The Appalachian Trail Conservancy also has a comprehensive breakdown of all your different options.With wild, dramatic coastlines, medieval towns, and a bounty of fresh-caught seafood, Normandy and Brittany are perfect for our hiking and cultural adventure.Reading their firsthand accounts before you start enables you to learn from other people's mistakes and their words of wisdom. "Thru-hiking," or going from end to end, isn't the only way to experience the trail."If you don't have the free time to do it as a thru-hike, I would encourage people to explore the possibility of day hiking," Doyle says.Our journey ends with a spectacular coastal walk along the Côte Sauvage, with its windswept line of cliffs braving the Atlantic waves. On the south coast of Brittany, Hotel Le Diana has a seafront location just across from Carnac beach, with panoramic views, comfortable rooms, and an outdoor swimming pool.The breakfast buffet can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace.If you're interested in hiking the trail, reach out to people who have hiked it before and are willing to talk frankly about the factor that age played in their experience. It's certainly not about competing with other hikers — or the trail itself.
If you think you're ready to try it out, here are a few things to consider. Plenty of people hike the trail after 50; in fact, the average age of Doyle's last hiking group was 56.
After viewing the thousand-year-old Bayeux Tapestry, housed in an 18th century seminary, we head out to Ponte du Hoc, the high cliffs between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach.
To experience the dramatic D-Day landing sites, we’ll walk the evocative trails, passing German bunkers and shell holes. Michel, an unforgettable hike brings us across tidal flats (conditions permitting) to Mont St. On Brittany’s ravishing Côte d’Émeraude, we hike to Cancale, home to the tastiest oysters in Brittany (which we’ll sample, of course! The Villa Lara in charming Bayeux is a small, boutique hotel with elegant rooms and a wonderful location that offers a stunning view of the famous Bayeux Cathedral.
"You have to learn how to flow with the trail rather than fight with it." Know your limits. Take shorter hikes to prepare, and pay attention to what your body can handle.
Being honest about your physical limitations can save you time, money and energy down the line.