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

[ Cycle routes Tour de Manche ]
  • 94.7 km

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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The 5 stages of the section « Carentan > La Ferrière-Harang (viaduc de la Souleuvre) »

  • Carentan / St-Jean-de-Daye

    Carentan / St-Jean-de-Daye [25 km]

    During this stretch of your journey you move from the lower lying wetlands, with their characteristic network of channels and canals, through to the hedged pastures that are home to many of the stud farms that make this part of France the centre of the racehorse industry– watch out for signs to the local ‘hippodromes’.

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  • St-Jean-de-Daye / St-Lo

    St-Jean-de-Daye / St-Lo [23.1 km]

    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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  • St-Lô / Condé-sur-Vire

    St-Lô / Condé-sur-Vire [12.1 km]

    The short distance to Conde-sur-Vire takes you through some of the most picturesque parts of the valley - with hedgerows full of wild flowers, and sheep, horses and cattle grazing in peaceful pastures as you wind your way along. There are also plenty of tempting bars and creperies to sample local delicacies!

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  • Condé-sur-Vire / Pont-Farcy

    Condé-sur-Vire / Pont-Farcy [19.5 km]

    Following the Vire Valley your route then winds through rural villages and pretty hamlets to the mediaeval town of Tessy-sur-Vire, which has some fine granite buildings. En route, look out for a rocky outcrop called ‘Les Roches de Ham’ dominating the valley - some 100 metres high, and offering spectacular views.

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  • Pont-Farcy / La Ferrière-Harang

    Pont-Farcy / La Ferrière-Harang [15 km]

    Pont Farcy, now bypassed from the main road, is a modestly built village but one with a long and proud history: it has its origins in Gallo-Roman times and it has long been an important inland port (some 100km from the coast) and a crossing place over the Vire – notably for those making pilgrimages to Mont St Michel.

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