Mont St Michel ?

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Angstrom
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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby Angstrom » 4 Feb 2020, 8:44pm

The access to the Mont St Michel is highly regulated since a couple of years (the whole area has been deeply reworked in order to ensure the island remains one for the years to come). Bikes must be parked in a area and the Mont itself cannot be reached other than by foot or by shuttle.

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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby Tigerbiten » 5 Feb 2020, 2:35am

You can still cycle out to the Mont.
But the times are a bit restrictive during the summer.
But you cannot legally park your bike at the end of the causeway while you go inside anymore.

Luck ........... :D

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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby simonhill » 5 Feb 2020, 2:47am

Yes, the times, etc are detailed in my post on page 1. Quoting direct from the official website.

Does anyone know what happens if you park your bike illegally? Do the authorities do anything?

I've never heard of any (many?) draconian measures being used in Europe, but in Japan they take your bike away or if they can't remove it, they lock it to a large lump of concrete.

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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby francovendee » 5 Feb 2020, 4:07pm

We went there last year and it's worth a visit. Go at lunchtime as it's at it's quietest then. The French, being creatures of habit, are having lunch. :D

Masses of school parties from all over France visit the site but again lunch time they sit down somewhere to eat.

We cycled to the wall but there were a number of officials about and they made it clear not to leave the bikes.

We walked over the wooden causeway but there is a frequent free shuttle bus.

There is bike parking in a couple of place and we secured the bikes and ran a bike lock through the panniers and frame as well.

Lot's of French cycle tourists there who just locked their bikes.

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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby Morzedec » 5 Feb 2020, 4:17pm

May I confirm Brian Leach's post? Things are exactly as he says.

Suggest you pick a quiet day if you can, because it can get silly busy at times when the hordes descend from their coaches.

Like many 'attractions' the Mount looks more impressive from a distance than close by; the perspective gets lost. Perhaps worth a visit, just once, to say that you've been there, but there is so much more of France to quietly enjoy.

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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby mercalia » 5 Feb 2020, 6:42pm

A lot of these places look better from a drone video? There are some great drone videos on YouTube.
Seeing many places on foot is a real drag ? The heat, the flies, the crowds, the overbearing sun, the dusty narrow roads, the sweat, and not as if you can see much from an ants view?







Do you still need to visit? :wink:

even if you dont mind all these negatives, drone videos are a good way to do researching a visit?

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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby Angstrom » 5 Feb 2020, 8:11pm

Morzedec wrote:May I confirm Brian Leach's post? Things are exactly as he says.

Like many 'attractions' the Mount looks more impressive from a distance than close by; the perspective gets lost. Perhaps worth a visit, just once, to say that you've been there, but there is so much more of France to quietly enjoy.


I suppose everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion.

Mine is quite different from the above.
Mont St Michel is a unique place, not an "attraction". No other word could be further away from what Mt St Michel represents than "attraction".
Yes indeed, going along hordes of tourists will ruin the visit. But that does not mean it's best looked a from the distance. For sure it is nice from the distance, but there is so much more to Mont St Michel than picturesque sights and photogenic vistas. The history of the place, the view one has from high above the water, the spirit of this 1000 years old place.
I have walked (with a guide) across the bay then visited the abbey in the late afternoon (after the hordes had left) and let me assure you that it is a memorable experience.

I do agree with the above messages that picking the right time to visit is crucial.
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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby Mike Sales » 5 Feb 2020, 8:17pm

Angstrom wrote:Mont St Michel is a unique place


I have always been struck by the similarity of Mont St. Michel to that other St. Michael's Mount across the Channel.

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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby Angstrom » 6 Feb 2020, 9:03am

Mike Sales wrote:
Angstrom wrote:Mont St Michel is a unique place


I have always been struck by the similarity of Mont St. Michel to that other St. Michael's Mount across the Channel.

Ok then; it's not "unique". Sorry. Ignorance.

Too bad I missed Mount St Michael when I was sailing and did a stop over in Penzance many decades ago, en route to the Scillies ... (from Noirmoutiers, France)
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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby vsmith1 » 6 Feb 2020, 10:46am

I was on the Tour de Manche back in Sep 2019, I was heading from Ducey to St Malo and so had a brief stop at MSM. I found that there was restrictions on the access to the causeway as others have stated. There are bicycle racks and several bikes locked onto them when I arrived.

I really did not want to hang around, catch a shuttle bus, clump about in my cycling shoes, though I did grab a coffee in one of the places at the start of the causeway. So my stop was fairly brief. I agree that the views as I approached the area were stunning. It was like some sort of alien mountain spacecraft (see Krull).

I will return. Maybe in full tourist mode.

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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby Mike Sales » 6 Feb 2020, 11:42am

Angstrom wrote:
Too bad I missed Mount St Michael when I was sailing and did a stop over in Penzance many decades ago, en route for the Scillies ... (from Noirmoutiers, France)


Aren't the Scillies magic? A slowly sinking granite dome, the partly tidal flats between islands scattered with prehistoric walls. The legendary associations with Arthur. I was struck by the inches-thick hairy lichen, due to the pure Atlantic air.
The stories of wrecks, like Sir Cloudesley Shovell.
Submarine rocks, charted as "breaks in heavy weather".
They are a liminal place, beyond and separate from even Cornwall, more belonging to the ocean.
Almost no traffic, but not a favourite place for cycling even so!

We approached from the north, so missed Mount Saint Michael too.

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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby Angstrom » 6 Feb 2020, 1:24pm

Mike Sales wrote:
Angstrom wrote:
Too bad I missed Mount St Michael when I was sailing and did a stop over in Penzance many decades ago, en route to the Scillies ... (from Noirmoutiers, France)


Aren't the Scillies magic?


Yes indeed.
I find islands always special.

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Re: Mont St Michel ?

Postby geocycle » 6 Feb 2020, 1:43pm

Back in 2014 I did the Tor de Manche and stayed at Hotel Verte, Rout de Mont Saint Michel, Le Mount St Michel. Location was good and I used the shuttle to the Mont itself. I went in the evening and got some great views. Seem to remember the hotel was OK and had a mix of camping an motel style accommodation.