Tour de Manche

The 435 mile Tour de Manche is a cycling route linking Devon and Dorset in England to Brittany and Normandy in France.

This route takes you through a mixture of coastal and rural inland landscapes on both sides of the Channel.

Some of the highlights include Dartmoor National Park, the Jurassic Coast, the Cotentin and Bessin Regional Nature Park and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont-Saint-Michel. 

In the UK, the route follows Routes 2, 34, 28 and 27 as it passes through Dorset and Devon between Poole and Plymouth.

Route 27 comprises the Devon Coast to Coast which also includes Drakes Trail between Tavistock and Plymouth.

This has recently been developed into a fully traffic-free stretch of National Cycle Route with the addition of the dizzying Gem Bridge. Young cyclists (and the young at heart) will find this crossing this bridge thrilling.

The route on the UK side of the channel connects Poole with Plymouth via a mixture of on-road, mainly quiet lanes, and traffic-free stretches.

It passes through points of beauty and interest including Corfe Castle, the Jurassic Coast and Dartmoor National Park.

The Jurassic Coast owes its name to the layers of sedimentary rock which contain an amazing richness of fossils and form a near-complete record of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

It has been recognised as a site of outstanding international importance for earth sciences and was designated as England’s first natural World Heritage Site in 2001.

The route passes through some quintessentially English seaside towns and some of the country’s most interesting cities including Poole, Exeter and Plymouth.

Exeter is a small but vibrant city with a rich history, magnificent cathedral, imposing Roman wall and beautiful quayside whilst Plymouth, known as Britains Ocean City, is home to breath-taking views and a historic waterfront

In France, the route uses a mixture of on-road and traffic-free sections.

This includes 230km of greenways taking you through the countryside of the Cotentin peninsula, the marshes of the Cotentin and Bessin Regional Nature Park, and past the Mortain waterfalls to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Mont-Saint-Michel.

Ferry crossings link Plymouth to Roscoff and Poole to Cherbourg.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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