groberts wrote:1. Has anybody any experience of riding on the Avenue Verte from Ceaux (near Mont St Michel) to Mortain to Vire: is it all open, what is the ride & surface like, is it any good?
We rode this section last autumn in the other direction (We did Cherbourg to St Malo along the Tour de Manche). As far as I remember, the bit between Vire and Mortain is all along a disused railway (originally designed and built by the same engineer who went on to build the Paris metro IIRC), so it is all very gentle gradients, traffic free, with a fairly fine compacted grit surface that we found perfectly good to ride on. For a lot of its length, the railway is level with or raised above the surrounding countryside, so you get better views than some railway paths which remain in a cutting for most of their length. The section between Mortain and the coast was less memorable, but it was mostly similarly surfaced cycle track through the countryside, except for the bit near to Mont St Michel, where it is minor roads, with some small hills. All in all, a very pleasant ride.