Arrive at the chateau, settle in
Circular led rides to the impressive cliffs at Nez de Jobourg
Circular led rides visitingthe pretty towns of Bricquebec and Valognes
Circular led rides visiting various World War 2 attractions including Utah Beach where the Americans landed.
Rest day to explore areas further afield, maybe Bayeaux Tapestry?
Circular led rides visiting Cherbourg with many attractions including the fascinating Cite de Mer
Circular led rides visiting Barfleur and the North Eastern ports
End of the holiday; leave the château by 1000.
This well-appointed and recently renovated château, together with its associated buildings, has 19 rooms with three acres of private grounds. There is a BBQ area, garden furniture and a playing field. Internally there are plenty of facilities: four sitting rooms, three dining rooms and a very large double hall suitable for banquets. The kitchens are well equipped with dishwashers and washing machines. There are no group meals supplied, however there are three well equipped kitchens for self catering, and there will be the usual croissant/pain chocolate run in the morning. A cook is available is required.
There are rooms for 2, 3 or 4 people.
During the week we will explore the northern areas of Normandy.
Five days of cycling will be offered with a rest day on Tuesday for which I can recommend a day trip to Mont-St-Michel or a visit to the Normandy landing beaches.
The area we will be cycling in is undulating, with some climbing; however the French roads are quieter than English lanes, and I shall be concentrating on the more tranquil routes. The roads are mostly tarmac, though on occasion we may use paths that will be suitable for most types of bike.
For each ride I will provide a very detailed route sheet as well as GPX files. These will be based on the previous weeks Semaine Federale event
The maximum group size will be approximately 12 families, including my own, though the exact number will depend on the number of people in the families.
At this time of year it should be warm and dry, but rain is always a possibility, and you should carry clothing to ensure that you and your children can remain warm and (reasonably) dry. Suncream is strongly recommended.
Any combination of tandem, cycle, hybrid or lightweight ATB is suitable, but this must be in good working order, especially the brakes. Everyone in your family should have ridden their cycle before the tour to ensure you are happy with its handling. Lights will not be necessary. Please ensure that you have suitable panniers for carrying rainwear, spare clothing, picnic food, suncream etc. Each family will also be expected to bring/carry sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs.
You should carry a map in case you become separated from the group or wish to spend some time cycling apart from the group. The route has been planned using IGN map 6, but Michelin Local map 303 should also be quite useful.