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Normandy, France

Includes Mont Saint-Michel, Caen, Omaha Beach, Deauville, Honfleur, Le Havre, Étretat, Fécamp, Dieppe, Rouen

This is the Great Runs guide to running in Normandy. The region  boasts a gorgeous countryside, coastline, woodlands, and picturesque ancient towns. Our guide to the best places to run in Normandy is organized around the major visitor destinations, starting at Mont Saint-Michel and working east: Caen, Omaha Beach, Deauville, Honfleur, Le Havre, Étretat, Fécamp, Dieppe, Rouen.

Some of the best places to run in Normandy are the numerous seafront promenades, paths atop the bluffs of white limestone cliffs, and several ‘runseeing’ tours of historic towns and ancient châteaus. We also recommend getting a taste of ‘Norman Switzerland’ by running a section of the Vois Verte just south of Caen.

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Mont Saint-Michel Spectacular

Normandy, France

Running on the road approaching Mont Saint-Michel is a memorable experience. Fantastic views of the Abbey of Saint-Michel and surrounding coastal plain. Can add coastal spots around the Mont at low tide. Additional paths along the Couesnon River.
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Omaha Beach Running Options

Normandy, France

Good running options at this historic site. Omaha Beach itself is very runnable, 8+ km. There's also a 3.4 km beachfront path, 'hedgerow' roads near the American Cemetery, and interior farm roads that are great for running.
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Deauville: Promenade and Marina

Normandy, France

Great running in this upscale seaside resort. Two great routes that can be run separately or combined are the 3 km promenade along Deauville Beach and a loop around Port-Deauville, including riverside paths and a promenade along Trouville Beach.
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Le Havre ‘Runseeing’ Tour

Normandy, France

An enjoyable 'runseeing' tour of France's second-largest port city, including the lighthouse, 2.5 km seafront promenade, paths around the port, and a jaunt through the city center. Full route is 11.5 km. Lighthouse/promenade alone is 7 km.
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Fécamp Waterfront & Bluffs Run

Normandy, France

Nice running in this popular seaside resort. One can do a ~7 km waterfront run around the marina and along a beach promenade. There's also a nice run on the Promenade de Cap Fenet, which can be done separately or combined with the waterfront route.
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Rouen: Seine River Paths

Normandy, France

Rouen is well-known for its picturesque old town, Cathédrale Notre-Dame, and Museum of Fine Arts. The best place to run is on paths along the Seine River. Up to 8 km between the Gustave-Flaubert Bridge and the Pierre Corneille Bridge.
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Mont Saint-Michel Spectacular

Normandy, France

Running on the road approaching Mont Saint-Michel is a memorable experience. Fantastic views of the Abbey of Saint-Michel and surrounding coastal plain. Can add coastal spots around the Mont at low tide. Additional paths along the Couesnon River.
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The weather in Normandy depends somewhat on location. The area has a temperate oceanic climate, with the sea influencing the weather: summers and winters are comparatively cool. Average high temperatures in summer are 21C (70F), with cool nights (14C, 56F). In winter, highs are in the 6-7C range (mid-40s), with lows just above freezing. The 800mm (31 inches) of annual precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year. One of the main factors of running in coastal locations is the the fact that there’s almost always a wind. It can be an experience running during coastal storms!