Running on the road/path that approaches Mont Saint-Michel is a memorable experience. Mont Saint-Michel is a tidal island off the coast, with its spectacular Abbey of Saint-Michel soaring 100 meters above the sea. From the Tourist Information Center/Parking lot, there’s a road with a separate pedestrian path approaching the Abbey with wonderful views of the Abbey and coastal plain (cars aren’t permitted on the road but there is a shuttle bus). At the Abbey site itself, there’s a 200-meter pedestrian path and then 350 steps to the highest point of Mont Saint-Michel. Note: at low tide, it’s possible to walk/run on the beach on the south side of the Mont.
Add-Ons: From the tourist information center, a nice add-on is to head south on a pedestrian path along the narrow Couesnon River, which has nice views of the water and surrounding pastoral countryside. We’ve created a route that goes along the path for 3 km, taking a short detour to see the Moulin de Moidrey, a mill dating back to 1805. One can continue even further south for several km along the river path to Pontorson.