Normandy, France

Fécamp Waterfront & Bluffs Run

Creative Commons: W. Bulach

One of France’s first seaside resorts, Fécamp is a favorite vacation destination on the Côte d’Albâtre. The best running in Fécamp is around the marina and along the water. This can be combined with the hilly paths of the Promenade de Cap Fenet or mixed & matched. Note: the beach is very pebbly and not great for running.

Waterfront Run. Start from the Tourist Office. and run along the Quai on the east side of the marina for 1 km to the Phare de Fecamp (lighthouse). Double back and then run along the Quai to the west side of the marina, to the Promenade de la plage de Fécamp. This is a lovely 1 km path above the water, with great views of the English Channel and the area’s cliffs. Double back to the start. Add an extra 0.5 km by running on Av. Gambetta to Place Charles de Gaulle, to see the Église Saint-Étienne and Abbey. The total route is 6.8 km.

Promenade de Cap Fenet. Google Street View

Promenade de Cap Fenet. This is a hilly route of up to 5 km on the bluffs of the steep chalk cliff of Cap Fagnet.  From the tourist office, run to the east side of the basin to connect with the Voie Gallo-romaine — a path that leads to the Notre-Dame-du-Salut de Fecamp Church. This is a short but steep climb  (100m over 0.7 km). Then, enjoy 2-3 km of scenic running along the bluffs, with great views. It’s fairly flat and the footing is good.

 

Essentials
  • Waterfront route: 6.8 km (4.2 miles); Bluffs route adds up to 5 km.
  • Flat, except for one STEEP CLIMB on the Bluffs route
  • Marina is a good departure point for all routes

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Essentials
  • Waterfront route: 6.8 km (4.2 miles); Bluffs route adds up to 5 km.
  • Flat, except for one STEEP CLIMB on the Bluffs route
  • Marina is a good departure point for all routes