Major riding routes
Find out more about the four major riding routes through the varied landscapes of Normandy.
The National Stud Route
This riding route of 190 km, promises horse riders, whether beginners or experienced, a journey into the amazing universe of the horse. You’ll be fascinated by the national studs of Saint-Lô and Le Pin, as well as other essential attractions: Ham Rocks, the Souleuvre Viaduct, the chateau of Pontécoulant or La Roche d’Oëtre… A journey which unites the pleasures of riding with great sights and delicious flavours!
William the Conqueror’s Route
This 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 210 km route begins at the bay of Veys (Géfosse-Fontenay), crosses the landscapes of Bessin, from Normandy’s characteristic ‘bocage’ landscape to Suisse Normande for a grand arrival at the Chateau of Falaise.
The Abbey Route
Set off on a 155 km journey on horseback, from Cerisy-la-Forêt to the Mont-Saint-Michel. Explore the jewels of Normandy’s religious art as you travel along a variety of tracks and landscapes. Romanesque, Cistercian and Benedictine abbeys are on the programme as well as the national stud of Saint-Lô, the exceptional panorama over the Vire Valley from the Roches de Ham or the guided crossing of the Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel.
The Seine Valley Route
This future route, bucolic and picturesque, will be a real change of scene for horse riders! Enthralling for both its simplicity and its beauty, it will take you along the meanders of the Seine bordered by thousand year old forests and amazing abbeys. It invites you to explore an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of Normandy as well as monuments of great historical importance.