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The way from CAEN

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Caen has been an important stop for travellers and pilgrims since the early middle ages. In 1083 Caponière Street leading out of the town was reffered to as "the street leading to Mont St Michel". The shortest way from Caen used to be through Viller-Bocage, but now it has become a motorway. Instead we can take another ancient way, along the Roman road connecting Vieux with Avranches. This route was used by travellers, and for the transport of goods and mail from antiquity until the end of the eighteenth century. From the plain of Caen we enter the "bocage" towards Hamars and follow the crest of the hill through the forest of Campandré-Valcongrain and round Mont Pinçon from where we look out over the plain of Vire. From La Graverie to Saint-Sever-Calvados, this ancient track is mentioned in documents as the "chemin montais", or the hilly path.

The Etouvy bridge was built in 1766, replacing an older one across the river Vire. Another stop was at Saint-Seve-Calvados, built around the Benedictine Abbey fuonded in the eleventhcentury on the site of a hermit’s cell. St Sever was once bishop of Avranches. The route goes on through Villedieu-les-Poêles, a town that has thrived on the income from pilgrimsn on their way to, Mont-Saint-Michel. The production of metal objects, especially copper pans, has been goin on here since the thirteenth century, and its artits and craftsmen are justly renowned. The great bell foundry supplies church bells all over Europe. This path links numerous attractive small villages and often passes along the greenways, hollowed deeply over the centuries by the constant passage of travellers walking between the pastures and orchards that form the essential Norman landscape of the "Bocage".


Total : 160 km – 8 stages


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GPX files for GPS :

Caen / Evrecy
2- Evrecy / Hamars
3- Hamars / Saint-Jean-le-Blanc

4- Saint-Jean-le-Blanc / Beny-Bocage
5- Bény-Bocage / Saint-Sever-Calvados
6- St-Sever / Villedieu

7- Villedieu / La Haye-Pesnel
8- La Haye-Pesnel / Genêts

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