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Vassy – Valdallière

Vassy, much like Le Bény Bocage, which we have written about here , was merged into the commune of Valdallière in 2016.

By all accounts, Vassy takes its name from the surnames de Vesci and Vesely in England, introduced after the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is in the Calvados region of Normandy. The communes that come under Valdallière are shown below and you can click on the link to discover the villages that sit within the commune of Valdallière:-

 Bernières-le-Patry

Bernières-le-Patry

Burcy

Burcy

Chênedollé

Chênedollé

Le Désert

Le Désert

Estry

Estry

Montchamp

Montchamp

Pierres

Pierres

Presles

Presles

La Rocque

La Rocque

Rully

Rully

Saint-Charles-de-Percy

Saint-Charles-de-Percy

Le Theil-Bocage

Le Theil-Bocage

Vassy

Vassy

Viessoix

Viessoix

 

Vassy is a fairly large town insofar as it has over 1,700 inhabitants. Like Le Bény Bocage it also has a skatebowl park and picnic area. It has a local school with many activities for children and adults alike eg. Judo club, football, a modern library, choir and and an outdoor sport/activity area. It even  has a swimming pool! It’s location is perfectly placed being a 15 minute drive to the larger town of Vire with all the major stores, cinema, another swimming pool and much more!

Another great thing about living in Vassy is your closer proximity to the city of Caen. So whilst having the benefit of being in the countryside, you also have the benefit of visiting the capital of Lower Normandy in under an hour.

In the surrounding areas you will find places of interest and, of course, natural beauty to discover – you will be able to discover the various bridle paths from the individual local mairie communes.

Not only that, this area much like Le Bény Bocage and indeed Normandy itself, is steeped in World War II history.  Nearby in the village of Montchamp you will find a beautiful monument dedicated to the people of Montchamp who resisted the German occupation. The website says this:-

“During the Second World War, the commune of Montchamp was the scene of fierce resistance to the Nazi occupiers.

Unfortunately, the actions of local collaborators, who had reported them to the Gestapo, led to the dramatic arrest of 15 people, who were taken to Caen prison.

The fate of these prisoners was tragic, as they were shot dead on the morning of 6 June 1944 in the same prison. Among them were 10 people from Montchamp, including the mayor.”

In addition, approximately 13km from Vassy, in the village of Saint-Charles-de-Percy, you have the British War Cemetery of over 800 soldiers. This was as a result of the British liberation of the bocage called ‘Operation Bluecoat’. Like all the cemeteries around Normandy, they are beautifully kept and set in equally beautifully surroundings for us to take time to remember.

If you are a keen mountain cyclist – Vassy is the perfect location to go off road and find your favourite trail. We have provided a link to the map of the various trails in the link below. Now for those that may wish to take it a bit easier, you could go and discover the enchanted garden! It has been described as the most beautiful in all of Calvados! At only 3 euros a visit, it really is a wonderful inexpensive way to while away an afternoon.

We hope you enjoyed this insight into the town of Vassy and the surrounding commune that is Valdallière.

Valdallière Commune Website

Swimming Pool

Montchamp – Le Monument aux Déportés et Fusillés

Mountain Bike Trails

Enchanted Gardens

British War Cemetery

 



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