ⓘ Vire (river)


ⓘ Vire (river)

The Vire is a river in Normandy, France whose 128 km course crosses the departements of Calvados and Manche, flowing through the towns of Vire, Saint-Lo and Isigny-sur-Mer, finally flowing out into the English Channel. Its main tributaries are the Aure, the Elle and the Souleuvre.

The outflow of the Vire has been canalized and forms the port of Isigny-sur-Mer.

The poets of the Vire valley Vau de Vire are said to have given rise to vaudeville.

Places along the river:

  • Manche 50: Tessy-sur-Vire, Troisgots, Torigni-sur-Vire, Conde-sur-Vire, Sainte-Suzanne-sur-Vire, Saint-Lo, Rampan, Pont-Hebert, La Meauffe, Cavigny
  • Calvados 14: Vire, Pont-Farcy, Isigny-sur-Mer

1. Hydrology and water quality

The generally brownish waters of the Vire are moderately alkaline having been tested by Lumina Tech as pH 8.31. Hogan, 2006 The river waters are relatively turbid, with a Secchi disc measurement of 12 centimetres.