Backroad Discovery – Normandy & Brittany self-guided cycling holidays.
Normandy is a land of apples, cheese, cream, butter and seafood. Its rich history has produced Mont St Michel, the Bayeux tapestry, Belle Epoque beach resorts and the D-Day landing beaches. Cut by the River Seine, it’s a landscape of rolling farmland and open plains interspersed with woodland and divided by hedges; all combining into great cycling country.
- Bayeux to St Malo – 8 nights. Moderate-plus terrain. Linear route starting with two nights in Bayeux, then cycling through lush rolling countryside, largely on cycle trails to St Malo. Highlights include the famous tapestry, the D-Day landing beaches, Le Mont St Michel and the ‘pirate’ town of St Malo.
- Rambouillet to Mont St Michel – 9 nights. Moderate-plus terrain. Linear route cycling from Ile de France to the coast; an extended version of the above route. Starting from the former royal hunting lodge at Rambouillet, the route winds through forest to Chartres, then past meadows, forest and manor houses, largely on cycle trails, to Alencon and on to the magnificent Mont St Michel.
Brittany is known for its rugged, dramatic coastline, fishing, beach resorts, regattas and shellfish, but inland there is a relatively hidden world of plain and plateau, field and forest divided by dry-stone walls and pollarded oaks trees, which beckons the cyclist.
- Rennes to St Malo – 6 nights. Easy terrain. Linear route cycling from Rennes to Saint Malo with an optional extra night in Dinan. Discover the peaceful hinterland of Brittany following a rarely used canal up to its summit and then down to the medieval town of Dinan on the stunning Rance Estuary. A short ferry takes you into St Malo for a 3 night stay with the choice of excursions by bike, or boat.
- NEW – Normandy Beaches – 5 nights. Moderate-plus terrain. Lush pastures, half-timbered houses, pretty villages, butter-rich cuisine, orchards, calvados (apple brandy), the Cote Fleurie and the WW2 landing beaches. The route starts in Bayeux and goes to Honfleur.
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