Your hostess will be delighted to help you make reservations. It is preferable to make reservations for the following activities well in advance and for some of them the tides have to be taken in account.
Ian, François, Christophe and Romain, “our” qualified guides, can take you out on private and/or spiritual crossings of the Bay towards the Mount and its sister island Tombelaine.
Ian Wood: http://www.seakayak-fr.com/ 06 08 77 04 37 firstname.lastname@example.org
François Lamotte d’Argy (can also take you out fowl hunting in his “gabion” ) 06 46 17 75 13
Romain Pilon: http://www.labaiecderomain.fr/
Daniel and Michel can take you across to the Mount and Tombelaine on horse back (for riders with some experience).
Michel also organises beautiful rides on the beach on his trustworthy, healthy horses and ponies for riders of all levels and ages. Please specify your level(s) and bring adapted horse boots or low horse boots with a little heel (we do not advise sneakers for security reasons), riding hats can be provided by Michel (or these supplies can be bought in the sports and hunting store near Avranches).
Claire teaches children on her ponies in her pony club and takes them out to the beach as well.
Estelle will be able to teach adults and children (dressage and jumping) and take them out around her more inland located club.
All these “horsy people” are personal acquaintances and friends, tried and selected by your hostess for their professional concern with rider safety and horse well being. Your hostess, an English speaking horse nut might be able to accompany you in your horse adventures if you do not feel confident enough with your French.
Ian Wood (an Englishman!) will also take you out to sea kayak and visit the oyster parks around Chausey, the beautiful nearest Channel Island http://www.seakayak-fr.com/
In the next village up the coast (Dragey) you can fly a ULA with Didier, a very experienced pilot, to circle the Mount or otherwise discover this utterly scenic area “from above”.
Tips for a good Bay crossing
If you want to cross the Bay please keep the following in mind: the bay is a changing moving world on its own where quick sands still claim their victims (help by helicopter is the only possibility but the Bay is so vast that one needs to be able to call the rescue teams who do not patrol on a regular basis). Crossing or even wandering in the Bay without a professional guide is not advisable at all. The quicksand patches are tricky and really difficult to detect for those who are not highly familiar with them. Even with a guide you might find yourself on all fours crawling in the mud before you know it, better not wear your camera or cellular around your neck unless they are waterproof or protected from water.
Most hikers and pilgrims prefer taking off their shoes after a while. The marine clay mud (“tangue” in French) is excellent for your health and barefoot one treads it much more easily. It is a good idea to bring a plastic bag to wrap your shoes before you tuck them away in your back pack: they will most probably already bear some marine mud stains when you will decide to take them off. Before one enters the soft sand and clay, one has to walk in the “herbus”, the grassy lands. They do not feel as nice to the bare feet as the “tangue”, which is why most people keep their shoes on for a while at least. During the winter season knee high rubber boots are needed.
When the weather is cold, neoprene shoes and shorties are a good choice, especially since one might have to wade across shallow rivers (shorts or bathing suit bottoms are a good choice whatever the weather may be). In any case, bring a change of clothes, a small towel, bottled water, healthy snacks, sun protection and warm layered clothes as you will be as exposed to the elements as you would be at sea.
All of your paraphernalia will have to fit in a back pack; you will need both hands free. Now you are ready for a memorable and highly enjoyable adventure in the Bay of the Mont Saint Michel!