Reader Q&A - Maps for cycling the D-Day beaches of Normandy

Published by Lyn on 18 August 2013

Jim emailed from the States to ask about maps for cycling the D-Day beaches of Normandy.

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Question:

Hi,
 
I'm planning a cycle touring trip (from the USA) of the D-Day Invasion beach sites and nearby towns of Normandy. Probably doing day rides from a hotel in Bayeux. I'm wondering about the availability of any cycle touring maps of the Normandy Beaches area?
 
Thanks,
Jim.

Answer:

Bonsoir Jim

** UPDATE January 2014 **
We now have this comprehensive article on cycling the D-Day beaches. We also have this article on the route that carries through to Mont St Michel from the Landing Beaches.
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I'd recommend checking out the local tourist website, as it has downloadable maps of some of the areas you'll be riding.

Michelin has a map of all of Normandy, as well as a combined Manche and Calvados map. IGN also has detailed regional maps. 

Click here for a respected leading battlefields map to Normandy (can be used as a guide for cycling too).
Click here for the companion guide to the area.
Click here for Michelin's map of the beaches as they were in 1944 - makes an interesting comparison and it's easy to carry.

Click here and here for our articles with general Normandy cycling information and links.

I hope that helps!

Do drop me a line back if I can help further.

Cheers,
Lyn.

Jim responds:

Wow, what a goldmine of links. I can see I'm going to be busy on Amazon getting prepared. One thing Lance Armstrong and I share is a love of good cycling maps. You should see my filing cabinets.
 
If I later need help deciphering the train schedule from CDG to Paris to Bayeux at least I now know where I can turn for help.
 
Take care,
Jim.

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