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Tourist trails

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Many landscaped or gourmet tourist trails meander their way through Calvados: the ideal way to visit and to relish in Normandy's many delights.

You'll be spoilt for choice among Normandy's many treasures:

  • The cider Route and its gourmet pleasures
  • The Suisse Normande route, for outdoor enthusiasts
  • The Vire Gorges Route with its breathtaking panoramic views
  • and many other itineraries, routes, discoveries...
Country road in Calvados
Country road in Calvados © Calvados Tourisme

The Cider Route

Glasses of Normandy cider
Glasses of Normandy cider

The Cider Route, to the east of Caen, is a 40km (25-mile) marked tourist trail throughout the picturesque area of the Pays d'Auge.

The Cidre Route ›

The Suisse Normande Route

Panoramic view of Suisse Normande
Panoramic view of Suisse Normande

Located to the south of Caen, the Suisse Normande Route is a marked 65km (40-mile) tourist trail that runs along the River Orne.

The Suisse Normande Route ›

The Vire Gorges Route

The Bion grotto in Sainte Marie Outre l'Eau on the Vire Gorges Route
The Bion grotto in Sainte Marie Outre l'Eau on the Vire Gorges Route

Discover the magnificent panoramas of the Normandy Bocage.

The Vire Gorges Route ›

Other interesting routes

The tourist train in front of Bayeux's Notre Dame cathedral
The tourist train in front of Bayeux's Notre Dame cathedral © OTI Bayeux - G. Waitrale N

A number of other routes offer you a fascinating look at what Calvados has to offer:

  • Tourist trains or horse-drawn carriages take you on a guided tour of our towns.
  • And why not take place inside a vintage car for a tour steeped in tradition.
  • Or head for the D-Day Landing beaches aboard a minibus.
  • Many an escapade awaits you among the vast range of excursions and guided tours on offer throughout Calvados.

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A. J. Hackett

LA FERRIERE-HARANG

Built according to plans by Gustave Eiffel, the rail bridge over the river formerly linked the towns of Vire and Caen. Only the metal roadway was destroyed, the piers are intact. A new suspended footbridge serves as a platform for bungy jumping and the giant zip-line. A comprehensive 1h30 adventure trail is also available on the site. Open every day from late June to mid September and on weekends from mid March to late November. A third activity now enhances our "sensational" offer: the Swing, a pendular jump. A new suspended bridge is used as a platform for bungee jumping, a giant zip-line and swing jump. A fourth activity now enhances our offer: Top Swing, from a height of 200 feet.

A. J. Hackett
Viaduc de la Souleuvre , 14350 LA FERRIERE-HARANG
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 66 31 66

 

Aqua Sud

THURY-HARCOURT

Reduced mobilityMental disability

Aqua Sud is a recreational pool and a leisure centre located in the heart of the wooded valley of Traspy. Restored in 2010, Aqua Sud offers pleasant curvilinear pools, giant 45 metre slide, waterfalls and games, sports pool, jaccuzzi, counter-current swimming, sauna, steam bath, and also aquatic activities.

Aqua Sud
Route de Caen , 14220 THURY-HARCOURT
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 79 03 18

 

Association APAR

SAINT-LAMBERT

From the Moulin du Fay in Saint-Lambert, in the company of your donkey, take off for a half-day or full-day stroll and discover Suisse Normande's beautiful undulating landscapes and local curiosities. You will cross tiny streams and woodlands to discover Suisse Normande's many hidden treasures. Outstanding views await you at Culey le Patry, Cauville and Saint-Lambert. Small nature campsite on site.

Association APAR
Le moulin du Fay , 14570 SAINT-LAMBERT

 

Atelier de l'Ancienne Poste

BEUVRON-EN-AUGE

Drawing, sculpture, painting, work on movement, animals, nudes, dance.

Atelier de l'Ancienne Poste
Mina Fotouhi , 14430 BEUVRON-EN-AUGE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 86 01 87

 

Atelier Jean Salou

CAMBREMER

The watercolour artist, Jean Salou paints live scenes: dancers, musicians, beach scenes, horses...

