Road and track - Easy - 4km
Turn left at the end of our road onto the D191
Keep left and you will pass the Elevage de la Cense on the left. Directly opposite the elevage new foals can often be seen with their mothers - a wonderful sight to see in Spring! 130m ahead is a small crossroads which consists of the D191, a track to the left and a track to the right.
Take the track to the right, after 400m turn right and follow it till it meets a small road. Note that this track can be pretty wet and muddy.
Turn right onto the road, then turn right at the T-junction and follow the road till you see the bus stop. Turn left, back onto the D191
You will pass another farm on the left where you will often see the cows of the farm at Les Douestils. This farm supplies milk to Isigny-Ste-Mere which in turn makes some of the Normandie Camembert.
Turn right when you see the sign for La Petite Houssaye
This is a lovely walk which is a great example of the bocage.
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Road only - Easy (max) 6km
If you want to stick to the road, there is a nice walk to Villiers Fossard which can be as short as you like, although the full walk is 6km.
At the end of our lane turn right and follow the road all the way to Villiers Fossard.
The road bends to the right and then the left to pass the first house on the left which used to be a bread oven. The next house on the left is owned by the farmer who keeps cows next to our house. The road turns right and you will come to 2 hangars / stables with horses, on the right. The owner of this farm also has horses behind our house. The next house has 2 goats who like to graze on the side of the road - they can often be seen running around the road and the farm land opposite but this is perfectly normal!
Keep walking past the orange house on the right. Follow the road when it bends sharply to the left and you will see a small wooden sign for walkers signposted Villiers Fossard. The road bends to the right and you will come to a small hill in front of you which leads to Villiers Fossard. As you start the hill there is a sculpture on a track on the left which was made in the nearby village of Cerisy La Foret - you may see lots of these around the nearby villages. At the top of the hill you can turn left to see the church or return on the same route for a hot drink at La Petite Houssaye.
The church in Villiers Fossard is called L'Eglise Saint-Pierre / Saint Peter's Church. It was damaged in WWII, leaving only the bell tower and the roof. It was rebuilt in a more modern style between 1953 and 1957. On 30 April 2004, the church was labelled a Heritage Building of 20th Century.
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Road only - Easy - 9.8km
At the end of our lane, turn left and follow the road all the way down to the T junction. You will pass the 'Elevage de la Cense' on the left. Directly opposite the elevage, new foals can often be seen with their mothers - a wonderful sight to see in Spring!
At the T junction, turn left on the D54.
This is a main road. There isn't much traffic but it travels at 70km p/h so walk towards the traffic on the left hand side. Take the next left signposted onto the D91, signposted 'La Meauffe'.
Follow the D91 / Les Champs de Villiers till you see a white house with blue shutters on your right.
Turn left onto the D92, signposted Villiers Fossard.
At Villiers Fossard, turn left on the D191, just before the church.
Follow the very windy road, down and up the hill, past the orange house for 3km. Turn left at the sign for La Petite Houssaye and you are home!
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