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‘Veloscenic’, a truly spectacular cycle route!

  • 230 km

Along over 140 miles of this cycle route in Normandy, you’ll see the best that Normandy has to offer from an architectural and landscape point of view: the Perche hills, the town of d’Alençon, the chateau of Carrouges and the thermal spa of Bagnoles-de-l’Orne, not to mention the natural parks of the Perche and of Normandy-Maine. At the end of this spectacular journey, you’ll reach the spectacular Mont Saint-Michel.

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  • Nogent-le-Rotrou / Rémalard

    Nogent-le-Rotrou / Rémalard [17 km]

    At the start of this stage of La Véloscénie you follow undulating little forest roads. Then you join the greenway from Condé-sur-Huisne to Alençon, cycling beside the Huisne River. Enjoy the total peace and quiet of this long country section up to Rémalard.

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  • Rémalard / Mortagne-au-Perche

    Rémalard / Mortagne-au-Perche [23.3 km]

    Continue along the greenway hugging the Huisne River and cross through the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional du Perche. In many places, perhaps half-hidden by trees, you'll spot a typical old manor or restored mill. All told, this is one of the most enchanting stages along La Véloscénie.

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  • Mortagne-au-Perche / Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe

    Mortagne-au-Perche / Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe [15.4 km]

    La Véloscénie continues along the greenway from Condé-sur-Huisne to Alençon. You just swap the Parc Naturel Régional du Perche for the adjoining Parc Naturel Régional Normandie-Maine, just before Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe. The lake here provides a refreshing halt, one that children greatly appreciate.

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  • Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe / Alençon

    Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe / Alençon [23.1 km]

    You're on a greenway for this stage of La Véloscénie, with just a short stretch on roads to take you through hamlets around the A 28 motorway and another to reach Alençon town centre. A delightful trail leads through the Bourse Forest, beside the Vésone River.

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  • Alençon / Carrouges

    Alençon / Carrouges [30.5 km]

    La Véloscénie meanders along quiet roads through the Pays d'Alençon area up to the Château de Carrouges, headquarters of the Normandie-Maine Park. Enjoy delightful views onto Ecouves Forest before the challenging stretch to reach Carrouges, only suitable for the fit!

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  • Carrouges / Bagnoles-de-l'Orne

    Carrouges / Bagnoles-de-l'Orne [23.7 km]

    You alternate between quiet country roads and portions taking you through forests before arriving at Bagnoles-de-l'Orne. This pretty Norman thermal spa resort sits in a very green setting and will happily cater to exhausted cyclists ! Follow a treatment and you may head off reinvigorated !

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  • Bagnoles-de-l'Orne / Domfront

    Bagnoles-de-l'Orne / Domfront [21 km]

    This stage takes you through beautiful, quintessential Normandy countryside, with traditional hedgerows, apple orchards and woods. You cycle along quiet roads, one like a balcony overlooking Les Andaines Forest.

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  • Domfront / Barenton

    Domfront / Barenton [17.7 km]

    The exit from Domfront isn't easy, with a steep slope and a lot of traffic. However, La Véloscénie then joins a greenway, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful, typical Bocage Normand countryside, particularly beside the Sélune River.

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  • Barenton / Mortain

    Barenton / Mortain [14.4 km]

    The village of Mortain stands out on its hillside at the heart of the green Bocage Normand area. It also stands at the crossroads of La Véloscénie and Le Tour de Manche cycle routes. This stage of La Véloscénie is almost entirely on greenways, except for the unavoidable link to Mortain.

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  • Mortain / St-Hilaire-du-Harcouët

    Mortain / St-Hilaire-du-Harcouët [14.9 km]

    The enchanting Cance waterfalls are a focal point of the powerful local terrain, carving between steep hills, an untamed heart of ‘Armorican Normandy’. The greenway then heads towards St-Hilaire which precedes your arrival in the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel.

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  • St-Hilaire-du-Harcouët / Ducey

    St-Hilaire-du-Harcouët / Ducey [19 km]

    Stronghold between Brittany, Cotentin and the Loire country, St Hilaire du Harcouët offers many activities during the summer around the Prieuré lakes. This stage of la Véloscénie and the Petit Tour de Manche, travelling along a greenway, is full of life.

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  • Ducey / Mont-Saint-Michel

    Ducey / Mont-Saint-Michel [31.1 km]

    The final stage of la Véloscénie and a spectacular resting point on the Tour de Manche, where the greenway rolls all the way to the mouth of the Sélune. From there on, as you travel on shared roads, you can indulge in a feast for the eyes: Mont-Saint-Michel rises up, a colourful panorama, set like a jewel in the circle of the bay.

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