Walking to the Mount and making the most of the view

(Re)discover the landscape and gaze out at the surroundings during the walk across to the town 

The project aiming to restore Mont-Saint-Michel's maritime character has given added value to the walk between the mainland and the town. An all-new experience awaits visitors.

A dyke section (1,187 yards long), slightly set off to the East, now leads to a walkway bridge (831 yards). This gives the walkway a renewed maritime feeling, and a ford (131 yards long) leads to the village year-round, except when tidal coefficients are higher than 110 (a few hours a year). The Mount then becomes an island, set in the middle of its original backdrop...

Specially designed paths for pedestrians

Starting from the parking area, several paths can be taken to make the most of the site's landscapes and of an all-new view of Mont-Saint-Michel. It takes about 50 minutes to walk from the shuttle bus stop to Mont-Saint-Michel.

All three paths first lead to the Dam (place du Barrage), before heading on to the new walkway that takes you to the Rock.

- Eastern path: Lisière

This path, called "La Lisière", offers an incredible view of the Mount. You can walk along a well-kept and tree-lined pedestrian path, accessible to all.

- Western path: Couesnon embankment

The "Western" path takes you to the Mount via the Couesnon river banks. This path will first take you to the Mont-Saint-Michel Dam, one of the main focus points associated with the restoration of the site's maritime character, due to its hydraulic nature and architecture.

- The central path: "Mont-Saint-Michel"

This path will lead you through the Mont-Saint-Michel hamlet (previously the Caserne), where you can find restaurants, hotels and a supermarket.

From the Dam to Mont-Saint-Michel

Those who enjoy walking can carry on by foot towards the wooden planking that forms the dyke's walkway, but others may decide to climb aboard the free 'Passeur' shuttle bus...