Hiking

With nearly 2,000 miles of long-distance hiking trails to choose from, together with a wide network of planned itineraries in every possible type of environment, walkers in Normandy have the world literally at their feet.

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Cliffs, beaches, changing landscapes...

Rambling and hiking are popular pastimes in Normandy where hundreds of miles of hiking and recreational trails are provided, supported by an excellent infrastructure which enables people to explore the countryside at their leisure. Numerous footpaths wind through changing landscapes, criss-crossing the region, and meeting up with other tracks such as the numbered "GR" or Grande Randonnée routes which link Normandy with the rest of France and Europe. Suggested itineraries can be found in Tourist Offices.

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Some suggestions...

> In the Eure region, discover walks which appeal to your current mood, in the chapter walking and hiking (French).

> In the Manche, discover the natural riches of this "hiker's paradise" : whether you are a walker, ride a mountain-bike or a horse, or prefer a canoe, you will find all the information you need on Manche Tourisme's dedicated hiking page.

> In the Calvados you also have a wide choice of walking tours.

> Looking for a good breath of fresh air ? Head for the Orne Region for walks which are as instructive as they are revitalising.

> The Seine-Maritime offers good walking opportunities too.