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Route « Tour de Manche »

  • 1200 km

The Tour de Manche offers a unique maritime perspective over 1200 km of varied landscapes either side of the English Channel. Going at your own pace, you have the chance to take the time to discover natural locations of exceptional beauty and interest including Corfe Castle, Dorset and East Devon’s Jurassic Coast, Dartmoor National Park, the Pink Granite Coast and the Bay of Mont St-Michel. This route also builds in part of the existing European cycle route EV4 along the French coast and can be ridden in ‘bite-sized’ pieces, or for the more serious cyclist, as a complete tour. Most of the Tour de Manche route is on quiet roads, and it has been carefully marked out. Although challenging in parts, with a selection of testing but rewarding climbs for keen cyclists, it also offers sections of much easier riding that give you time to relax and enjoy beautiful scenery, culture and art of living in each country.

The sections of Tour de Manche

  • Cherbourg > Carentan

    Cherbourg > Carentan picto itineraire[79.1 km]

    Cherbourg > Brix > Bricquebec > St-Sauveur-le-Vicomte > La Haye-du-Puits > Baupte > Carentan
    • Family from Cherbourg to Brix and from Brix to Bricquebec and from Bricquebec to St-Sauveur-le-Vicomte and from St-Sauveur-le-Vicomte to La Haye-du-Puits and from La Haye-du-Puits to Baupte and from Baupte to Carentan

    Leaving Cherbourg, you travel through an ever-changing landscape of hedged fields, dunes and moorland, and Portbail with its beautiful golden beach. The Cotentin Regional National Park and Bessin Marshes are magical places to cycle - do stop to sample the local cheeses, ciders, seafood and Calvados apple brandy.

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  • Carentan > La Ferrière-Harang (viaduc de la Souleuvre)

    Carentan > La Ferrière-Harang (viaduc de la Souleuvre) picto itineraire[94.7 km]

    Carentan > St-Jean-de-Daye > St-Lô > Condé-sur-Vire > Pont-Farcy > La Ferrière-Harang
    • Family from Carentan to St-Jean-de-Daye and from St-Jean-de-Daye to St-Lô and from St-Lô to Condé-sur-Vire and from Condé-sur-Vire to Pont-Farcy
    • Expert from Pont-Farcy to La Ferrière-Harang

    After the lush landscapes of Normandy, you enter the Vire Valley with its rolling hills and spectacular gorges. At Roches de Ham, the rocks form a near 100 metre precipitous wall above the river.

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  • La Ferrière-Harang (viaduc de la Souleuvre) > Mortain

    La Ferrière-Harang (viaduc de la Souleuvre) > Mortain picto itineraire[60.8 km]

    La Ferrière-Harang > Vire > Sourdeval > Mortain
    • Family from Vire to Sourdeval and from Sourdeval to Mortain
    • Intermediate from La Ferrière-Harang to Vire

    Here you arrive in the Vire Valley, renowned for its undulating banks and spectacular gorges. In the midst of the area's countryside with its typical Norman patchwork of fields divided by hedgerows, don't miss the Roches de Ham, rising some 100m above the river, forming a vertiginous rocky cliff.

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  • Le Bocage Mortainais

    Le Bocage Mortainais picto itineraire[33.9 km]

    Mortain > St-Hilaire-du-Harcouët > Ducey
    • Family from Mortain to St-Hilaire-du-Harcouët
    • Intermediate from St-Hilaire-du-Harcouët to Ducey

    Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking a lush green landscape, the town of Mortain is a striking crossroads for the Petit Tour de Manche and la Véloscénie. The greenway, which follows the old steam-train tracks, leads you straight to the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel. The Normandy countryside guarantees a gentle pastoral change of scenery as you head towards Ducey into the heart of the Sélune valley.

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  • La baie du Mont-Saint-Michel

    La baie du Mont-Saint-Michel picto itineraire[31.1 km]

    Ducey > Mont-Saint-Michel
    • Intermediate from Ducey to Mont-Saint-Michel

    A truly fabulous location. This section of the Véloscénie and the Tour de Manche takes you on small roads through the polders, which are dotted with tiny villages, before you arrive at the highlight of the route. Mont-Saint-Michel, ever-present, cuts a mythical silhouette surrounded by grasslands and constantly shifting sands. The greenway follows the length of the Couesnon River, allowing you lots of time to savour the vista of this marvellous symbol of the world heritage of humanity.

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  • Le Mont-St-Michel > St-Malo

    Le Mont-St-Michel > St-Malo picto itineraire[67.6 km]

    Mont-Saint-Michel > Le Vivier-sur-Mer > Cancale > St-Malo
    • Family from Mont-Saint-Michel to Le Vivier-sur-Mer
    • Expert from Le Vivier-sur-Mer to Cancale and from Cancale to St-Malo

    With the Mont St-Michel Bay providing the dramatic backdrop, head towards the citadel itself whose historical and architectural heritage is so renowned. It's to the rhythm of the constant, powerful tides surging in from the Atlantic that you now travel through natural, conserved marshlands, and polders stretching as far as he eye can see down the Breton coastline. Climb up to Cancale, the unspoilt fishing port on the Emerald Coast, famous for its oysters, and its excellent seafood restaurants lining the sea front.