Atelier Jean Salou
3980 hameau d'Englesqueville , 14340 CAMBREMER
Telephone : 33 (0)6 47 40 52 27

 

Au Beau Rivage canoë kayak

CLECY

BEAU RIVAGE welcomes you the small town of Clécy - capital of Suisse Normande in Calvados, Normandy. BEAU RIVAGE offers a range of activities: Canoeing or kayaking down the river (Orne): hire a canoe or a kayak for a stimulating 7 to 28km adventure, in the heart of nature's best between Pont d'Ouilly and Thury Harcourt. Transport is provided to your departure point. On the waterway: canoe and kayak hire, pedal boats, rowing boats or electric boats. On your way, you will approach the Clécy viaduct and former railway line. Snack service available

Au Beau Rivage canoë kayak
La Cambronnerie , 14570 CLECY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 79 73

 

Au Fil de l'Eau
, 14570 CLECY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 71 13

 

Au Relais du Grand Camp

CLECY

The Relais du Grandcamp (group self-catering accommodation) proposes canoeing-kayak and other activities such as archery or hiking... Discover Suisse Normande along the banks of the Orne! In the heart of this undulating landscape where nature has been preserved, discover the pleasures of a tour aboard a two-seat canoe, or a one-seat kayak, for one or two hours – or why not take a half or a whole day to paddle down the river (return trip by minibus).

Au Relais du Grand Camp
Le Vieux Grandcamp , 14570 CLECY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 69 06

 

Base de Plein Air de Pont-d'Ouilly

PONT-D'OUILLY

In the heart of Suisse Normande, a natural and preserved area, the Pont-d'Ouilly canoeing club welcomes you for an initiation to the joys of canoeing-kayaking, offering you training and shared thrills. Canoe polo, river descent, slalom, waveski, paddle school... The Pont d'Ouilly open air base proposes a "Pass Duo Aventure" pass. A half day spent on the treetop adventure trail + a half day canoeing-kayaking. 3-star certified paddle school by the FFCK (French Canoeing-Kayaking Federation). Affiliated club. 3-star French Canoeing-Kayaking School.

Base de Plein Air de Pont-d'Ouilly
Foyer Rural Rue du Stade René Vallée , 14690 PONT-D'OUILLY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 86 02

 

Calvados Dupont

VICTOT-PONTFOL

Cider farmer and cider triple fermentation production (Colette and Reserve vintages), calvados, pommeau, calvados cream, givre (apple wine).

Calvados Dupont
Domaine Familial Louis Dupont RD16 , 14430 VICTOT-PONTFOL
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 63 24 24

 

Calvados Pierre Huet

CAMBREMER

From 2011, a new distillery and a new welcome space. In a typically Augeron setting, visit this small-scale family cellar, established in 1865 and producing cider, calvados, pommeau, poiré (perry), apple juice...

Calvados Pierre Huet
Manoir la Brière des Fontaines 5 avenue des Tilleuls , 14340 CAMBREMER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 63 01 09

 

CAPA'Venture

CLECY

Located in the heart of Suisse Normande, Capa'Venture offers a variety of outdoor activities supervised by State-qualified instructors. Adventure trail, climbing, archery, abseiling down the viaduct, accro-jump, canoe-kayak hire, half or full-day raids.

CAPA'Venture
La faverie , 14570 CLECY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 11 68

 

Caves du Manoir de Grandouet

CAMBREMER

Production of cider, calvados and pommeau. 16th century half-timbered cellar and cider press. Guided tour in French lasts 30 minutes - video in French.

Caves du Manoir de Grandouet
Grandouet , 14340 CAMBREMER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 63 08 73

 

Centre Equestre de la Souleuvre
La Gare , 14350 CARVILLE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 67 77 34

 

Chapelle de Clermont

BEUVRON-EN-AUGE

Accessible via a magnificent beech forest with several hundred-year-old trees.

Chapelle de Clermont
, 14430 BEUVRON-EN-AUGE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 79 23 31

 

Chapelle Notre-Dame de Bonne Nouvelle

ESSON

Of Romanesque origin, almost entirely rebuilt during the 19th century, the chapel is located on a headland offering remarkable panoramic views.

Chapelle Notre-Dame de Bonne Nouvelle
, 14220 ESSON
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 79 45 13

 

Chapelle Saint-Roch

PONT-D'OUILLY

Located on the former road to Brittany, the chapel's roof is in the form of a ship's keel and is adorned with frescos relating the life of Saint Roch.

Chapelle Saint-Roch
St Mars d'Ouilly , 14690 PONT-D'OUILLY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 90 17 26

 

Château de Crèvecoeur

CREVECOEUR-EN-AUGE

Located between Caen and Lisieux, the Château de Crèvecoeur-en-Auge is a perfectly preserved medieval site. Come and discover 10 centuries of history in one of Normandy's oldest castle enclosures.

Château de Crèvecoeur
Fondation Schlumberger , 14340 CREVECOEUR-EN-AUGE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 63 02 45

 

Chemin de Fer Miniature

CLECY

Discover one of the largest HO scale (1/87) miniature railways in Europe in the heart of Suisse Normande.

