Crossing the Bay of Mont-St-Michel

A hike to discover the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel.

Mont-St.-Michel is a gem that is worth the trip, its visit takes half a day, but if you have time you can walk to the mount through the Bay to see all its facets. The classic crossing begins in the Bec d'Andaines, the place includes parking lot where you can leave your car. Beware you must check the tide times, it is difficult to make the round trip during low tide, and it is impossible to return with high tide. During the walk the sea is still there and you can put your feet in the water. You can choose to make the round trip (6 h walk) but it can also be interesting to go with a company that takes you by bus from Mont-St-Michel and that takes you to the beak of Andaine. Anyway if you do not know the region it is interesting to go with a guide, he'll tell you the tide schedule and he'll explain the flora and fauna of the bay.

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Duration: 4 h.

Nearby Mont-Saint-Michel

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Nearby Mont-Saint-Michel
You can see the goal of the walk : the Mont Saint-Michel, on the foreground the islet of Tombelaine.

The transhumance

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The transhumance
During summer hundreds of tourists cross the Bay at the same time.

The immensity of the Bay

The immensity of the Bay
The guide will tell you about the famous question "is the tide goes as fast as a galloping horse?". According to him the fact that the Bay is not flat (ascent, descent) can increase the speed of the rising waters.

The Bay at low tide

The Bay at low tide
The other classic issue is the question about the shifting sands. You can see some on the bay.

Tombelaine rock

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Tombelaine rock
You passe next to the islet, it was occupied for a time by the English who had built a fort in the 15th century.

A river crossing

A river crossing
'The crossing is fun, you''ll get wet when you''ll cross small streams of water.'

Arrival

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Arrival
This is the end of the hike.

Mont from the sea

Mont from the sea
At the end of the crossing the Mont-Saint-Michel can be seen from this unusual angle.

The mont surrounded by water

The mont surrounded by water
The crossing is not possible at high tide. Here we see the mont surrounded by water. That happens only a few days during the high tides.
Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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