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  • Jersey

    Jersey picto itineraire[62 km]

    St-Helier - Jersey > La Corbière -Jersey > Greve de Lecq -Jersey > Mont Orgueil Castle -Jersey
    • Family from St-Helier - Jersey to La Corbière -Jersey
    • Intermediate from La Corbière -Jersey to Greve de Lecq -Jersey and from Greve de Lecq -Jersey to Mont Orgueil Castle -Jersey and from Mont Orgueil Castle -Jersey to St-Helier - Jersey

    Jersey is the most southerly of the British Channel Islands, the sun shines and the weather is mild. The cycle routes are perfect, you don’t see much traffic and everywhere is close. As a frontline outpost between Britain and France, Jersey has a unique history and heritage. Here road names are in French but everyone speaks English, Michelin-starred chefs rub shoulders in Fish and Chip shops, and within half an hour of leaving the office the fund managers are on their surfboards.

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  • St-Malo > St-Brieuc

    St-Malo > St-Brieuc picto itineraire[99.5 km]

    St-Malo > Matignon > Erquy > Yffiniac > St-Brieuc
    • Intermediate from St-Malo to Matignon and from Matignon to Erquy and from Yffiniac to St-Brieuc
    • Expert from Erquy to Yffiniac

    Begin this choice section of the Tour de Manche at the salty city of St-Malo. Further reputed seaside resorts, joyous beaches and stunning sea views follow along this brilliant route along the Côte d’Emeraude and Côte de Penthièvre. Enjoy countless discoveries, of forts, fine villas, river estuaries, coves and dramatic headlands.

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  • St-Brieuc > Paimpol

    St-Brieuc > Paimpol picto itineraire[59.4 km]

    St-Brieuc > Binic > Plouha > Paimpol
    • Intermediate from Plouha to Paimpol
    • Expert from St-Brieuc to Binic and from Binic to Plouha

    This Tour de Manche section introduces you to unspoilt stretches of shoreline known as "grèves", well represented in the Bay of St-Brieuc’s Nature Reserve. Continuing up this bay’s western side, the Côte de Goëlo’s old fishing ports are now charming seaside resorts. Visit Beauport Abbey before this captivating section ends at the port of Paimpol.

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  • Paimpol > Lannion

    Paimpol > Lannion picto itineraire[80.9 km]

    Paimpol > Tréguier > Perros-Guirec > Trébeurden > Lannion
    • Family from Trébeurden to Lannion
    • Intermediate from Paimpol to Tréguier and from Tréguier to Perros-Guirec
    • Expert from Perros-Guirec to Trébeurden

    After Paimpol, the Tour de Manche continues along an island-strewn coast and through countryside marked by the steep, attractive Trieux and Jaudy Valleys. Then admire the famed Côte de Granit Rose, with its breathtaking pink-tinged rocks. The meandering Léguer leads you to the pleasant town of Lannion, near the département (county) of Finistère.

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  • Lannion > Morlaix

    Lannion > Morlaix picto itineraire[69.4 km]

    Lannion > Plestin-les-Grèves > Plougasnou > Morlaix
    • Intermediate from Lannion to Plestin-les-Grèves and from Plougasnou to Morlaix
    • Expert from Plestin-les-Grèves to Plougasnou

    This section takes you from Lannion Bay to Morlaix Bay, going via the vast, serene Grève de St-Michel and the Corniche de l’Armorique. From the Pointe de Primel headland you can already glimpse the port of Roscoff and the Island of Batz. Note that this section has not yet been laid out between Plestin-les-Grèves and Morlaix.

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  • Morlaix > Roscoff

    Morlaix > Roscoff picto itineraire[30.8 km]

    Morlaix > Roscoff
    • Intermediate from Morlaix to Roscoff

    From Morlaix, to reach the port of Roscoff, the Tour de Manche shares the way with La Vélodyssée® cycle route, following the River Penzé. Near the dramatic little city of St-Pol-de-Léon, in the Pays Léonard area, you cross wide fields producing famed pink onions and artichokes, with beautiful views to the Channel.

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  • Plymouth > Okehampton

    Plymouth > Okehampton picto itineraire[67 km]

    Plymouth > Tavistock > Okehampton
    • Intermediate from Plymouth to Tavistock and from Tavistock to Okehampton

    To ride this section is to experience Devon’s huge variety of landscapes: from the urban expanse of Plymouth to the thick forestation of Plymbridge Woods and the stark beauty of Dartmoor. The route is mostly off-road and uses former railway lines, giving cyclists a thrilling ride through tunnels and across dramatic viaducts.

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  • Okehampton > Axminster

    Okehampton > Axminster picto itineraire[101.1 km]

    Okehampton > Exeter > Sidmouth > Axminster
    • Intermediate from Okehampton to Exeter
    • Expert from Exeter to Sidmouth and from Sidmouth to Axminster

    This section has something for everyone: verdant hills and pastures, a beautiful coastline designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, and city attractions. You’ll also ride through some of Devon’s most picturesque villages. At times physically demanding, this section rewards you with some outstanding scenery.

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  • Axminster > Dorchester

    Axminster > Dorchester picto itineraire[55.8 km]

    Axminster > Bridport > Dorchester
    • Intermediate from Axminster to Bridport
    • Expert from Bridport to Dorchester

    The route explores the pretty Marshwood Vale, home to hill forts, stone circles and attractive hamlets which have maintained their historic character. Riding along quiet lanes through farmland, the going is occasionally hilly with a steady climb to the Hardy monument near Dorchester and unrivalled views across four counties.

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  • Dorset

    Dorset picto itineraire[75 km]

    Weymouth > Dorchester > Wool > Corfe Castle > Poole
    • Intermediate from Weymouth to Dorchester and from Dorchester to Wool and from Wool to Corfe Castle and from Corfe Castle to Poole

    This section traverses idyllic Dorset countryside immortalised in many of Thomas Hardy’s novels: dramatic coastlines, across Purbeck’s heathland and into the huge natural harbour of Poole, with its fine sandy beaches. History comes alive as you pass Iron Age forts, and ancient landscapes that reveal layers of human occupation.

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