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bikes from Bayeux to the DDay beaches ???

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bikes from Bayeux to the DDay beaches ???

Hello -

Travelling with my 16 year old son , and wondered if anyone thought renting bikes & riding from Bayeux to explore the DDay beaches was a good idea ?

Thanks

KaT

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1. Re: bikes from Bayeux to the DDay beaches ???

I think it's an excellent idea. If you really want to learn about the D-Day area it's best to do that with a guide (in a car/van, obviously) but if you want to visit/experience the sites at your own leisure then biking would be a great way to do it. I know that it is possible to rent audio-guides of the D-Day area so that might be a good way to cycle on your own and learn something about what you're seeing. .

Be sure to check the sites you want to visit and the distances to know if that matches your cycling ability. Get a good map or two. I have a biking map of that area and here's the link to amazon to buy it:

amazon.fr/Carte-randonn%C3%A9e-Le-Calvados-b…

I'm sure you could buy it at a magazine/journal store or at the tourist office or somewhere else when you arrive.

However, usually when I cycle on my own I just use Michelin maps. Let me give you some tips on how to read the Michelin maps of the scale 1:200,000 or 1:150,000. I generally stay on the small white roads and sometimes the yellow roads while generally trying to avoid the red roads (which carry the most traffic). You will find that the small white roads (country roads) are remarkably traffic free in the countryside. If a road has a hill with greater than a 5% gradient you will notice that such a road will have a gradient arrow superimposed on the road. One arrow means a gradient of 5%-9%, two arrows means a gradient from 9%-13% and three arrows means a gradient of over 13%. Just because a road has no gradient arrows doesn't mean there are no hills but whatever hills there are should not be too strenuous. Twisty roads often mean hilly as well. Areas shaded in white are generally non-forested terrain while areas shaded in green generally mean forested terrain.

You can buy the Michelin maps from their website and here is a link to the page that shows you the 1:200,000 scale maps of France (Regional maps): http://tinyurl.com/4bt96ev

And here is a link to the page that shows you the 1:150,000 scale maps of France (Départementale maps):

http://tinyurl.com/6mt4n64

It's about 20km by bike for the shortest route from Bayeux to The American Cemetery but you can look at the map and take some of the smaller country roads (shown in white on the map) and wander and explore a bit if you'd like. Look at you map legend and you'll notice icons for interesting things to visit, such as châteaux (of which there are several in the area), scenic view points, ruins, abbeys, scenic roads etc. as these make interesting diversions on your journey.

There is a bike rental shop in Bayeux where you can rent bikes:

http://www.velosbayeux.com/

The regional and local tourist office websites will have info about biking in the area and I'd also suggest you visit them in person once you arrive as they may have additional advice to offer:

calvados-tourisme.co.uk/en/…by-bike.php

Bayeux Tourist Office Website:

http://www.bessin-normandie.com/uk/

Edited: 16 June 2014, 00:19
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2. Re: bikes from Bayeux to the DDay beaches ???

As FM says, take a tour then see where you want to visit on bikes.

The zone is 55 miles long just along the coast and by road much farther. The coastal road is rather narrow and winding. I wouldn't feel comfortable on a bike on it.

Nearest beaches to Bayeux are omaha at 15 miles and gold at 10 miles.

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