One of the most popular sites in Upper Normandy, the white chalk cliffs of Etretat are a sight not to be missed. This out-and-back run takes you along the coast with breathtaking views of the impressive coastline. Along the way, you'll enjoy various viewpoints of three impressive natural arches along with stunning views across the English Channel.
Need to Know
Use caution when running along the cliff edges. For more information on the area as well as thing to do in the town of Etretat, visit the town's website.
From the coastal town of Etretat, hop on a short boardwalk stroll along the white pebble beach of Eretat. In the warmer months, the beach is a very popular destination so expect it to be busy. From the beach, you can spot two arches—Falaise Amont to the northeast and Falaise Aval to the southwest.
From the beach, the wide path starts at the climbing steadily up to the top of Falaise Aval. From here, you get the added bonus of a view of Aiguille, a 70-meter tall chalk spire jutting from the water.
The path continues along the grass-covered tops of the rocky coastline. Next up is the Manneporte, a large natural arch perhaps best known from the paintings of Claude Monet. You can turn around here or continue on to the Pointe de la Courtine for more fabulous coastal views of the white cliffs towering above the Atlantic.
The path follows the GR21, a long distance running trail that continues both east and south of the run marked here. Add on some mileage of come back for a second outing if you are in the area longer.