Chemin de Fer Miniature
Les Fours à Chaux Rue d'Ermington , 14570 CLECY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 07 13

 

Cidre de Cambremer Gérard Desvoye

BEAUFOUR-DRUVAL

Production of calvados, pommeau, cider and poiré (perry).

Cidre de Cambremer Gérard Desvoye
Le Lieu Gris Saint-Aubin-Lebizay , 14340 BEAUFOUR-DRUVAL
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 65 11 94

 

Domaine de Pontécoulant

PONTECOULANT

A stone's throw from Condé-sur-Noireau, nestling in the heart of the Druance valley, the Castle of Pontécoulant is reminiscent of the life of the noble Norman family, the Le Doulcet de Pontécoulant, resident here since the 14th Century.

Domaine de Pontécoulant
Château , 14110 PONTECOULANT
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 62 54

 

Espace Aquatique

CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU

The recreational aquatic centre of Condé-sur-Noireau, it is 3 different pools, a giant waterslide and water games within a 10 hectare park with fitness trail and pond, tennis courts and petanque.

Espace Aquatique
Route de Vire , 14110 CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 02 93

 

Espace Musée Charles Léandre

CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU

The Charles Léandre museum continues to charm visitors thanks to the originality of its museographic presentations.

Espace Musée Charles Léandre
9/11 rue Saint-Martin , 14110 CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 41 16

 

Ferme du Hutrel

CAMPEAUX

Typical Norman dairy farm, guided and themed tours.

Ferme du Hutrel
Le Hutrel , 14350 CAMPEAUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 68 66 74

 

Ferme du Mesnil

LA POMMERAYE

Nestling in the heart of Suisse Normande, our riding centre covers a surface area of 45ha and is the ideal base for a number of Normandy's finest trekking routes. A 40x20m indoor ring, a varied terrain trail, certified for outdoor Galop 7 level, a club house..., the Ferme du Mesnil offers a pleasant medley of conviviality, advanced equestrian skills and a genuine passion for horses and riding.Half-day courses on farriery, harnessing repair, saddlery and initiation or in-depth study of cartography and orienteering. For all levels.

Ferme du Mesnil
Le Mesnil , 14690 LA POMMERAYE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 40 94

 

Ferme manoir du Champ Versant

BONNEBOSQ

This traditional farmhouse of typical half-timbered construction offers outside visits and explanations on rural Pays d'Auge architecture (16th century manor house, bakery, coach house, sheepfold, wash house, distilling room...).

Ferme manoir du Champ Versant
, 14340 BONNEBOSQ
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 65 11 07

 

Golf de Clécy

CLECY

Considered by the press as being one of France's finest natural golf courses, designed by Bill Backer, the 6kms of fairway at the Clécy golf course are sure to plunge you into perfect osmosis with nature. Located 30km from Caen, 2 and a half hours from Paris, the manor also offers many a cosy room to accommodate you. A warm welcome to the Clécy golf course!

Golf de Clécy
Manoir de Cantelou , 14570 CLECY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 72 72

 

Kayak club Thury-Harcourt (KCTH)

THURY-HARCOURT

3-star FFCK (French Canoeing-Kayaking Federation) affiliated club. French Canoeing-Kayaking School. In the heart of Suisse Normande, this kayak club welcomes you all year round to discover and initiate yourself to canoeing-kayaking, mountain biking and archery. On the riverside, a large capacity self-catering holiday home, campsite on the waterfront and a youth centre located near the kayak base are all waiting to welcome you. A multitude of activities to highlight your holiday, such as the aquatic centre, skate park, cinema... Exceptional mountain biking routes nearby within an FFC (French Cycling Federation) certified site, together with many walking routes. Canoe and kayak hire.

Kayak club Thury-Harcourt (KCTH)
22 Impasse des Lavandières , 14220 THURY-HARCOURT
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 79 40 59

 

La Cave de la Loterie

CLECY

The Cave de la Loterie, Cidrerie de la Suisse Normande is a farm-based organic cider-maker.

La Cave de la Loterie
Cidrerie de la Suisse Normande La Loterie , 14570 CLECY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 74 38

 

La Guinguette à Tartine

CLECY

In a truly natural environment, the Guinguette à Tartine restaurant offers a range of simple yet varied dishes, the speciality being, of course, open sandwiches... And to prolong your pleasure and discover the many other treasures Suisse Normande has in store, the Guinguette à Tartine also offers a canoe and kayak hire service.

La Guinguette à Tartine
Pont du Vey , 14570 CLECY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 89 38

 

La Potinière
, 14570 CLECY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 76 75

 

Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge et leur Ecomusée

CAMBREMER

The Jardins du Pays d'Auge gardens and eco-museum in Cambremer offer a verdant setting to fittingly illustrate Normandy's fine architecture.

Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge et leur Ecomusée
Avenue des Tilleuls , 14340 CAMBREMER

 

Les Rochers des Parcs

LE VEY

This emblematic Suisse Normande site is well known for its rocky escarpments and can be visited from below, along the banks of the Orne, or from above, along the pathway that overlooks the cliff.

Les Rochers des Parcs
, 14570 LE VEY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 79 95

 

Les Vergers d'Auvillars

AUVILLARS

Cellar located on the cider route picturesque area of the Pays d'Auge.

Les Vergers d'Auvillars
, 14340 AUVILLARS

 

Musée de l'imprimerie typographique
Corlet numérique ZA Charles Tellier , 14110 CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 59 20 67

 

Musée Hardy

CLECY

André Hardy is an artist who explores everything with delight, and in his studio you can admire the diversity of his creations.

Musée Hardy
Place du Tripot , 14570 CLECY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 79 95

 

Office de Tourisme de la Communauté de Communes de Cambremer
16 Rue Pasteur , 14340 CAMBREMER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 63 08 87

 

Office de Tourisme du Pays de Condé et de la Druance
9/11 rue Saint-Martin BP 28 , 14110 CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 27 64

 

Office de Tourisme de la Suisse Normande
2 place Saint Sauveur , 14220 THURY-HARCOURT
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 79 70 45

 

Parc Municipal de Condé sur Noireau

CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU

10 hectare park with 5 tennis courts (one indoor, call 02 31 69 02 93 to book). Boules Lyonnaises and petanque ground. Fitness trail, childrens play area, music kiosk, walks. 1.5 hectare pond (fishing prohibited, fishing competitions throughout the year, contact the Mairie (town hall) at 02 31 59 15 50. Free access.

Parc Municipal de Condé sur Noireau
, 14110 CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 59 15 50

 

Plaine Altitude

SAINT-OMER

Plaine Altitude is an FFVL (French Free Flying Federation) certified paragliding school offering courses, equipment and first flights. First flights are organised in the company of a State-qualified instructor perfectly at ease in transmitting his or her great passion for the activity, whilst guaranteeing utmost security. Just call to book. 3 offers to choose from: 'Découverte': calm and contemplative, lasts 10 minutes; 'XL Pilotage': longer, higher and including piloting skills; 'Sensations': with acrobatics, for those looking for a real thrill.

Plaine Altitude
Le Bourg , 14220 SAINT-OMER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 39 31

 

Rochers de la Houle

SAINT-OMER

The River Orne runs alongside the abrupt crags, dominated by a rock referred to as the Pain de Sucre (literally sugar bread), at the extremity of the La Houle rocks with which it forms the "Route des Crêtes" (the Crest Route).

Rochers de la Houle
, 14220 SAINT-OMER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 79 70 45

 

Route de la Suisse Normande
, 14220 THURY-HARCOURT

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Route du cidre

CAMBREMER

Route du cidre
, 14340 CAMBREMER

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Routes des Gorges de la Vire
, 14380 PONT-FARCY

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Station Service Taxi

PONT-D'OUILLY

Mountain bike hire.

Station Service Taxi
3 place Charles de Gaulle , 14690 PONT-D'OUILLY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 80 35

 

Vélorail de Pont-Erambourg

SAINT PIERRE DU REGARD

Come and enjoy an exhilarating day out with friends or the family on Suisse Normande's railway tracks! The meeting point is at Pont Erambourg, at the "Gouttes" tunnel (near Pont d'Ouilly, less than 2 miles from Condé-sur-Noireau). The 8-mile return rail biking circuit takes around 1 hour 45 minutes.Before or after your cycle, you can visit the museum area which presents the rail bike circuit. Information panels are also dotted along your route. Reservation, exclusively by phone, is recommended.

Vélorail de Pont-Erambourg
Gare de Pont-Erambourg , 61790 SAINT PIERRE DU REGARD
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 39 30

 

Vélorail du Pont du Coudray

CLINCHAMPS-SUR-ORNE

Looking for an original outing for the family or with friends? Take off for a rail bike ride from Val de Maizet to Pont de Brie, for a 6-mile return trip over 1 hour 45 minutes.The more athletic among you are sure to continue on to Thury-Harcourt over a 14-mile route for a total of 4 hours 15 minutes.Reservation, exclusively by phone, is recommended.

Vélorail du Pont du Coudray
Amayé-sur-Orne En face de l'ancienne gare de Mutrécy , 14320 CLINCHAMPS-SUR-ORNE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 06 05 06

 

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