GR®223 - Pontaubault - Le Mont Saint-Michel

Walking GR®223
GR 223 Coastline of Normandy
  • 17.9 Km
  • 82 m
GR®223 - Pontaubault - Le Mont Saint-Michel

This 18 km stage is the final part of the GR®223, leading to Mont Saint-Michel, the ultimate reward after all of these kilometres on foot.

After the bridge over the river Sélune in Pontaubault, you’ll alternate between walking on the dikes and in the salt meadows. In Flagé, follow the road that goes behind the polders all the way to Roche Torin point. There’s a picnic area here with a fantastic view of Mont Saint-Michel and its spectacular bay.

You need to go around the point then carry on walking in the salt meadows. Next, you’ll come to another picnic area at Le Rivage. Leaving the area behind you, take the dike that runs along Saint-Avit polder.

The finish of the stage is at the footbridge in La Caserne. This is also where the shuttles to Mont Saint-Michel leave from. If you still have some energy left, you can also walk to Mont Saint-Michel, which is around 2 km from here: a last effort before you climb the steps of the famous Mont!

Take the opportunity to visit the Abbey, stroll through the picturesque streets or try crossing the bay on foot. During the spring tides, you can watch as Mont Saint-Michel becomes an island again: a magical experience.

Note: you’ll go through several gates on this section: please be sure to shut them again behind you.

Practical information

Type of trail GR
Markup Red and white
Starting point PONTAUBAULT Pont sur la Sélune
Distance 17.9 Km
Elevation 82 m
Duration 04h30
Difficulty Medium
Elevation profile
Elevation (m) 8 11 8 10 8 9 9 8 8 18 12 9 11 13 10 8 8 8 7 7 8 8 6 9 8 8 8 8 6 7 8 7 9 7 7 7 7 7 5 5 8
Distance 0 km 0.2 km 0.4 km 0.9 km 1.4 km 1.7 km 1.9 km 2.1 km 2.4 km 2.7 km 3 km 3.3 km 3.6 km 3.8 km 4.1 km 4.4 km 4.7 km 5.3 km 6 km 6.4 km 6.7 km 6.9 km 7.2 km 7.6 km 8.5 km 9 km 9.8 km 10.5 km 10.9 km 13 km 14.2 km 15.5 km 16.2 km 16.4 km 16.6 km 16.8 km 17 km 17.2 km 17.4 km 17.5 km 17.7 km

Points of interest

  • Brasserie de la Baie

    A 5 km du Mont Saint-Michel, Christophe brasse ses bières de façon artisanale. L'orge et le blé, issus de l'agriculture biologique donnent aux bières de la Brasserie de la Baie un goût unique.

    Photo, © Brasserie de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
  • Le Pressoir du Mont

    Depuis 40 ans, le Pressoir du Mont fabrique du cidre, du Calvados et du Pommeau, exclusivement avec les fruits de leurs vergers. Toute l'année, venez découvrir et goûter les produits issus de la pomme de Pontorson.

    Photo, © Pressoir du Mont 2020
  • Location de vélo Bik'n'Baie

    Partez à la découverte de la baie du Mont Saint-Michel en vélo. Bik'inbaie vous propose la location de vélos tout chemin à assistance électrique et vélo cargo pour profiter de la baie à votre rythme.

    Photo, © Bik'inbaie 2022
  • Vue sur le Mont Saint-Michel depuis le barrage

    Le barrage sur le Couesnon a été mis en service en 2009 pour réguler le débit du Couesnon et lui permettre de chasser les sédiments vers le large. C'est aussi un point de vue unique sur le Mont Saint-Michel.

    Photo, © OT
  • La Pointe de la Roche Torin

    La Pointe de la Roche Torin offre un point de vue imprenable sur le Mont Saint-Michel mais aussi en période de grandes marées où on peut y observer le mascaret.

    Photo, © David Daguier - CD50

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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