Vire (river)

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Vire River looking South from the 'Pont' in Pont-Farcy towards Sainte Marie Outre L'Eau (27 May 2008).jpg
Vire at Pont-Farcy.
Native nameLa Vire  (French)
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationNormandy
 ⁃ elevation300 m (980 ft)
 ⁃ location
English Channel
 ⁃ coordinates
49°21′24″N 1°7′13″W / 49.35667°N 1.12028°W / 49.35667; -1.12028 (English Channel-Vire)Coordinates: 49°21′24″N 1°7′13″W / 49.35667°N 1.12028°W / 49.35667; -1.12028 (English Channel-Vire)
Length128 km (80 mi)
Basin size1,240 km2 (480 sq mi)

The Vire is a river in Normandy, France whose 128 km course crosses the départements of Calvados and Manche, flowing through the towns of Vire, Saint-Lô 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.[1]

Places along the river:

Hydrology and water quality[edit]

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.

Historical Significance[edit]

At the turn of the 10th century, the territorial lands of the Kingdom of Brittany had been expanded up to the Vire by their king Alan I.


  1. ^ Burke, James (September 2, 2003). An Invisible Object (Connections3 DVD). Ambrose Video Publishing, Inc.