Switzerland in Normandy? Apparently so friends!
The Suisse Normande Route is a driving circuit of around 65km along small country roads, through pretty villages, along the Orne river and through some absolutely stunning scenery. Its well sign posted and easy to follow from any of the towns on the map below. From La Pommetier, you should add around 45 mins each way to get to the Suisse Normande area.
I think the Suisse Normande Route is at its best in October/November when you can drive through tunnels of bright autumnal trees with leaves falling. Its ridiculously pretty! And its also a treat in summer when the bright green tree canopies shade the road and you can meander along with the windows down just taking in the slow life of the Normandy countryside.
Let me say from the start, this is an outing for those happy to tootle along and enjoy the countryside. If you’re on a time limit to see the “big stuff” like the D-Day beaches, the Bayeux Tapestry and Mont St Michel, this probably isn’t for you. But if you’re looking to unwind, take in country life and possibly spend some time behind the local farmers on their tractors, your patience will be rewarded and you’ll see the less touristic Normandy.
If you like to walk, and in particular you like to walk up hills, there are some beauties along the Suisse Normande Route. A great place to start is the village of Clecy in the heart of the Suisse Normande where you can park your car and head off on foot to Sugarloaf Rock (Pain du Sucre) following the signposts “Les Rochers des Parcs”. There’s a bit of uphill effort involved, but the paths are terrific and you’ll be in great shape for that ice cream afterwards. There are plenty of options for flatter, shorter and longer walks on the Calvados Tourism website. Clecy has lots of activities from kayaking and paddle boating to a luge (toboggan) ride and miniature railway. Its great for families wanting a day of activities and relaxed fun for everyone and there’s some lovely riverside restaurants and cafes to tempt you.
So charge up the camera, get some road trip snacks and tunes ready and fill the petrol tank… and enjoy!