Updated on 25 June 2020
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Normandy has a long and rich religious heritage, enshrined in its abbeys, monasteries and churches scattered around the region. The Norman abbeys trail is a 155km equestrian journey from Cerisy-la-Forêt to the Mont-Saint-Michel, the world’s most iconic medieval abbey.
Normandy’s Manche département is horse country, and riding is a great way to see its diverse landscapes. For some, following this scenic equestrian route simply means horse-riding through the beautiful countryside and quaint villages while discovering the impressive jewels of Normandy’s religious architecture. For others, it is a pilgrimage route enabling horse-riders to follow in the historic footsteps of monks as they settled and travelled to the Norman, Cistercian and Benedictine abbeys in the area.
Saddle up for a unique horseback adventure linking some wonderful historic abbeys. Step back in time as you explore the different stages of the area’s religious history. On the way, make a stop at the Saint-Lô National Stud, the largest national stud in France. Take in the exceptional panorama views of the Vire Valley from the Roches de Ham viewpoint, cross meandering streams and venture out with a professional guide across the Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the medieval marvel.
The trail in five stages
Stage 1: Cerisy-La-Forêt – Saint-Fromond
Stage 2: Saint-Fromond – Brectouville
Stage 3: Brectouville – Abbaye d’Hambye