The Roches de Ham,
a treasure of La Manche

Outdoor activities near Saint-Lô
Photo, © Xavier Lachenaud

The Roches de Ham are hidden deep in the Manche countryside. A real gem, this haven of nature is the perfect place to enjoy a walk with a spectacular view of the Vire valley. Kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, and more. Discover all the different outdoor pursuits on offer here. For a well-earned break, head to the crêperie for a tasty treat with an amazing view, or enjoy one of the many lovely picnic spots.

Outdoor pursuits

in the rural setting of the Roches de Ham

The Roches de Ham is a natural site located in the Normandy countryside close to Saint-Lô. These shale cliffs stand at 105 metres high, with a spectacular view of the Vire valley.

Kayaking on the River Vire

Kayaking is a popular activity in the Vire valley. The outdoor leisure park in Condé-sur-Vire, very close to the Roches de Ham, offers trips on the River Vire. You can choose between several distances: 4, 6 or even 12 km for seasoned paddlers! You can hire kayaks or canoes, and 10-seater canoes are available for groups.

Photo, © Xavier Lachenaud

The Roches de Ham trail run

For the more energetic visitors, a trail run is organised every year in late October (10 and 21 km). The Roches de Ham are also the ideal place to train and to push your limits on the steep paths and descents.

Archery, climbing, paddleboarding: take your pick of the activities on offer

Other outdoor activities such as archery, climbing, paddleboarding and mountain biking are available. These are also organised by the watersports centre. As you can see, the Roches de Ham are an ideal spot to get away from it all in the great outdoors!

The outdoor leisure park in Condé-sur-Vire

Country walks

If you love walking, then this place is perfect, with several hiking trails for you to test. You could try the 8 km circular route starting at the Roches de Ham. You might meet cyclists and horse riders following the towpath along the River Vire, or people kayaking down the river.

Photo, © Xavier Lachenaud

Our suggestions

on how to enjoy this outstanding natural setting

How do you get there?

By car, take the country roads towards Condé-sur-Vire and Brectouville. A car park is available for visitors to the site. Just a short walk from there takes you to the panoramic view and a complete change of scenery!

Which season?

The Roches de Ham are accessible in any weather and any season. We recommend visiting in early autumn, when the magical colours of the leaves make the view even more spectacular. Spring is also a lovely time to visit, when the flowers begin to bloom.

Where to eat at the Roches de Ham?

If you’re feeling peckish, there are two options.

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    Photo, © Xavier Lachenaud

    You can also treat yourself to a savoury galette or a sweet crêpe and enjoy the view from the panoramic terrace. The crêperie at the Roches de Ham is a lovely spot with delicious treats for all the family!

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    Photo, © Xavier Lachenaud

    You can take a picnic for a lovely outdoor lunch. Or in the evening, after your efforts, you can admire the sunset and enjoy the fresh air. Picnic tables are available in different parts of the site.

Walking in the Vire Valley

Around Saint-Lô, many walks invite you to discover the destination. voies vertes, towpaths on the edge of Vire, you can cross the small country roads on foot or by bike and go green! 

All the walks around Saint-Lô

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