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Cycling the D-Day Landing Beaches in Normandy

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  • Normandy in France

    Caen, Cherbourg (map)

    49.628822 -1.618811

  • Come on to Normandy on a leisurely cycling holiday from Cherbourg to Caen with our tents stopping off at bars, beaches, D Day museums, Bayeaux, Caen City enroute. We aim to do 25 – 30 miles on average each day stopping off at campsites that take our fancy.
    If you wish to go you will need to book time off work now.
    We plan to catch Brittany Ferries as follows:
    Saturday 8 July 2017 at 07.30 hours Portsmouth & arriving 11.30am Cherbourg £35 cost
    and returning…
    Sunday 16 July 2017 at 08.30 hours Caen and arriving back Portsmouth 13.15 hours £35 cost (with optional 2 berth en-suite bunk bed cabin £21 or £5 for a seat).
    If you are interested in going then please book the ferry ASAP.
    To book use the following:
    http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/ferry-booking-303
    When on “How are you travelling? “ part of the booking process select “Bicycle” (& not Foot Passenger).
    NB: A charge is made for a bicycle and is variable (and gets more & more expensive as time goes on (as of 12/11/16 it costs about £5 extra for each crossing)
    Brittany Ferries Customer Services[masked], e-mail [masked]
    Full more detailed planned “day by day” mileage and destinations to follow.
    With such an early start on Saturday we may go to Portsmouth Travel Lodge, Kingston Crescent. North End, PO2 8AB near to the ferry the saver rate cost for 2 adults will be £56 without WI-FI (£59 with WI-FI). www.travelodge.co.uk (Price as at 12/11/16).

    UPDATE on 21/11/2016:
    Jo and me (Ed) have just booked up. So far in total we have 5 of us going. Ferry price has increased to £44 per bicycle passenger each way so £88. On return trip we have booked an inside cabin costing £21. Total for both of us £197 with £35 deposit payable now and balance of £162 to be paid on 23/5/2017. Travel Lodge nr to ferry terminal also booked at £56 for non refundable double room price for night of Friday 7/7/2017. SUGGEST YOU BOOK NOW AS FERRY PRICES LIKELY TO INCREASE AS TIME GOES ON.


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  • Karla

    hi Ed - this sounds really interesting. Could you maybe give an idea of the daily mileage ? Plus do you have any idea of budget for the campsites and any other costs en route? Caen seems to be inland, so where is the ferry from...? Or am I misreading the map.....? maybe need to meet for chewing over details once interest picks up....?

    November 16

    • Ed

      Hi Karla,
      Daily milage say 25-30 miles .
      Camp sites per pitch say £15-20 .
      You are correct regarding Caen but people say that but actually Ouiestreim (excuse poor spelling) . Caen is along a beautiful canal from there.
      Happy to discuss in pub . I cycle commute from Locks Heath via Itchen Bridge every day during the year to Chandler's Ford so if you live in Southampton could meet in a pub enroute to discuss.
      The D Day Beaches are stunning . Lots of history, bars, museums, beaches , sea to swim in , towns to explore , fun cooking etc. I love also the challenge of it all and being out in the elements on your bicycle and being with other like minded peeps.
      The key thing if you are interested is to book time off work before others do! 😀🚴🏻🍷🏊😎
      Ed

      November 16

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