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The way from BARFLEUR

From Winchester to Portsmouth
Pilgrim Trail
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The way from Barfleur on Google Map

In the Middle Ages, the Mont Saint-Michel was one of the most important centres of pilgrimage in Christianity. Pilgrims came from England, Germany and Italy as well as France, and were known as the Miquelots, the follwers of St Michael. You can now explore the route used by pilgrims from England who crossed the Channel on their way to Mont Saint-Michel : the inland path, from Barfleur to the Mount, and the coastal path, starting from Cherbourg-Octeville. Altogether there are nearly 400 km of footpaths and small country lanes where you can explore the landscape and legends of the Manche, and enjoy the rich heritage of the Miquelots

The chapel of Lestre was built in the wastes high above the sea in the Romanesque style and was dedicated to the Archangel St Michael. Ruined in the 19th century, it contains today some ancient sculpture, such as the tall statue from the 15th century representing St James, equipped with his bag and pilgrim’s staff.

Montebourg. Founded in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, the Benedictine Abbey of Notre-Dame de Montebourg owned important properties in Normandy and in the Channel Islands. In the town, a major crossroads for the Cotentin peninsula, a large gothic church was built in the 14th century. It was dedicated to St James and contains two statues of the protector of all pilgrims.

Carentan, in the heart of the marshes, was the gateway to the Cotentin peninsula, as well as an important market town in the Middle Ages. Built at the beginning ot the 12th century, the beautiful church of Notre-Dame was restored in the15th century, during the Hundred Years War. The figure of the Archangel St Michael, prince of the celestial militia, was placed on the gable of the south end of the transept at the beginning of the 16th century and appears as it used to on Mont St Michel, surrounded by angels blowing trompets

La Lucerne Standing at the boundary between the two dioceses of Avranches and Coutances, the Abbey of the Holy Trinity of La Lucerne d’Outremer, stands between the two dioceses of Avranches and Coutances and belonged to the Order of the Premonstratensians. The abbey church, built in the twelfth century and restored in the twentieth century, contains some notable sculpture: a statue of St Michael dating from the 14th century and a statue of St James dating from the beginning of the 16th century

- Barfleur / Montebourg (39 km)
- Montebourg / Carentan (33km)
- Carentan / Périers (24 km)
- Périers / Coutances (20 km)
- Coutances / Cérences (23 km)
- Cérences / La Haye-Pesnel (22 km)
- La Haye-Pesnel / Saint-Jean-le-Thomas (25 km)
- Saint-Jean-le-Thomas / Le Mont-Saint-Michel (14 km)

Total: 202 km - 9 stages

Our guidebook : « Itinéraires de Pèlerins – Les Chemins aux Anglais – De Barfleur et de Cherbourg au Mont-Saint-Michel »

It contains accounts by pilgrims of their journey and numerous illustrations showing the historic sites you will discover. Pratical index cards showing maps of 1 : 50000.

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Guidebook from Winchester :

Lightfoot Guide to the Three Saints Way - Winchester to Mont Saint Michel
Paul Chinn - Babette Gallard

LightFoot Guides are written for Walkers, Cyclists and Horse Riders, providing specofic information for each group and enabling everyone to meet their personal goals.

The name, Tree Saint’s Way, has been created by the authors of the LightFoot guide, but is based on the three saints associated with this pilgrimage : St Swithin, St Michael and St James. Far from being a single route, it is in fact a collection of intersecting routes, comprised of the Millenium Footpath Trail in England and the Chemin aux Anglais (from Barfleur) in France, which ultimately intersects with the St James Way in St Jean d’Angély. This book traces 243 kilometres from Winchester, England, to Mont-Saint-Michel in France.

The entire distance has been GPS traced and divided into manageable sections of approximately 15 kilometres, but accomodation (where it exists) is listed for the entire length of the section, meaning that it is up you and your body where you decide to stop.

Each section contains : a route summary; a cultural and historical overview of the region; detailed route instructions; the relevant map.

Each instruction sheet provides : detailed directions corresponding to GPS way points given on the map; verification points; compass direction for each way point; distance between each way point.

Each map provides : a north/south representation of the route with way point numbers; icons indicating places to stay, monuments etc.

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(This guidebook is not available with the association "Les Chemins du Mont-Saint- Michel")

GPX files for GPS :

Barfleur - Montebourg
Montebourg - Carentan
Carentan - Périers
Périers - Coutances
Coutances - Cérences
Cérences - La Haye-Pesnel
La Haye-P - St Jean-le-Thomas
St Jean-le-Thomas - Le Mont

From Cherbourg to the way from Barfleur :

Cherbourg / Montebourg on Google Map

GPX file :


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