Normandy – The Cotentin Coast

France, France

Holiday overview

Destination

France


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 569 pp


Duration

6 nights


The Norman Finistere, south of Cherbourg – 6 nights/5 days self-guided walking.

This ‘Norman Finistere’, just west and south of Cherbourg, conceals in the smallest hamlets and all along its coastline mossy houses, poetic little churches, shallow valleys fading into misty distances; a coastline sometimes marked by seemingly limited dunes and gleaming beaches reflecting the sky, sometimes by sharply defined granite outcrops.

 

Price:

£569 per person based on two people sharing. Single supplement: £115 Further supplement for person travelling alone £115

 

Included:

  • Accommodation in hotels 2** and 1* on half-board
  • Meal basis: Breakfast and dinner
  • Luggage transfer between overnight stops
  • Loan of route instructions with maps (one for up to 4 people)

 

Not Included:

  • Meals and transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks and lunches
  • Taxe de sejour (small local accommodation tax sometimes payable to hotels).

 

Departure Dates:

Departures every day from 15 April to late-October.

Day 1: Arrival at Urville-Nacqueville

Dinner in Urville-Nacqueville, stay there overnight.

 

Day 2: Urville-Nacqueville – Port Racine

Walk sometimes along the dunes, at others along fields, then a coastal path which wanders among the cliffs. Pass close to Millet’s birthplaceand follow little tracks and rocky creeks to Port Racine, the smallest port in France, where you will reach your hotel overlooking the sea.14 kms/8.75 miles. 4.5 hours approx.

 

Day 3: Port Racine – Biville

After Nez Bayard, walk to Goury (a port famous for sea rescues); then, walk beside the sea to reach Nez de Voidries. Views over Nez de Jobourg, an ornithological reserve, and, in clear weather, over the Channel Islands (Iles Anglo Normandes). From here the path zig-zags among the cliffs before a passage to Anse des Moulinets and to Herquemoulin. Then a coastal path to Vauville and on to the area of Biville.23 kms/14 miles. 6 to 7 hours.

 

Day 4: Biville – Les Pieux

Begin this stage overlooking the Biville dunes, before continuing to Clairefontaine and on to the port of Dielette. After Flamanville pass by the ancient hamlets of Le Courtois and La Coquaise. Rejoin the coastal path as it passes over the cliffs and zig-zags above the sea.

23kms/14 miles. 6 to 7 hours

 

Day 5: Les Pieux – Barneville

At low tide there is a possibility of shortening the route a little. Otherwise follow the coastal path via Rozel with its chateau and church. Continue to the Cape of Rozel and the statue of the Madonna of the Sailors. Then take the path, the track known as the Trompe Souris (followed by a passage over the dunes) before coming to Surtainville. Continue via the villages of Beaubigny and Hattainville to the Cape of Carteret and Barneville.

28kms/17.5 miles. 7 hours approx.

 

Day 6: Barneville – Denneville

Continue along the coastal path along the dunes. Pass Le Havre de Portbail via the old bridge with its thirteen arches and arrive at the foot of the 11th century church of Portbail. If the tide is going down you can make use of a bridge across the Gristo reach Lindberg-Plage (swimming beach so named because the famous aviator flew over it) and then Denneville.13.5 kms/8.4 miles. 3 to 4 hours

 

Day 7: Departure after breakfast.