La Manche, the ideal playground

Outdoor activities in la Manche

Hiking, cycling, nautical activities, sporting events: take your pick!
Photo, © Xavier Lachenaud

Put your trainers on, hop on your bike or grab your wetsuit and prepare for an exciting experience! Diving, swimming, surfing, riding, rolling, walking or running: whether on land or in the sea, la Manche is the perfect playground. Today, you could hike along the Sentier des Douaniers trail, and tomorrow escape on your mountain bike, or head to the sea for unique sensations. In loops, stages or longer treks, explore the paths along the coasts or in the countryside. La Manche is bursting with different landscapes, with something for everyone, whatever the season. Its wide open spaces are perfect for pushing yourself or taking time to unwind and enjoy a complete change of scenery. Discover all the outdoor activities on offer in la Manche and choose your next adventure!

Outdoor activities to try

Photo, © Captain Yvon


The best way to see la Manche is on foot! The GR®223 hiking trail, themed walks and practical advice: organise your next hike.

Hiking in la Manche
Photo, © Captain Yvon

La Manche by bike

More than 1 200 km of cycle routes and 230 km of greenways allow you to discover the la Manche differently. Whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned cyclist, with a road bike, a mountain bike or a gravel bike, prepare to be surprised.

Photo, © Refuse to Hibernate

All the routes

Distance, route map, elevation, unmissable spots and level of difficulty: find all the routes for walking, cycling, mountain biking or horse riding.

Circular walks and trails
Photo, © Benoit Ghio pour Wolrd Else

Horse riding

La Manche is an equestrian land. Trot or gallop along the beaches, cross the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel, or explore the paths through the Norman bocage countryside, all on horseback.

Horse riding in la Manche
Photo, © Loris Delande

Nautical activities

With more than 670 km of coastline, la Manche has plenty of activities on offer. Surfing, sand yachting, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, windfoiling, coasteering: take your pick!

Photo, © La Tatihougue

Sporting events

The Diabolik de Ragnar, the Barjo, the Enduro des Sables... Whether you’re an accomplished athlete, looking for new challenges or an amateur runner, test yourself at one of the different sporting events organised in la Manche.
The sporting events

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