Many have gotten into troubles around these waters through the centuries and many saw their ships wrecked here. Some of them drowned in the raging tides of the Raz Blanchard current, while others didn't survive the crashes of their ship, being ripped apart on the sharp submerged cliffs of Cap la Hague. At low tide, you can see the pins and razorsharp edges of the rocks here and then can easily imagine what a 12 knots current can do with a ship that is pushed upon them at high tide. Near Goury is the monument for those who found out the hard way and didn't survive their ill faith.
Goury is, besides a little fishermen's harbour, above all a safe haven for ships that are lost in the Raz Blanchard current that roams the waters around Cap la Hague. The port is dry at low tide, but the ships are lifted when the tide roles back in again. Near the port a octangular building houses the special boat of the Goury safeguards, that have been specially trained to rescue sailors that are endangered because of the Raz Blanchard and cannot reach the harbour in time. Only very experiences skippers can then safe their boat, most will run aground or worse, see their beloved boat shredded by the tragerous sharp rocks just below the waterline.
The lighthouse of Cap la Hague, sticks out high above the (dangerous) rocks at the most Nort-Western point of the Cotentin peninsula and is the most remarkable building in Goury. However, visiting the lighthouse is out of the question, as it can not be reached on foot (and I definately not recommend anyone to swim towards it, because of the dangerous current in this place. When you want to visit and climb a lighthouse, visit my "Gatteville" VT-pages, as this lighthouse (on the other side of the peninsula) is opened for public and one of the highest in the world!
In June/July 2006 we had a 9 day driving holiday in France. We caught a car ferry from Dover to Calais, drove down through Normandy, popped into Brittany and then caught the ferry back to Dover from Boulogne-sur-Mer.
We chose to take our own car over, as the cost of the ferry and petrol was significantly cheaper than flying from London and hiring a car in France. I also feel a lot more comfortable travelling in our own car as opposed to a hire car.
The only negative thing about driving our car in France is that it is a right hand drive car, and French cars are left hand drive, which means that tolls/tickets machines etc are on the wrong side of the car for the driver to operate…luckily I was able to assist in these duties from the passenger seat, but I do feel sorry for the solo traveller in these situations.
Driving in France is great. The roads are good and the sign posting is excellent. You can hoon along on the wide tollways/freeways, or travel along pretty coastal roads, soaking up the atmosphere of the French countryside. Just remember which side of the road you have to drive on if you come over from the UK.
To get to Goury, take the D901 from Cherbourg, about a 30 min drive, drive through the town of Auderville and you will arrive in Goury at the end of the road.