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Hi,

 

Been a while!

 

Can anyone tell me about pedestrian access to the D Day Beaches?

 

SWMBO is mobile (she walks with a stick after a stroke) but cannot cope with multiple elevations.

 

Think along the lines of severe vertigo.

 

We would like to spend some time in 2017 "doing" the D Day Beaches but we have been unable to find information about accessing said beaches by foot.

 

Are the car parks/access points at the same level as the beaches are would we encounter steep dunes etc?

 

Thanks in anticipation.

 

G.

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It's been a dozen or so years since I was there, but from memory, Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches are readily accessible, never got as far as Utah or Omaha, unfortunately, as the boss wanted to go to Bayeux and Caen instead.

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We just drove in the car westwards from Ouistreham ferry port and looked at the beach there through the car window and promptly went into a restaurant for lunch on the seafront at Luc sur Mer. What do you actually want to "do" on the beach. We are too old for paddling. Aren't you?

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Arromanches beach is accessable in places by a ramp (next to the museum) and in other places by steps.

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We just drove in the car westwards from Ouistreham ferry port and looked at the beach there through the car window and promptly went into a restaurant for lunch on the seafront at Luc sur Mer. What do you actually want to "do" on the beach. We are too old for paddling. Aren't you?

Never to old for paddling :)

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We've been out to the beaches several times in recent years. There's not a lot to see actually on the beaches but most are accessible. Omaha beach is a long walk down from the American Cemetery (which is a must see)and obviously the beach at Point du Hoc is inaccessible unless you like abseiling. Utah beach has a good visitor centre as does Point du Hoc and Arromanches. The museum at Pegasus bridge is worth a visit as is Ste Maire Eglise. Theres a new museum at Omaha just up from the cemetery and theres a good eatery at the top of the access road there too.

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We've just spent two weeks at Le Cormoran at Ravenoville Plage.

All the beaches are easily accessible and most of the main exhibition centres as well

Set Marie Eglise is an incredible exhibition and there are many others.

Most sites provide very detailed information of what and where to visit

As a byway, le Cormoran is an excellent site to stay at.

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Thanks all for the pointers.

 

We've decided against going next late spring/early summer with the 'van. . but as we live only 3 miles from Portsmouth Ferry Port we may just pop over for a week and do B&B!

 

Thanks again all. .. seen the parachute at St Marie Eglise when driving past and booked Le Cormoran a couple of years ago. .. but had to change plans at the last minute!!

 

We will "do the beaches" and I will take all of your input into account.

 

Thanks again.

 

G.

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We visited the beaches in 2015 and access was pretty good. We stayed at camping Le Robinson in Collville sur Mer which is ideally placed for the beaches. All the beaches have reasonable vehicle access (as tourist coaches need to get near) with flat access to the beaches.

Starting at the western end the main museum is in St Maire Eglise with the Utah beachs quite a distance away. Access to the beach was soft sand.

There is good access to Omaha beach where the monument Les Braves is and which is visited by the American coach tours however there is a second point of interest on Omaha. Taking the narrow road from Collville sur Mer lead you to a section of beach which is still as it was in 1944, pebble beach backed by high sand dunes. This gives a good impression of what it must have been like in 1944. The beach is easy accessible but the dunes although good pathways are quite steep.

Good parking at Pont du Hoc with good pathways round the site although it is quite a long walk.

Gold, Juno,Sword and Pegasus Bridge all OK.

It was noticeable that the American museums had had more money ploughed into them than the others.

We had ten days there and still missed some things.

Have a good trip.

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We visited the beaches in 2015 and access was pretty good. We stayed at camping Le Robinson in Collville sur Mer which is ideally placed for the beaches. All the beaches have reasonable vehicle access (as tourist coaches need to get near) with flat access to the beaches.

Starting at the western end the main museum is in St Maire Eglise with the Utah beachs quite a distance away. Access to the beach was soft sand.

There is good access to Omaha beach where the monument Les Braves is and which is visited by the American coach tours however there is a second point of interest on Omaha. Taking the narrow road from Collville sur Mer lead you to a section of beach which is still as it was in 1944, pebble beach backed by high sand dunes. This gives a good impression of what it must have been like in 1944. The beach is easy accessible but the dunes although good pathways are quite steep.

Good parking at Pont du Hoc with good pathways round the site although it is quite a long walk.

Gold, Juno,Sword and Pegasus Bridge all OK.

It was noticeable that the American museums had had more money ploughed into them than the others.

We had ten days there and still missed some things.

Have a good trip.

Many thanks. .. most thorough answer yet and we will keep it stored for use when we visit!! Thanks again. G.

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Hi,

 

Been a while!

 

Can anyone tell me about pedestrian access to the D Day Beaches?

 

SWMBO is mobile (she walks with a stick after a stroke) but cannot cope with multiple elevations.

 

Think along the lines of severe vertigo.

 

We would like to spend some time in 2017 "doing" the D Day Beaches but we have been unable to find information about accessing said beaches by foot.

 

Are the car parks/access points at the same level as the beaches are would we encounter steep dunes etc?

 

Thanks in anticipation.

 

G.

We visited last month and I use elbow crutches. I was able to access Omaha beach as there is slope down towards the beach if you turn right. It is opposite the toilets. Utah beach you can walk onto, but is a long way from car park so scooter needed. Not sure about the other beaches though.

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