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In the Footsteps of Pilgrims is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Saint-Jean-d'Elle, Normandy, France that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, horses, and mountain biking. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.5 mi Elevation gain 1,322 ft Route type Loop


Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips


Historic site

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The Saint-Lois is a country of grove with shady paths, it is also the country of horses, many to graze in the meadows. Remarkable points on the circuit: 0- Church of Saint-Jean-Des-Baisants was completed in 1962. The building is made of apparent granite. The windows are the main interest of the church based on the opposition between the stained glass windows in the north and the monochrome canopies in the south. 1 - Bocage normand and meeting point between 2 streams: the Precorbin, which goes to the village of the same name and Hamel. You are in a 2nd valley. 2 - Intersection with the GR221 to travel in 5 days (129km) in the country of Saint-Lô, its beautiful countryside and its marital wealth. 3 - The Saint Peter's Chapel was for a long time a place of pilgrimage very frequented during the great droughts to rain by plunging 3 times the staff of the cross of procession in the fountain. The Cave of the Chapel was built in memory of a group of parishioners refugees there during bombings in 1944 and saved. 4 - The Old Manor of the XIth and XIIth century. Do not visit. 5 - The Thunder is an abandoned hamlet with great charm. Stop to enjoy the beautiful panorama. Points of interest nearby: Château des Matignon, Torigni sur Vire: 16th and 17th century chateau, Classified Historical Monument having belonged during three centuries to the family of Matignon. Inside, collection of antique furniture, tapestries, Arthur le Duc museum. The ponds of Torigni-sur-Vire: trace of ditches that made Robert de Gloucester dig around the castle made almost impregnable by the possible enemies. Today, the walk under the linden trees is very appreciated. St. Aubin Church, Precorbin: contains a statue of St. Julian of the sixteenth century. Placed under the patronage of Saint Aubin then Saint Anne, it was built in 4 times. In Condé-sur-Vire: Saint-Martin church, St Jean de Brébeuf chapel (visit by RV), Arganchy and La Bélinière castles (which can not be visited). Way of towing the edges of Vire: The old towpath of the gabares leads in the middle of nature to the discovery of several mansions nestled in the heart of lush landscapes.

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