As you would expect with such a tourist-friendly area as Normandy there are many local activities for visitors to le Deshayes. Here are a few to wet your appetite:
- Walking is most enjoyable around le Deshayes – you can stroll to the village for a lunchtime baguette or wander up the lane by the farm enjoying the flora and fauna.
- For the serious walkers there are various guides and booklets available from the La Manche Tourist Office detailing some wonderful long distance trails.
- Cycling on the quiet country roads around le Deshayes is a real pleasure, as the few French motorists you meet tend to show more respect to cyclists. Alternatively take the “Veloroutes” – marked loops of about 20 km each (12 miles) on small roads selected for their picturesque character and wealth of sites they cross or the “Greenways” for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, using old railways or towpaths with car parks nearby. Both the Veloroutes and Greenways are detailed on booklets that can be purchased from the La Manche Tourist Office.
- Circuits for mountain biking, or VVT in French, are detailed on separate leaflets available from bookshops or the La Manche Tourist Office.
- Normandy is gradually becoming a more popular golf destination, with a number of excellent courses for all standards. Some of the best courses are to be found around Deauville .
- However, serious golfers should also consider the links courses at Golf de Granville and Omaha Beach Golf Course, Caen Golf Course, Clecy Golf Club and a little further away Champ de Bataille, which is known as Normandy 's Wentworth.
- Swimming at the indoor heated pool in Coutances – opening hours and prices on the Coutances town website
Tenpin bowling, ice skating and karting at the Yeti ice rink in Coutances & Tenpin bowling in St Lo
- With its 600 km long coastline, Normandy offers a range of sailing and other water sports opportunities, information as before from the La Manche Tourist Office.
- Normandy is the land of horses with 1,400 stud farms and its show jumping competitions, horse races, stud sales and horse markets.
- The Saint-Lo National Stud Farm is well worth a visit, as is the famous Pin's National Stud Farm, nicknamed the Versailles for horses.
- Fishing is very popular in France, with many kilometres of river fishing, as well as lakes and ponds. Holiday permit cards can be purchased from the local Federation in Periers.
- Trips and Excursions – these include river and sea excursions, mini train rides, trips to the islands – Chausey and Tatihou – guided tours through the Cotentin and Bessin Marshlands and organised crossings of the Mont-Saint-Michel bay, not for the faint hearted! For a full list of trips see the Great day out section.
- Major events of the Year – it would be impossible to list all the many events for 2010 and we would encourage you to obtain the Calendar of Events from the La Manche Tourist Board or visit the local Tourist Information Office in Cerisy la Salle.
- Don't miss the castle or Chateau at Pirou - not a massive castle, but really interesting and well worth a visit for a few hours - and the beaches at Pirou and Creances are beautiful, so a bit of history and seaside in one day!
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