LS23 / St Malo to Cherbourg Day 1

109km St Malo to Genets

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This is the first day of a three day route between the Northern French ports of St Malo and Cherbourg. Served by Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth you can leave your car at the ferry port and catch the overnight ferry to St Malo.

Head into the old city, right at the roundabout on exiting the ferry port, there are plenty of cafes for breakfast. Leaving the city follow the coast road, this is not as easy as it sounds and you will find that the Garmin file deviates from the coast.

Skip between coastal towns, quiet and scenic, heading east towards Pontorson. A great place for lunch.

The Mont St Michel dominates the otherwise flat landscape, spectacular finish of the individual time trial stage 10 of the 2013 Tour de France.

The coast road is quiet, leading to Pontabault. You can divert from the route of the Garmin that leads into Avranches, and head out to the Val-Sant-Pere, where a footbridge crosses the river to bring you out on to the westbound coast road towards Genets.

Enjoy the coast road, a quiet lane, to Genet, with spectacular views!

Le Moulin is a fantastic, and well priced, B&B on the right as you enter the village. For dinner follow the high street to the first bar/restaurant on the right, moules frites (endless frites!), cider and tarte Normand.

On a sunny day this is a perfect first day's riding!

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Breakfast at St.Malo

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The coast road past the Mont St Michel