The Orne is one of Normandy’s major rivers, flowing up from southern Normandy to join the Channel. Its source is at Aunou-sur-Orne, northeast of Ecouves Forest. The Orne flows along for 170km through the centre of Normandy. Starting at La Vélo Francette’s most northerly point, though, you follow the Orne upstream from its estuary for some way. From the port of Ouistreham to Caen, the river runs in a straight, canalized channel. To the south, between Thury-Harcourt and St-Philbert-sur-Orne, it meanders much more tortuously through the Suisse Normande hills. Beyond St-Philbert-sur-Orne, not much of a detour away from La Vélo Francette’s route, you can take a memorable boat trip out on Rabodanges Lake, set in remarkably unspoilt southern Norman countryside.
Val d’Orne, for boat trips out on Rabodanges Lake: +33 (0)2 33 39 30 30
La Suisse Normande Tourist Office, +33 (0)2 31 79 70 45, +33 (0)2 31 79 70 45
Explore the route along the Orne River