Fancy cycling from Mont St Michel to the D-Day Landing Beaches? Andrew Sanger has this overview to get you started.
The Plages du débarquement–Mt St-Michel (Landing Beaches–Mont St Michel) route is made up of six trails from Utah Beach to Ste-Marie-du-Mont and another six from Gold Beach to Arromanches.
You can download the full brochures for these trails (which include maps) from the Normandy Tourism website, or see the official website info here.
We have a full overview of cycling the D-Day beaches themselves here, plus this Reader Q&A on links to books and maps that are useful for the D-Day Beaches.
From Mont St Michel, the recommended route to the D-Day Beaches follows minor roads and the pretty cycle track along the valley of the Vire. It then heads east into southern Normandy, then turns north to the village of La Ferrière-Harang. There, the route divides. One arm continues along the Vire river and canal cycle paths almost as far as the town of Carentan, where it connects with the road to Utah Beach.
The other arm travels on minor roads to Bayeux (which has a cycle by-pass – a nice touch) and on to Arromanches for Gold Beach, and the village of Port-en-Bessin at one end of Omaha Beach.
If going the other way, it's simple to join the cycle route at Arromanches, Port-en-Bessin or Carentan and follow it for about 150km through the Normandy countryside to Le Mont St Michel. For the last westerly stretch from near Mortain to Mont St Michel, the Landing Beaches coincides with La Véloscénie, the long-distance cycle route from Mont St Michel Bay to Notre Dame in the centre of Paris.
Getting there and away
Bike hire and accommodation for cycling in Normandy
See our Normandy bike hire listings here. For bike-friendly accommodation, zoom into our map below.
Self-guided cycling holidays in Normandy
A number of tour companies run organised tours – mostly self-guided bike tours – across Normandy and northern France. See our tours section for ideas and contact details.
Useful resources for seeing Normandy by bike
For information in cycling in the various departments of Normandy, see the following tourist board links:
* Calvados by bike
* Manche by bike
* Orne à vélo by bike (see also this link for cycle routes in Orne)
* Eure à vélo by bike
* Seine-Maritime by bike