The Hills & Wonders
of the Suisse Normande
Stage 1 : Vire
Capital of the Vire bocage, situated at the top of a promontory and surrounded by green valleys, this town is perfumed with the scent of smoked andouille, a local speciality. Don’t miss the town’s iconic monument – the Porte Horloge.
Founded in Frênes by Pierre Garnier in 1877, the Calvados Garnier distillery is family-owned. Nicolas is now at the helm of this distillery that has been making Calvados in the traditional manner for over 140 years.
Stage 2 : The Mont de Cerisy
Culminating at an altitude of 264 metres, this 100-hectare, forest-covered massif dominates the landscape offering a panoramic view of the surrounding bocage. Right next door, the Monnerie distillery is open to visitors.
Stage 3 : The Suisse Normande
Climb up La Roche d’Oëtre, one of the most impressive natural lookouts in the west of France. If you prefer water sports, check out Pont d’Ouilly, one of the most popular “stations vertes” (nature and sports resort) in the area.
Only a short distance away, in Clécy, there are many other ways to enjoy the countryside: hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, paragliding… We love the Via Ferrata, a 250-metre trail that is a combination of hiking, climbing and adventure, constructed along the cliffs overlooking the Orne valley.
Stage 4 : Rochers de la Houle
The Orne flows around the foot of some very steep rocks, dominated by one known as Pain de Sucre (sugarloaf). The “Route des Crêtes” along the summits offers superb panoramic views of the Suisse Normande and is perfect for paragliding and hang-gliding enthusiasts.
Stage 5 : Thury-Harcourt
To admire the “Omega”, the Le Hom loop, you will have to climb a little higher. If you take the hiking trails, you will be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view.