Stage 1 : Beuzeville
On the edge of the Pays d’Auge, in Beuzeville, you will find Domaine de la Couterie, witness to 5 generations of producers/distillers since 1921.
Stage 2 : The Marais Vernier
Located in the heart of the Boucles de la Seine Natural Park, the Marais Vernier (5,000 ha) is classified as a European ecological interest area. This protected natural environment is populated by a rich and diverse fauna and flora.
Stage 3 : Routot
Continue on your route through the Roumois, the region that produces 80% of all French linen. In the first half of June, its fields tint the Eure landscape a lovely blue. At the Maison du Lin (House of Linen) ecomuseum, you can learn all about the history, uses and processing of this herbaceous plant.
In Routot, you can also pay a visit to the Maison du Père Tranquille. A maturer of fine Calvados, Père Tranquille purchases young Calvados from different terroirs which it then blends and ages.
Stage 4 : Le Bec-Hellouin
Classified as one of the prettiest villages in France, Le Bec Hellouin is a jewel in a verdant setting. Visit the majestic Notre-Dame Abbey founded in the 11th century or join a permaculture and eco-culture training day on the Ferme du Bec Hellouin (farm).
A few kilometres away, on the way to Rouen, call in at Domaine des Hauts Vents in Saint-Ouen du-Tilleul. On this 17th century estate, the Caboulet family has been making Calvados for three generations.
Stage 5 : Rouen
Famous throughout the world for its medieval heritage, Rouen boasts a surprising array of museums, exhibition venues, monuments and landmarks. As well as the Impressionists, Joan of Arc, Pierre Corneille and Gustave Flaubert, the capital of Normandy is home to a great number of lesser-known treasures.
Stage 6 : Lyons-la-Forêt
Around 40 kilometres from Rouen, in the heart of one of the loveliest beech forests in Europe, Lyons-la-Forêt is a blend of architecture, nature and “art de vivre”. Its numerous paths and trails are perfect for hiking, horse riding or mountain biking. Take the opportunity to visit Domaine de Merval in Brémontier-Merval. Located in the heart of the Pays de Bray, the estate extends over 120 hectares and includes a 17th-century château which is home to an agricultural college.
Not far from there, in the commune of Saint-Michel-d’Halescourt, you can also visit Domaine Duclos Fougeray, a cider works and distillery in an 18th-century farmstead typical of the Pays de Bray, a timeless setting in perfect harmony with nature.
Stage 7 : Forges-Les-Eaux
To round off the trip in style, head to the spa resort of Forges-les-Eaux, whose iron-rich waters have been renowned since the 15th century. Here you will find a number of walks, including the Avenue Verte on the old disused railway line that used to run between Dieppe and Paris.