The major cycle routes in la Manche

Discover la Manche on two wheels
Photo, © Un monde à vélo

Do you love cycling? Are you a fan of outdoor pursuits and adventures? Then the major cycle routes that wind their way across la Manche are just right for you! Whether you follow the Véloscénie, the Vélomaritime or Vélo WestNormandy, they all lead to the same special place: Mont Saint-Michel. Are you ready for an unforgettable experience as you take in the stunning landscapes of la Manche? Then hop on your bike! 

The Véloscénie

A scenic adventure

450 km
4 regions
3 nature parks

A cycle route from Paris to Mont Saint-Michel

The Véloscénie is a cycle route that links two emblematic French monuments: Notre-Dame-de-Paris and Mont Saint-Michel. Covering 450 kilometres, the route travels through four regions and three nature parks. You’ll see lots of treasures of French heritage along the way: châteaux such as Versailles, the cathedral in Chartres, picturesque villages, the thermal baths in Bagnoles de l’Orne, and much more.

The Véloscénie follows a succession of bike tracks, greenways, forest trails and signposted roads. From the Chevreuse valley to the Norman countryside, via the Perche region, you’ll pedal through some stunning landscapes and enjoy a sense of complete freedom as you reconnect with nature. You can follow this cycle route from start to finish or opt for individual sections, as you prefer.

The Véloscénie

Photo, © Un monde à vélo

Five stages of the Véloscénie in la Manche

La Manche is the last department that the Véloscénie goes through. You’ll enter la Manche in Barenton, before heading towards the grand finale in Mont Saint-Michel!

  1. Domfont to Barenton - 17 km 
  2. Barenton to Mortain - 17 km
  3. Mortain to Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët - 11 km
  4. Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët to Ducey - 19 km
  5. Ducey to Mont Saint-Michel - 27 km

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The Vélomaritime, a ride between land and sea

The French section of the EuroVelo4 cycle route

1500 km
5 countries
3 monuments at UNESCO

This cycle route links Roscoff in France to Kiev in Ukraine. The EuroVelo 4 route passes through five other countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland.

The French section, the Vélomaritime, starts in Brittany and goes all the way to the Hauts de France region. Covering more than 1 200 km, it takes you past legendary sites such as the Côte de Granit Rose (Pink Granite Coast), Mont Saint-Michel, the D-Day beaches, the cliffs in Étretat, the Bay of the Somme and the Côte d’Opale (Opal Coast).

The Vélomaritime

Vélomaritime: the 15 stages in la Manche

More than 350 km of this cycle route cross through la Manche. The ride takes you between the countryside and the coast: a great way to discover the treasures of the department as you feast your eyes on its gorgeous landscapes!

  1. Mont Saint-Michel to Ducey-les-Chéris - 27 km 
  2. Ducey-les-Chéris to Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët - 19 km
  3. Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët - Mortain 11 km
  4. Mortain to Vire - 43 km
  5. Vire to Pont-Farcy - 33 km
  6. Pont-Farcy to Saint-Lô - 31.50 km
  7. Saint-Lô to Saint-Jean-de-Daye - 23 km
  8. Saint-Jean-de-Daye to Carentan-les-Marais - 19 km
  9. Carentan-les-Marais to La Haye - 22 km
  10. La Haye to Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte - 15 km
  11. Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte to Bricquebec-en-Cotentin - 13 km
  12. Bricquebec-en-Cotentin to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin - 30 km 
  13. Cherbourg-en-Cotentin to Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue  - 42 km
  14. Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue to Utah Beach - 35 km
  15. Utah Beach to Carentan-les-Marais - 23 km

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Did you know ?

La Malle Postale is a service that provides support to enable you to travel light during your adventure. In partnership with taxis and carriers in la Manche, La Malle Postale proposes luggage transportation services on the major cycle routes in la Manche

Planning your cycling trip

The Vélo WestNormandy

Discovering the historical and cultural heritage of la Manche by bike

230 km
2 departments
4 or 5 hiking days

This exclusively Norman cycle route links the emblematic D-Day sites to Mont Saint-Michel. Accessible to all levels, it’s a great way to explore the heritage of the area, between the coast, the countryside and the marshes.

Photo, © Xavier Lachenaud

The Vélo WestNormandy combines greenways and country paths. There are three starting points: Port-en-Bessin or Arromanches in the Calvados and Utah-Beach in the Manche.

Photo, © Emmanuel Berthier pour l'EV4

Three extensions are also suggested towards the historical beaches of Utah, Gold and Omaha, which you can explore before heading to Mont Saint-Michel. The Vélo WestNormandy shares a section with the VéloMaritime cycle route, and can be a shorter alternative: perfect for a midweek break! The VéloWestNormandy is easily accessible by train, at the start and finish, from Paris or Rennes.

The Vélo WestNormandy

Photo, © Emmanuel Berthier pour l'EV4

La Manche section in five stages

  1. Utah-Beach to Saint-Fromond - 41 km 
  2. Saint-Fromond to Tessy-sur-Vire - 43 km
  3. Tessy-sur-Vire to Vire - 40 km
  4. Vire to Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët - 52 km
  5. Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët to Mont Saint-Michel - 50 km 

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