cahagnes, Normandy

Three Roses - and a Rampant Lion

Cahagnes Coat of Arms



Cahagnes is a commune  in  the Calvados region of the Normandy bocage, with a population of around 1400. A rural area renowned for it's Dujardin Cider, organic milk and dairy products, poultry, cattle, and horse-riding.

 Within reach easy reach of Cahagnes, major  tourist attractions include the Bayeux Tapestry (Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux) (23 km), D-Day Landing Beaches (32 km), Memorial de Caen (34 km), and Coutances Cathedral (49 km) . 

Britanny Ferries have three sailings a day between Portsmouth and Caen.The closest airport to Cahagnes is Deauville Airport (74 km).  Dinard Airport (110 km) has scheduled and holiday charter services from the UK

Cahagnes has1379 inhabitants. A lot of them live in one of the 50 hamlets located up to 4 km from the centre. Most residents  now work now in nearby towns : Caen, St Lô, Vire, Bayeux,…

The “Commune” is part of CALVADOS district, itself part of BASSE NORMANDY county. Basse Normandy and Haute Normandy (Rouen area) will be united in the coming months.Marcel Bonnevalle has been Mayor since 1984.

Cahagnes is located 8 km from Villers-Bocage (where most commercial activities can be found) and 30 mn from the center of CAEN.


Traces of an important bronze age village with twenty big circular houses were found 20 years ago when excavating before building the motorway.

 From the Middle Ages, Cahagnes grew to be an important village, up to 2000 people were living here in 1800.

Cahagnes’s old church dated of 14th century was destroyed by German forces before they retreated on 28th of July 1944.


 The new church was consecrated in 1966.


The village was bombed and largely destroyed during the Battle of Normandy, 

Cahagnes was liberated on 31st of July 1944 by the 43rd British Infantry Division.


Cahagnes has everything of a typical Norman bocage village :


Milking cows or beefs pasture on the green fields for the pleasure of the lucky ramblers who could discover the famous view of norman cows under apple trees. (It is just nearby the smaller military cemetery where British Lieutenant James Marshall Cornwall is buried .


Cahagnes is in the norman traditions with the organic dairy « Vrai » [2] producing the well-known fresh cream, or with some farmers making their soft white cheese for the local markets.


Along with these activities, several poultry farms are implemented with their own slaugther house.


Normandie county has also a long story of stud farms, which has been recognized this year with the organisation of the world equestrian games at Caen.


In Cahagnes, two equestrian centres enjoy the youngest as the oldest. 


Cahagnes had its own cider works founded by Ernest DUJARDIN in 1926, it has been sold to a big multi-national company before being recently closed.


But smaller farms still propose cider, pommeau and calvados and other home-made spirits such as famous Calvados around Cahagnes in the “Traditional road” [3].


Two organic market garderners also take place on the territory.


Cahagnes has not only rural activities, but is also a good area for craftman implementation: leveller, carpenter, builder, electrician, plumber, metal worker and landscaper are installed in our village.


From citizen side, Cahagnes is a pleasant village to live at any age, thanks to the presence of few shops and people care services, but also thank to the dynamism of the various associations.


Shops : proxy market, hair dressers, repair garages, pharmacy, post office.


 People care services : medical house, services that can be offered to person in need.


Rebuilded church with a mass every Sunday.


Associations :


School comittee


LAC (Leisure At Cahagnes) : village library, kid camps,


Sport  : football, cycle ride, tennis, badmington, gym


Twinning club with Horsted Keynes


Feast comity


Hunting club


Senior club


War veterans club


Arts : painting club


At last, Cahagnes is a place for hosting tourist with its camping and pond for fishing, many B&B. [5]


The village is well centered to visit D-Day museum and beaches, Mt Saint Michel (1 hour), Bayeux (30mn), Caen (30 mn).










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