The name of Suisse Normande (Norman Switzerland) is given to the stretch of countryside in the Orne Valley of Lower Normandy, extending between Thury-Harcourt (south of Caen) in the north, Flers-de-l’Orne in the south, and Falaise in the east. The landscape is characterized by its gently rolling hills, densely wooded forests, wide open space, steep gorges, and pristine lakes. Here are some of the best places to run in Suisse Normande:
Vois Verte de la Suisse Normande. This multi-use path is a great way to see some of Suisse Normande on foot. We’ve mapped a 21 km section of the Vois Verte that runs from Fleury-sur-Orne (5 km south of Caen) south to Thury-Harcourt. The paved/gravel path follows the outline of the Orne River and features a nice diversity of landscape — woods, rolling hills, and some nice open spaces. Good signage. The first half is fairly flat, while the southern half is hillier. This brochure has excellent info on segment distance and sites along the way.
From Thury-Harcourt, there are other sections of path headed in multiple directions.
- Vois Verte: 21 km (13 miles) one-way; Additional options from Thury-Harcourt
- Vois Verte: 201m (660 feet) one-way, headed south. Southern half is the hillier section
- Anywhere along the Vois Verte. North End is in Fleury-sur-Orne; South end is in Thury-Harcourt