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Baupte / Carentan

[ Cycle routes Tour de Manche ] [ Cherbourg > Carentan ]
  • 8.6 km
  • famille Level Family

This marshland is a managed wetland park set up to conserve biodiversity – but it’s a working landscape too, its rich pastures making Carentan a major centre of the regional dairy industry. It is also an ancient port with several ancient churches and a museum commemorating the D-Day landing at Utah Beach.

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The line of the former steam-train leads you gradually into a landscape of marshlands, notably those of Cotentin and Bessin.  The route is safe; however, do remain alert when crossing the RD903 on the east exit of Baupte.  The greenway stops at Carentan, near the centre of town.  Travel through this little town, which is steeped in history, along little lanes, to meet the hamlet of La Mare to the east of Carentan.

Avenue du Maréchal Lecherc
50600 St Hilaire du Harcouët
Tél. 02 33 79 38 88


Railway lines

Vire Train station
TER to Granville, Argentan.

Avranches Train Station
TER to Rennes, Caen, Dol-de-Bretagne.


Not to be missed

The connection between Carentan and the landing beaches of Aromanche and Port-en-Bessin is via a designated route which connects Mont St Michel to other famous D-Day sites.  This ‘Véloroute’ invites you to discover the area’s rich historical and cultural heritage, alternating between greenways (130 kms, or more than half the route) and small country roads.  The complete route should be opened in 2013.

Where to discover more about the Ponts D’Ouve/Natural Park of Bessin Marshes and Cotentin Maison du Parc:
Les Ponts d’Ouve
3, village des Ponts d’Ouve
Tel: 02 33 71 65 30

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Carentan – a port in the country

Carentan – a port in the country
Carentan is an ancient port, and today a peaceful, pretty place to stop and rest. Its fame, though, comes from its setting for some of the most bitter fighting following the Normandy landings as both sides battled for this highly strategic location – since ‘fought over’ many times in films and even computer games.

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