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St-Jean-de-Daye / St-Lo

[ Cycle routes Tour de Manche ] [ Carentan > La Ferrière-Harang (viaduc de la Souleuvre) ]
  • 23.1 km
  • famille Level Family

Follow the pretty, winding Vire Canal through lush countryside all the way to St Lo. Heavily destroyed in 1944, “The Capital of Ruins” has risen from the ashes to become a lively, bustling place, with enough reminders of the past to make this town a fascinating diversion – including an abbey church and relics of the old citadel.

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Between St. Jean-de-Daye and St. Fromond, the route continues along minor, quiet roads that pose no major difficulties for cyclists.  Take care when crossing the RD 8 to the East of St. Fromond.  There is a specially created stopping point to take a rest in comfort.  Next, you will cycle along the towpath on the banks of the Vire till you reach St. Lô and, beyond that, towards the Calvados region.  The greenway here is completely safe, and very easy going.  Numerous stopping points.



Rue de la Poterne
50 000 Saint-Lô
Tél. 02 14 29 00 17


Not to be missed

Saint Lô is world famous for its national stud farm (as well as being the most important equestrian centre in France, with the greatest concentration of stud farms), its ‘green beach’ of lawns next to the river, and its ramparts dating back to the Middle Ages. Saint Lô was bombed very heavily in the Second World War, earning it the title of ‘Capital of Ruins’. Since totally restored, it retains various memorials - including the Chapel of Madeleine, the Memorial hospital and prison gate.

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National Stud at St Lô
Saint Lô promotes itself as the ‘sport horse capital of Europe’ – and at its heart is The National Stud – built in 1806 at the request of Napoleon, whose campaigns required large numbers of horses. Almost completely destroyed by Allied bombing during WWII, it has since been returned to its former glory. 

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