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  • De captivants à banals, les articles et photographies de “The Baguette” sont une tentative de publier un journal de ma vie dans la Manche et de proposer un forum de discussion pour tout ce qui touche à la Normandie.
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July 19 2014 7 19 /07 /July /2014 12:40

006 Sentier de découverte, Lessay

I went on yet another hike last weekend around Lessay which took me to several places of natural heritage including moors, forests, rivers and some charming little villages. To start, I had to park my car in the Fromagerie Réo parking lot and then find the signs that led to the sentiers de découverte of la Montagne. 012 Sentier de découvertede la Montagne, Lessay012a Sentier de découvertede la Montagne, Lessay012b Sentier de découvertede la Montagne, Lessay012d Sentier de découvertede la Montagne, LessayThe best part of the entire walk is through this patch of pine forest which borders the Tourbière de Mathon, a peat bog or mire. 014 Tourbière de MathonAcross the tourbière you can see the abbey of Lessay in the distance. 025 l'Ay, Lessay026 l'Ay, LessayParts of the walk take you across or along the coastal river of l’Ay which empties into the Channel only after flowing through Lessay and the great harbor of Saint-Germain-sur-Ay. 032 l'Ay, LessayOn July 29, 1944 American soldiers built a bridge over this river. 027 l'Ay, LessayThe bridge that exists here now is all that marks the spot except for a new memorial plaque which was erected here on June 7, 2014 to commemorate the D-Day landings. 033 Sentier de découvertede la Montagne, Lessay044 Moulin de Pissot, Lessay042 Moulin de Pissot, Lessay046 Moulin de Pissot, LessayOne of the places that the Manche tourism guide online says to see is the Moulin de Pissot in the village of Pissot. Unfortunately, their map and their directions are completely wrong. With a little effort on my own part before heading out, I was able to create my own map and had no problems finding the  newly restored mill. 037 near Moulin de Pissot, Lessay049 near Moulin de Pissot, Lessay049a near Moulin de Pissot, Lessay051 Route de Renneville, LessayThere are not many large mansions or castles to see along this hike but you can’t help finding some dignified farm houses along the way. 053 Lieu Dit Village Es Noels à Lessay054 Lieu Dit Village Es Noels à Lessay057 Lieu Dit Village Es Noels à LessayOn the way back, through the route de Renneville, I came across a small village made up of three or four houses which had the most appealing name: Village es Noëls which could probably mean the village of Noël or even the village at Christmas. Who knows ? I thought it was attractive. 070 Route de la Blondellerie, Lessay062 Route de la Blondellerie, Lessay071 Ancienne voie ferrée, LessayPast some more interesting houses and even a short stint through a covered hedgerow, I eventually came to the old railway line which once connected Coutances with Sottevast for over 100 years. It closed in 1984 and is now a green path between Cambernon and Rocheville (Bricquebec). 077 l'Ay, Lessay088 l'Ay, LessayAfter getting back to town and following the River Ay, I took a much needed rest and ate my lunch in the shadow of the abbey. The Abbaye de Lessay is an 11th century Benedictine abbey that once flourished in Normandy. It has a rather ironic history in that it was one of the few monasteries that managed to stay perfectly preserved throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. 079 Abbaye de Lessay081 Abbaye de LessayUnfortunately, it was completely destroyed by retreating Germans on July 11, 1944 during World War II. In 1945 the abbey church and its former monastic buildings underwent a remarkable restoration carried out under the direction of Yves-Marie Froidevaux, Chief Architect of Historic Monuments, using archived material that was preserved in Paris. In 1958, the church opened again for services. Today, the monastery buildings are privately owned and not open to visitors. Every summer, concerts are held in the abbey.

082 Abbaye de Lessay

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