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Since 1066 and the time of William the Conqueror, Normandy has had a central role in European history. During the 14th and 15th centuries this was the frontier for Anglo-French hostilities for much of the Hundred Years’ War, but it was during the D-Day landings in 1944 that Normandy sealed its place in the history books.
The trip includes visits to some of the most famous castles in Normandy as well as Bayeux Cathedral, home to the 11th century tapestry. The coastal paths and countryside around Arromanches provide some great riding and there’s also the chance of some beach canters, provided the tides are favourable. Later on, make your way alongside the River La Vire before riding to ‘Haras de Saint Lo’, home of the Selle Francais breed. The ride ends with a ride in Mont Saint Michel Bay.
You should be a confident rider in control of a horse at walk trot and canter in the open. This ride has a mixed pace with plenty of chances for some long trots and canters. You will be encouraged to participate in getting your horse ready each day although your guide will be on hand should you require assistance.
You will have one horse for the first four days riding and then switch to a new horse for the last day's ride in the bay of Mont St Michel.
Overnight in wonderful chateaux, a grand manor house and a coastal hotel.
Set arrival and departures.
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INCLUDES Riding; accommodation; guiding meals wine with lunch and dinner.
SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS apply depending on the total number of people booked.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Payable if in a single room.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Optional tips; additional drinks before or after dinner; transfers.
GETTING THERE You need to make your own way to Bayeux train station for the start of the ride and from Avranches SNCF station at the end.
You need to make your own way to Bayeux train station and take a taxi to your first night's accommodation at Chateau de Bellefontaine (payable locally). Check-in is from 16:00 and the ride briefing usually takes place at 19:00.
You can reach Bayeux by train from Paris Montparnasse Station, via Rennes.
At the end of the ride departure is from Manoir de Brion after breakfast (between 08:00 and 11:00). Your guide will arrange a taxi from the Manoir to Avranches SNCF station (the taxi is payable locally at c. €26 per vehicle). From here you take a train to the TGV station at Rennes to catch the TGV train to Paris.
It is strongly recommended that you check train connections before booking your flights or plan to overnight in Paris.
Normandy is in north western France. You could take the train to Bayeux via Paris and Rennes or the ferry to Caen, Cherbourg or Le Havre.
Due to its northern latitude and coastal position the weather in Normandy does not get to the high temperatures seen elsewhere in France and it can be unpredictable. Occasional days reaching 27˚C are not unusual in the summer and the winter months are relatively mild.
A wonderful ride exploring many of the highlights of Normandy.
This ride is some distance from Paris. You need to double check train times before you book your onward flights to make sure the journey is possible. The best would be to arrive a day early and stay one day more so that you can enjoy the journey.