All highlights of the route
Normandy is home to two French National Studs, and the one just outside Saint-Lô, built in 1806 on the orders of Napoleon to support his campaigns, is dedicated to breeding Selle Francais (the French warmblood horse), Percheron and the Norman Cob.
Work commenced on what is now the world’s largest artificial harbour in 1783, and it has steadily grown since - serving first merchant ships then acting as a strategic naval stronghold.
Millions of years of erosion have left a massive granite outcrop, upon which stands the ancient citadel and abbey of Mont St Michel.
Just south of Saint Lo, the rocks form a near 100 metre precipitous wall above the river.
At the hillside town of Mortain, the River Cance slices through rocky gorges down to the wooded basin of the Sélune river, creating the two spectacular sets of waterfalls with scenic walks and picnic spots alongside.
The westernmost tip of the Bay is a ragged, jagged headland with superb views out to the scattered handful of islands making up the Îles Chausey and a closer island that is a haven for seabirds.
St Malo has had to defend itself many times over the centuries, and the massive granite walls contain an inner city (La Ville Intra-Muros) that – despite being 90% destroyed during the war, has been faithfully restored.
Mont St Michel is a World Heritage site, rightly described as ‘The Wonder of the West’ and an ‘artistic tour de force’ as it soars out of the sea towards the heavens.
The jewel in Purbeck’s crown, visitors flock to see this imposing hilltop fortification. Commissioned by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it’s one of England’s most magnificent stone castles
Few Dorset villages can be more photogenic than Abbotsbury, with its thatched cottages, abbey barn, chapel, world-famous swannery and sub-tropical gardens.
For more than 100 years Corbiere lighthouse has warned approaching ships to steer clear of Jersey’s treacherous western coast. Its light can be seen up to 28 kms away.