Discover the Falaise – Suisse Normande destination during a short walk, in an urban environment or in the heart of nature. On foot or by bike, let yourself be tempted by our ideas for short hikes to share with the family.
The Remparts circuit
Take the Remparts circuit, an essential 3,5 km walking route in the town of Falaise. The walk begins at the foot of the statue of William the Conqueror. It then follows the ramparts of the city, passing through well-preserved medieval towers and gates.
During the walk, you will appreciate the picturesque streets and the few half-timbered houses of the old town while enjoying panoramic views of the Normandy countryside. Easy access, the Remparts circuit can be covered on foot in 1h30.
A variant allows the loop to be extended by one kilometer. This alternative will take you to Mount Myrrha, a rocky promontory offering stunning views of the medieval fortifications.
The Val la Hère
At the heart of Swiss Normandy, this sinuous circuit of 7 kms will make you discover sumptuous points of view. From the green resort of Pont-d'Ouilly, join the wash house then go down to the “la Hère” stream.
The path passes in front of the ruins of the Moulin des Vaux before going up to the town of Ouilly. From here, a splendid panorama of the Orne valley awaits you. You will then descend towards Pont-d'Ouilly across fields.
Cycle route Cliff Greenway
From Falaise, go for a 17 km bike ride (about 1h30). The route follows part of the old railway line which has become the Ante greenway. This quiet and bucolic cycle path will take you to the village of Damblainville.
The circuit continues on a secondary road leading to the Mesnil Soleil manor and then to the Versainville castle. You will then reach Falaise through the hamlet of La Chapelle.
In the footsteps of Marie Joly
From the village of Potigny, go for a 5 km hike around Devil's Breach. A must-see site in the Pays de Falaise, the Brèche au Diable is a natural rock formation split in two and from which a tumultuous torrent escapes.
The breach is dominated by the plateau of Mont Joly, a plateau that was around 3500 BC at the heart of a large flint mining complex.
You can walk to the highest point of the mountain, where there is the tomb of Marie Joly, major actress of the Comédie Française in the 18th century. This exceptional funerary monument sculpted by Lesueur is dedicated to melancholy.