Sports and Leisure

Walking and Cycling

This part of Normandy is known as 'The Bocage Area' and is renowned for its rolling hills and stunning country side.

As it is such a beautiful area it is often best to park up the car and put on your walking boots or hop onto your saddle and see it at your leisure, not out of the car window as you fly by. This is a common pass time in the area, especially on Sundays.

The most famous walk way and cycle path around us is the Voie Verte 'The Green Way' which is a disused railway track that runs from Normandy into Brittany. You can join this walk way in Brouains and make your way to Sourdeval or Mortain, or if you are feeling fit, Avranches or Vire. You pass through a number of villages en route so calls of nature, coffee or beer can be satisfied!

Horse Riding in Normandy

Normandy is famous for its horse breeding and racing and there are many activities around where you can ride or enjoy watching others race. In Vire there is a Hippodrome where Trot Racing takes place and of course the famous horse shows at St Lo.

There is a horse riding school located in Brouains, which is open to the public.

There is also another riding school located near Avranches and is run by an English lady who takes parties out along the beaches.

In Barenton, about a 20 minute drive away is a riding club which takes parties out on forest trails.

Golf in Normandy

Vire Golf Course is only a 10 minute drive away from Le Pont de la Forge and is a 9 hole golf course where day passes are available for £12 per day. The golf course has its own terraced restaurant and bar that overlooks Lake Dathee.

The golf course is currently under expansion to become a Championship 18 hole course covering 48 hectares and will be completed for the beginning of 2008.

The course looks out over the beautiful Lac De La Dathee so while the other half is swinging his/her club you can take part in water sports such as windsurfing and pedalos or you can hire a boat, a bicycle, go fishing or simply stroll around the 5km perimeter and enjoy the peace and quiet at one of the many picnic areas.

The lake itself is bordered in parts by a forest and also has a weir and a small waterfall.

Fishing in Normandy

The River See, is renowned for being one of the best salmon and brown trout rivers in France.

You also go fly fishing locally in Brouains or in Vengeons.

Day or week passes can be bought locally in Sourdeval and run from March to October.

There are also numerous trout lakes around and Lake Dathee where weekends passes can be bought for 10 Euros or weekly passes for 27 Euros whislt the other half enjoys a spot of golf or windsurfing!

Water Sorts in Normandy

Lake Dathee

Lake Dathee which is over looked by the local golf course. The lake offers windsurfing, pedalos, catamarans, kayaks, rowing boats, centre boards and sailing dinghies hire during the summer months June to September.

It is also possible to take beginners sailing courses and to take part in a spot of fishing.


Vire is a 15 minute drive away and has a small indoor swimming pool with slides.

Pont Farcy

Pont Farcy is where the Gorges de la Vire lie and it is possible to take in the stunning scenery by canoes or kayaks.


A drive towards the Orne takes you to Fler where there is a water park which is fun for a family day out.

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