Aubert, Bishop of Avranches, it was with Rome, Saint-Jacques de Compostela and Jerusalem one of the four largest pilgrimage shrines of medieval Christianity. Part of this network is found in la Manche: the paths of Cherbourg and the paths of Barfleur.


The paths of Cherbourg

Distance : 202 km

Number of stages : 9


Cherbourg – Les Pieux
Les Pieux – Barneville-Carteret
Barneville-Carteret – Denneville
Denneville – Lessay
Lessay – Ancteville
Ancteville – Hauteville-sur-Mer
Hauteville-sur-Mer – Granville
Granville – Saint-Jean-le-Thomas
Saint-Jean-le-Thomas – Le Mont-Saint-Michel


GR223 Barneville Carteret


The paths of Barfleur 

Distance : 192 km

Number of stages : 8

Barfleur – Montebourg
Montebourg – Carentan
Carentan – Périers
> Périers – Coutances
Coutances – Cérences
Cérences – La Haye-Pesnel
La Haye-Pesnel – Saint-Jean-le-Thomas
Saint-Jean-le-Thomas - Le Mont-Saint-Michel


Randonneurs dans la baie du Mont-Saint-Michel




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Things to see near the paths of Cherbourg


- Cherbourg and the world’s largest artificial harbour

- The landscapes of the Côte des Havres, unique in Europe

- Coutances and its cathedral

- Mont-Saint-Michel and the Bay


Le havre de la vanlée


Things to see near the paths of Barfleur

- Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and the Vauban towers listed World Heritage by UNESCO

- The landscapes of the Regional Nature Park of Cotentin and Bessin

- Coutances and its cathedral

- Mont-Saint-Michel and the Bay

La cathédrale de Coutances