The origin of the name of Clécy is mentioned in 860 in an act of Charles the Bald. Over the centuries, we find, in different scriptures, the name of Clécy.
In the village of "la Garde" on the Bô, legend reports that a battle was fought by the English. It gave its name to a village of Clécy on the other bank. The Pont de la Bataille is located on a very old road, maybe the ancient way coming from Lisieux and going towards Avranches. The Battle is also known for its spinning mill built on the foundations of the ancient 15th century mill. This establishment was the most important of the six spinning mills in Clécy. It was founded by one of the Condé spinners, Mr. Delivet. It is in ruins now.
Clécy is today a lively town with shops and tourism. Economic activity is bolstered by the dairy production plant.
The Orne River has carved dramatic meanders and gorges into the rocks of the area known as La Suisse Normande, or Norman Switzerland. The highest heights in these parts reach over 1,000 feet, making these the most elevated spots in Normand.
Sports enthusiasts will find plenty to amuse them in La Suisse Normande. The river attracts canoeists, amateurs and professional - the area even hosted the canoe polo world championships in 2014. Angling is another popular, quieter pursuit on the water. The rocks above attract rock-climbers, while hiking possibilities are numerous.
Other activities nearby include:
Musée du Chemin de Fer Miniature.
Set in a disused quarry between village and river, this model railway centre is packed with fascinating details. There's also a mini train on which to take a short ride.
Distance from campsite - 40km (45 mins by car)
Plenty of parking along roads and a few small car parks around the village.
A few good resturants can be found in the village and surrounding areas.
There is a small supermarket, bakers and a butcher's and a summer market every Sunday morning in July and August in Clécy
CLECY GLISS : Luge en Normandie
Enjoy the fun of a ride down on a single-track summer sled in the heart of Suisse Normande in Calvados.
Boats rental - Beau Rivage
On the water: rental of canoe-kayak, pedal boat, boats and electric boats.
Golf de Clécy.
18-hole golf course, atypical and hilly course. View of Norman Switzerland and guaranteed challenge.
SOUS LES ÈTOILES NORMANDIE is a family run campsite in the village of St Martin des Besaces, Calvados, offering camping and caravanning. Perfectly situated for exploring the undulating picturesque countryside, tasting renowned cheeses, sampling sparkling cider and of course, the famous Calvados.