The Cherbourg Peninsular.

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Late August 2013 saw us heading along the northern coast of France to explore the Cherbourg peninsular(or the Cotentin Peninsular to give it its proper name) . We have often driven across its lower part and decided the time had come to spend some time looking at this rather neglected area,(apart from those travelling to and from the ferry terminal).


After a couple of pleasant days at Honfleur we started up the eastern coast of Cherbourg, making camp at St.Vaast-la-Haugne for a few days.


Enjoyed some local walks and the colourful market. Lovely marina given shelter for fishing and pleasure boats of all sizes.


 In fact our eldest son and wife, Anto and Mandy visited here in their boat at the start of a year long adventure to the Canaries and Azores.


Tucked in a corner on an outcrop was a lovely old small church.

Next stop was a little way along the coast road to Barfleur. Here we stayed on the campsite a stones throw from the beach, again there was a mixed boat harbour.


Then it was on to the tiny village of Omonville-La-Rogue, again next to the sea and a charming small harbour. As the weather was still in our favour we had a lovely walk up to a hillside fort, quite derelict but some great views to the village and out to sea.


Next day we had a slow meander to our next campsite at Haye-de-Puits. On the way we visited the “The Smallest Harbour in France”



Then it was to the most northern point at Cap de la Haque. Had a walk along the lane here to view the offshore lighthouse and settlement with the Channel Islands beyond.


Driving a little further on along the narrow twisting lanes and we were at the Nez De Jobourg, from here there were good views out to the Channel Islands in the sunshine.


The next day saw us make camp at the unusual town of Villedieu-les-Peoles. This medieval town is famed for its lace making past and the foundry which casts bronze bells and also the hand beaten copper household pans.




We visited the interesting little museum of the copper beating wares and lace making, and watched an actual lace making demonstration.

After a couple of days exploring this old town on foot it was time to head south to the delights of southern Brittany.




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