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There is an endless supply of activities for the adventurous and much useful information available.
Many hiking areas and marked trails are available in Normandy. In the département of La Manche alone there are more than 4,500 Km of marked paths. In all, Normandy has ten long-distance hiking itineraries and 7,500 Km of signposted footpaths.
Walking and hiking are also allowed in the Parc Regional de Normandie-Maine, Parc Regional de Brotonne, Parc Regional du Perche, Parc des Marais de Cotentin et du Bessin.
The Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pedestre (FFRP) is the overseeing body for all marked and maintained walking routes in France. It provides information and guide-books (most in French) for walkers in the Normandy area.
Top 25 hiking maps issued by the Institut Géographique National (IGN) are available from newsagents (presse) and bookshops.
All nationally recognised trails are categorised as follows:
The French route marking system shows paths by means of signs and blazes.
Normandy's coastline, countryside and woodlands make it an ideal place for cycling: popular areas include the coastline which is not too hilly, the Cotentin Peninsula, the Seine Valley and the hills of the Suisse Normande.
For information on mountain biking circuits in Normandy see website VTT France and select Basse-Normandie or Haute-Normandie.
There are many rural paths allowing the horse-rider to visit many places in Normandy. For horse-lovers the horse racing track in Deauville and the National Stud Farm, Haras du Pin are both worth the visit.
One of the main areas for canoeing and kayaking is the Parc Naturel de Normandie-Maine on the river Sarthe and the river Varenne.
Other areas include the D-Day landing beaches and the Mont St-Michel and many water sports in Normandy take place in Granville.
Navigable rivers for canoeing and kayaking are classified into six grades, Classes I to VI. Class I being for easily navigable rivers, Class V for extremely difficult, and Class VI for rivers that are only navigable depending on the water level and presenting many risks.
There are many organisations providing training, transport and equipment for trips, one day or several.
The sport is monitored by the Fédération Française de Canoë-Kayak (FFCK). It has information on appropriate rivers and expert guides, where available.