Flers / Domfront La Vélo Francette: Normandy / Atlantic by bike
Elevation of the stage
Waytypes of the stage
Surface of the stage
Leaving from Flers station, the route soon takes you on to the greenway, which you join at Fumeçon. This track is smooth and compact and so easy to cycle along. Do take care though when crossing the motorised roads along the way.
To join the centre of Domfront town and its tourist office, which stand on a rocky outcrop over 70m above the surrounding countryside, join the signposted La Véloscénie cycle route and dismount if necessary. The way up to the old town is very steep, but the historic centre and the views make the detour worthwhile.
SNCF Train Services
Flers station: on the regional TER line Paris/Granville – Stops at: l’Aigle, Surdon, Argentan, Briouze, Flers
Line n°25 - Flers > Saint-Bomer-les-Forges > Domfront > Lonlay-l’Abbaye
Cap Orne - www.orne.fr/node/1254: +33 (0)2 33 81 61 95. Bicycles can be put in the hold if there is sufficient room. Check with the transport company beforehand: +33 (0)2 33 65 61 61 www.vtni61.fr
Flers: Wednesdays and Saturdays
Flers: In the heart of town, the château grounds stretch across 7 hectares around a lake, offering a quiet spot for a walk or a pause in the centre of town.
La Maison du Fer: On a visit to the Maison du Fer de Dompierre, learn about the history of iron ore mining in the Normandy county of Orne since medieval times. The mining heritage in the area’s bocage (characterized by land divided up by ancient hedgrerows) is quite exceptional, both historically and architecturally.
Domfront: Built as a medieval citadel, the historic heart of town stands 70m above the Varenne River. The powerful ruins of the keep help recall the fact that this fort was ordered at the start of the 12th century by Henri Beauclerc. William the Conqueror’s youngest son, he became King Henry I of England in 1100, then also Duke of Normandy. The defences here were built to guard the southern frontier of his Norman duchy.
Guided tours possible. Tel: +33 (0)2 33 38 53 97
- Notre-Dame-sur-l’Eau Church, dating from the 11th and 12th centuries.
- Saint-Julien Church, in Neo-Byzantine style…