The Vélo Francette links Ouistreham to La Rochelle passing through three regions: Normandy, the Pays de la Loire and Poitou-Charentes, so as to provide connections with the other major routes in Western France: the Véloscenic', the Loire by bike and Vélodyssée.
For the section in Normandy, the route crosses the Calvados county leaving the seaside resort of Ouistreham, through Caen and following the Orne Valley in 'Swiss Normandy'. The adventure continues towards Flers and Domfront leaving the Orne county.
A tremendously imposing medieval castle still dominates the town of Falaise. It acts as a reminder that this was the birthplace of the fearsome William the Conqueror, although the fortifications you now see date from after his time.