William the Conqueror's route

This superb marked route is based on the gallop of William the Conqueror. In 1046, whilst being pursued by the barons of Normandy, the future king of England managed to ride from Valognes to Falaise in less than a day. Today this 130 mile route begins at the bay of Veys (Géfosse-Fontenay), crosses the landscapes of the Bessin, from Normandy’s characteristic ‘bocage’ landscape to Suisse Normande for a grand arrival at the Chateau of Falaise.

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This superb marked route is based on the gallop of William the Conqueror.

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A 130 miles route based on the gallop of William the Conqueror

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Not to be missed

  • Bayeux boasts a fabulous historic centre as well as its world-famous, UNESCO-listed tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England in 1066.
  • ‘Norman Switzerland’ is not a mountainous area, but a delightful, steep, wildish stretch around the Orne Valley south of Caen.
  • 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.