Hiking with pack-donkeys
Formerly, in all the communes, there were many ways
between the fields, wood .... scattered in the nature.
A lot of ways have disappeared with the development of the farms
or with the land consolidation. It was necessary to have more exploitable
surface and to facilitate the mechanization.
The ways which have disappeared were abandoned a long time ago.
However over the past few years, the local communities realise the
importance of these ways for tourism and appreciate the love of
excursions by pedestrian and equestrian, VTT and of course the walkers
with their donkeys.
Consideration has been given to increasing requests for the reinstatement
of these ways, which will play a big part in the development of
tourism in these areas.
Why hike with a donkey?
- No bags on your back: your donkey is equiped with a pack for
the excursion and will be pleased to carry your bags, equipment
- Moreover, you will have a friend for your excursion
- He could be ride by a young child who can not walk all the day
With training, your donkey can walk 20 to 30 kilometers per day,
You can have one day excursion, a weekend, or more however long
It should be known that Jacques Clouteau, a famous writer about
his excursions with his donkey, has realized long walk, among other
the journey between the Mont Saint-Michel and Venice with his donkey.
Your donkey will find without problem its food along the ways.
If you make an excursion for several days, you will not have a problem
to find accommodation for your donkey for one night in a field.
The Cotentin donkey is an ideal size for excursions; easy to handle,
it is able to carry approximately 40 kg without problem at four
years of age. It should be noted that an excursion with donkey is
not to carry an adult.
There are two kinds of packsaddle, which different advantages: