Looking towards the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches on the clifftop path to the gun embattlements at Longues-sur-Mer

Arromanches is a great place to get out in the fresh air and follow the cliff top paths or stroll along the flat sandy beaches.

When the tide is out you can walk along the beach to the other end of the Mulberry Harbour at Asnelles in under an hour. If the tide is high, a new footpath has just been completed that follows the road from Arromanches to Asnelles so you can still walk off one of the legendary fruit tarts at the Asnelles bakery (be prepared to queue on a weekend at this unassuming little bakery).

Further along the coastline from Asnelles the walking tracks and beach walks continue along Sword Beach and in to the harbour at Courseulles where a great range of seafood restaurants await.

In the other direction from Arromanches (heading west) the path goes along the cliff tops where you’ll often suddenly find yourself eye-to-eye with seagulls coming up from the tides below.  Its around 5km (an hour) along to the gun batteries at Longues sur Mer with the dramatic coastline on one side and open fields on the other.  Be warned, there are no fences along this very steep cliff and I wouldn’t recommend the walk for curious youngsters keen to see over the edge.

The clifftop walk is not recommended for curious kids or animals!

The clifftop walk is not recommended for curious kids or animals!

If you’re feeling fit, you can continue on from Longues sur Mer to the pretty working fishing village of Port en Bessin.  Filled with great seafood restaurants selling the morning’s catch, Port en Bessin was a key set in the epic film about D-Day “The Longest Day” where it is used to portray Ouistreham.  Its a good two hour (12km) walk each way so a lunch stop will be well earned.

On a warm summers day some of the loveliest places to walk are in France’s beautiful forests, and around 25 minutes in the car will get you to the Foret de Cerisy.  Long, wide paths through dappled light, the chance to glimpse deer, rabbits and other forest critters, and if you plan it right, to emerge near Balleroy in time for tea in the knot garden in front of the stunning Chateau de Balleroy owned by the Forbes family.

For more walking itineraries just pop into the Arromanches Tourist Office (200m walk from La Pommetier) or have a look at Calvados Tourisme where you’ll find a kit of seven walking maps (Balades en Calvados) all within 20 minutes drive of La Pommetier.