GR®223 - Cap Lévi - Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

Walking GR®223
GR 223 Coastline of Normandy
  • 19 Km
  • 428 m
GR®223 - Cap Lévi - Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

For 19 km, you’ll walk along tracks, with views of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin in the distance, your destination for this stage. Just a few hundred metres from the fort, walk past the pretty Cap Lévi harbour, protected by the bay of the same name. For a long time, the Romans used this harbour as a place of transit to England. It now shelters small fishing and sailing boats.

Carry on along the coast towards Anse du Brick. This fine sandy beach, at the foot of the cliffs, is a top spot for surfing and other watersports. Leaving the l’Anse de Brick behind you, take the footbridge over the D116 and head up the road to the viewpoint.

The path gradually heads away from the coast to climb up for some fantastic views of the harbour in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, the biggest artificial harbour in the world. (An alternative route is possible if you want to continue along the coast. Take the pedestrian right-of-way, marked by a yellow circle). In the hamlet Douet Picot, turn right to continue on the main GR route or take the GR®223A, a variant that crosses the southern part of the town, known as the “Balcons de Cherbourg”.

You’ll get back to the coast at Port du Becquet. Nestled between two rocky outcrops, the port was built in 1783. It was the main place of embarkation for shipping stones from the nearby quarries to be used in the construction of the great jetty in Cherbourg harbour.

Finally, walk along Collignon beach, the maritime boulevard and the port area, before arriving at the former transatlantic liner terminal, which now houses the Cité de la Mer, the destination of this stage. Take the opportunity to explore the town of Cherbourg and its best spots.

Practical information

Type of trail GR
Markup Red and white
Starting point FERMANVILLE Fort du Cap Lévi
Ending point CHERBOURG-OCTEVILLE Pont tournant
Distance 19 Km
Elevation 428 m
Duration 05h15
Difficulty Difficult

Points of interest

  • La Cité de la Mer

    A la Cité de la mer, découvrez l'aventure de l'Homme sous la mer. Dans l'ancienne gare maritime transatlantique, aquariums, expositions, espaces ludiques et engins sous-marins s'enchaînent. Le sous-marin "Le Redoutable" n'attend que vous !

  • Les viviers du Becquet

    Vente en direct de coquillages et crustacés.

    Photo, © Caroline Groud
  • Restaurant A l'abri des flots

    Le restaurant A l’abri des flots situé sur le petit port du Becquet vous accueille toute l’année. Déjeuner ou dîner face à la mer, sur la terrasse lorsque le temps le permet, le restaurant propose des plats faits maisons, choucroute de la mer, fondue normande au camembert, ... et pour les plus pressés Le plat du jour.

    Photo, © A l'Abri des Flots - Mathilde Mochon
  • Restaurant La Maison Rouge

    Le restaurant La Maison Rouge est le lieu idéal pour déguster des plats réalisés avec des produits locaux tout en profitant d’une vue époustouflante sur l’Anse du Brick.

    Photo, © CDT Manche-O.Marlier
  • Restaurant L'Escale

    À Fermanville, le bar/restaurant l'Escale fait crêperie et brasserie. Il se situe à quelques kilomètres du cap Lévi où des paysages sauvages vous attendent

    Photo, © Valérie LEFEBVRE
  • Fort de Digosville

    Le fort de Digosville permettait autrefois de défendre Cherbourg contre les envahisseurs. À présent, il donne un joli point de vue sur Cherbourg et ses environs.

    Photo, © Yolaine Thomain

Hiker's tips

  • Wear appropriate clothing for the route and the weather
  • Make sure you take enough water
  • Tell family or friends where you’re planning to go and make sure you take a fully charged mobile
  • Protect nature: take your rubbish home with you, keep your dog on a lead and stay on the marked paths.

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