Two routes in one along the Channel !
The Tour de Manche
From 22nd June 2013, the Tour de Manche offers a unique adventure over more than 1200km of varied coastal countryside, taking you from one side of the Channel to the other. Going at your own pace, you have the chance to take the time to discover natural locations of exceptional beauty and interest - such as Morlaix Bay, the ‘Pink Granite’ Coast, Mont Saint Michel Bay, the Jurassic Coast and Dartmoor National Park.
Following a section of EuroVelo route 4 (EV4) along the coast, this itinerary, with its varied landscape, combines a physical challenge with ample opportunity for contemplation. Secure and fully waymarked, it alternates shared country roads with greenways.
The Petit Tour de Manche
The Petit Tour de Manche (450km) offers you a taster of its ‘big brother’ with a visit to two exceptional locations classed as UNESCO World Heritage sites: Mont St Michel in Normandy and the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, as well as the opportunity to visit the historic Normandy landing beaches.
And, to top it all off, it gives you the chance to visit the magnificent Chesil Beach and the island of Jersey, where French and British cultures blend harmoniously to create an enchanting atmosphere.
The ferry linking Weymouth to Jersey is currently suspended. The Jersey-Poole connection is operational throughout the whole year.
With South West Trains you can carry your bike in the train from Weymouth to Poole.
It is also possible to carry folding bicycles on the Jurassic Coaster X55 Bus Service Weymouth - Poole.
Possible alternative: Boat connection Jersey Barneville-Carteret, then connection to bike (26 km) to find the route to la Haye-du-Puits in the department of "La Manche". Download link Barneville-La-Haye-du-Puits
The Petit Tour de Manche and The Tour de Manche were signposted in both directions and on both sides of the Manche :
|Petit Tour de Manche||Tour de Manche|
- In France The Tour de Manche crosses 2 regions : Brittany and Lower Normandy and 5 departments : La Manche, Le Calvados, L’Ille et Vilaine, Les Côtes d’Armor and Le Finistère
- In south west England he crosses 2 counties : Dorset and Devon
On this website you will find a very detailed description of the route on each of the stage maps.
The Petit Tour de Manche currently detailed on this website is 455kms long.
There are now an additional seven sections from St-Malo to Roscoff and Weymouth to Plymouth, making up the 1,200km Tour de Manche. This alternative circuit crosses both sides of the Channel.
Tour de Manche
Of which greenways
Main towns - stages
|Cherbourg > Carentan||79 km||56 km||Cherbourg, Bricquebec, La Haye du Puits, Baupte, Carentan|
Carentan > La Ferrière-Harang
|95 km||49 km||Carentan, St-Lô, Condé-sur-Vire, Pont-Farcy, La Ferrière-Harang|
|La Ferrière-Harang > Mortain||61 km||43 km||La Ferrière-Harang, Vire, Sourdeval, Mortain|
|Le Bocage Mortainais||34 km||34 km||Mortain, Saint Hilaire du Harcouët, Ducey|
|La baie du Mont-Saint-Michel||31 km||8 km||Ducey, Pontaubault, le Mont-Saint-Michel|
|Le Mont-Saint-Michel > St-Malo||68 km||19 km||le Mont-Saint-Michel, Cancale, St-Malo|
|Jersey||12 km||11 km||St Helier, St Aubin|
|Dorset||75 km||27 km||Weymouth, Dorchester, Wool, Corfe Castle, Poole|
TOTAL (without links)
Petit Tour de Manche
|455 km||247 km|
|St-Malo > St-Brieuc||100 km||26 km||St-Malo, Erquy, St-Brieuc|
|St-Brieuc > Paimpol||59 km||6 km||St-Brieuc, Plouha, Paimpol|
|Paimpol > Lannion||81 km||11 km||Paimpol, Perros-Guirec, Lannion|
|Lannion > Morlaix||69 km||4 km||Lannion, Plestin-les-Grèves, Morlaix|
|Morlaix > Roscoff||31 km||1 km||Morlaix, Roscoff|
|Plymouth > Okehampton||67 km||38 km||Plymouth, Tavistock, Okehampton|
|Okehampton > Axminster||101 km||23 km||Okehampton, Exeter, Sidmouth, Axminster|
|Axminster > Dorchester||56 km||3 km||Axminster, Bridport, Dorchester|
TOTAL (without links)
Tour de Manche
|1019 km||359 km|