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La Vélo Francette from Caen to Thury-Harcourt

[ Cycle routes La Vélo Francette - From Normandy to the Atlantic by bike ] [ La Vélo Francette, the Orne valley by bike from Ouistreham to Domfront ]
  • 29.2 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

Once you’ve gone round Caen’s marina, explore the city via its ‘green lungs’, notably the racecourse and a special Espace Naturel Sensible, an environmentally protected area. Continue south beside the Orne River, taking the greenway into La Suisse Normande’s hills. This portion runs along a former railway line, offering an exceptionally peaceful route, a delight for nature lovers.

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The route
This stage is easy, entirely on a greenway beside the Orne River as you head south from Caen’s racecourse.

Tourist Offices
Caen Tourist Office
Place Saint Pierre
14000 CAEN
+33 (0)2 31 27 14 14

La Suisse Normande Tourist Office
2 Place Saint Sauveur
+33 (0)2 31 79 70 45

SNCF Train Services
Caen train station
Trains on the major Intercités route linking Paris Saint-Lazare - Cherbourg
Trains on the major Intercités route linking Caen - Le Mans -Tours
Regional TER trains that allow you to carry your bike on board, serving Rennes, Rouen, Saint-Lô, Coutances, Lisieux, Alençon


Caen: Sunday mornings, Place Courtonne / Friday mornings, Place Saint-Sauveur
Thury-Harcourt: Tuesday mornings, Place de la Mairie


Don’t miss
Caen: the medieval charm of the Le Vaugeux Quarter with its timber-frame houses; the views across town from the castle with its fine regional museums; the Mémorial de Caen, a museum dedicated to both war and peace.

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