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Souleuvre valley
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationla Lamerie, Montchamp
 ⁃ coordinates48°55?41?N 0°43?08?W / 48.9281°N 0.7189°W / 48.9281; -0.7189
 ⁃ elevation190 m (620 ft)
 ⁃ location
Vire, Campeaux, Carville
 ⁃ coordinates
48°56?57?N 0°53?36?W / 48.9491°N 0.8934°W / 48.9491; -0.8934Coordinates: 48°56?57?N 0°53?36?W / 48.9491°N 0.8934°W / 48.9491; -0.8934
 ⁃ elevation
74 m (243 ft)
Length18.3 km (11.4 mi)
Basin size120 km2 (46 sq mi)
 ⁃ average1.57 m3/s (55 cu ft/s) (Carville)[1]
Basin features
ProgressionVire-> English Channel
SourceGéoportail, Sandre

La Souleuvre is an 18.3 km long right affluent of the Vire in Normandy.


It crops at Montchamp near the hamlets of Lamerie, la Druerie and la Saffrie, 9 km to the east of Le Bény-Bocage and arrives at Le Tourneur where, having been rejoined by several affluents, it runs along the bed of a steep westwards pictorial valley, formed from the cambrian syncline of la zone bocaine. It lies in the bocage virois.

It joins the Vire, at the northern limit of Carville and Sainte-Marie-Laumont. It then runs westwards through les gorges de la Vire.


Its basin lies between those of la Drôme (north), l'Orne (west) and l'Allière (south).[2] Its confluence with the Vire lies west of the basin.

It has 3 main affluents on its right bank: the Blandouit (6,3 km), joined by the Rubec (5.9 km) at Saint-Pierre-Tarentaine the Courbençon (9,5 km) at Tourneur the Roucamps (14,4 km) between Le Tourneur and La Ferrière-Harang.

La Souleuvre and la Vire along with le Rubec and the Blandouit form a digging axe in the bocain syncline shaping a pictural valley ending in les gorges de la Vire.


Montchamp, Saint-Charles-de-Percy, Montchauvet, Le Bény-Bocage, Saint-Pierre-Tarentaine, Le Tourneur, Carville, La Ferrière-Harang, Campeaux

Souleuvre valley

Taureau bridge
  • Le viaduc de la Souleuvre : inspired by the art of Gustave Eiffel, its metal duct was destroyed in 1970. One of the pillars is a bungee platform still.
  • Taureau bridge (2 km downstream) : named after "The Black Bull", emblem of the British 11th Armoured Division, which crossed the bridge during Operation Bluecoat on July 31, 1944. It was surprisingly ignored by the Allies and German surveillance.
  • Les gorges de la Vire : the prolongation of la vallée de la Souleuvre.


The Souleuvre basin is a Natura 2000 marked site, namely for its white-clawed crayfish and sculpin population,[3] as well as European brook lamprey and Atlantic salmon.


  1. ^ Banque Hydro - Station I5053010 - La Souleuvre à Carville (Synthèse)
  2. ^ Géoportail
  3. ^ "Natura 2000 : Fiche du site FR2500117 (BASSIN DE LA SOULEUVRE)". Retrieved 2012.

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