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GR 223

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The GR 223 is a French hiking trail in the Grande Randonnée network.

Understand[edit]

Map of GR 223

It is known as Sentier des Douaniers ("Custom Officers' Way"); the route is mostly coastal.

Prepare[edit]

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Walk[edit]

It goes all the way from 1 Honfleur to Mont Saint Michel via the coast of Calvados and Cotentin (Mont Saint Michel is on the Breton border in the west). The entire walk takes a month, but most people prefer to pick sections according to their interest.

The first part of the walk goes west past some coastlines including the 2 Côte Fleurie (literally, "Flowery Coast") and the Côte de Nacre (literally, "Mother of Pearl Coast"). Farther west, history fans often choose to visit the D-Day beaches, while lovers of nature (cliffs and coves) prefer the walk around 3 Cap de la Hague, west of 4 Cherbourg, and others still opt to approach Mont Saint-Michel around its eponymous bay. The 5 Baie du mont Saint-Michel Mont-Saint-Michel Bay on Wikipedia is the location of an amazing island and village.

Stay safe[edit]

Word has it that there are problems with cliff erosion over certain sections, so don't be surprised if you are diverted inland at some points.

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