Cycle Pontorson to Mont St Michel
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Apart from the occasional pot hole on the cycle path it is generally well maintained, but after heavy or prolonger rainfall the cycle path can become muddy. If this is the case then slow down and enjoy a more relaxed pace while keeping an eye on the under-wheel conditions. There are some overhanging trees so watch out for fallen branches on the path/road.
The route is largely on marked cycle routes, so when cycling on the road please beware of traffic and cycle on the right-hand side of the road if there is no cycle lane. Whilst drivers in France are respectful of the 'velo', please do be mindful of other road users at all times, obeying local road signs and any change in road conditions. Beware of traffic especially when entering and leaving the towns where the traffic flow tends to be highest.
Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for any damage. Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tyres are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when cycling. If you are doubtful of the condition of your rental bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.
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Points of Interest
Mont St Michel
The island of Mont St Michel sits magnificently out in the bay with its monastery teetering on the highest point. It’s nestled on the western edge of Normandy, just outside of Brittany. The monastery was established in the 8th century after the bishop at a nearby by town had a vision where the archangel Michael said he was to build a church atop the island. In later years the construction was supported by kings and many more buildings were added including the highest tower on the island. In the past the site was a great seat of learning and it continues to educate the thousands of tourists who make the journey to visit it.
Le Couesnon Dam
The Couesnon river feeds into the bay of Mont St Michel and was dammed in 1969. However, having taken away the river’s power to deposit sediment brought in by the tide a new new dam, which wasn’t strictly a dam had to be built to prevent the island of Mont St Michel being surrounded by sediment and vegetated. This has also helped restore more natural hydrological processes to the bay. The new dam also gives a great viewpoint over the bay.
Food & Drink
There are plenty of little boulangers and creperies in Pontorson but you may wish to wait you get to Mont St Michel before lunching on today’s short ride. Although it’s a short ride make sure you take lots of water.
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0.00 km – Begin today’s optional short ride out to Mont St Michel at the roundabout in Pontorson with the fountain in the centre. With the bridge and river on your left hand-side continue STRAIGHT ON at the roundabout.
0.30 km – TURN LEFT at the crossroads then with the park on your left follow the road as it curves right.
0.60 km – At the end of the park on your left TURN RIGHT onto the cycle path and continue to follow it with the river on your left.
2.80 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON following the cycle path signpost (the bridge is on your left).
4.40 km – At the T-junction TURN LEFT onto the tarred road following the cycle path signpost for Mont St Michel.
5.50 km – At the crossroads continue STRAIGHT ON between the white metal bollards (there’s a bridge on your left) and follow the cycle path signpost for Mont St Michel, which can now be seen in the distance.
7.60 km – You have now reached the dam across the river – there’s bike park on the right-hand side where you can secure your bike before walking the rest of the way to Mont St Michel (bikes are not allowed to be cycled on the causeway from Apr-Sept). The dam also doubles as a great viewpoint out over the sea to Mont St Michel.
7.80 km – Pass the brown metal bollards and continue STRAIGHT ON along the wooden walkway next to the road – you are now on the causeway approaching Mont St Michel. Take care of the unusually wide shuttle buses ferrying tourists along the causeway.
9.70 km – You have now reached the end of the causeway and the turning point of today’s route. After a look around turn around and continue STRAIGHT ON back along the causeway to retrieve your bike and cycle along the cycle path back to Pontorson just the same way you came.
18.70 km – After continuing back along the cycle path from Mont St Michel with the river on your right-hand side the tarred cycle path comes to an end so BEAR LEFT to continue parallel to the footpath through the park now on your right.
19.00 km – With the park ahead follow the road to BEAR LEFT to reach a crossroads. At the crossroads TURN RIGHT and continue to the roundabout.
19.20 km – Finish the route at the roundabout in Pontorson with the fountain in the middle. The bridge over the river is on your right and the village of Pontorson is on your left.
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