Black Cow Cliffs – Houlgate side



Falaises des vaches noires
A. Guérin
Falaises des vaches noires
T. Houyel
Falaises des vaches noires à l’automne
T. Houyel

At the foot of the cliffs, the shape of the dark seaweed-covered rocks is reminiscent of that of a herd of cows. Hence the original name given to these cliffs.
The site has been listed by the French Ministry for the Environment and offers a rich geological and archaeological heritage.

At low tide, the shore below the cliffs is accessible to walkers from the beach at Houlgate and as far as Villers-sur-Mer (walk approximately 2 hours).

The Association Géo-Paléo-Archéologique proposes discovery walking tours of 2 and a half to 3 hours along the Black Cow Cliff shoreline. The perfect opportunity to discover this listed site of genuine scientific and landscaping interest, and to learn how to gather and recognise fossils. You can consult outing dates on the calendar of events.
Rates: €5, €2 for children aged under 12 years, free of charge for children aged under 6 years. Book mandatory at the Tourist Office Limited numbers for each outing.



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