La Roche d’Oëtre is worth a special detour! La Vélo Francette here forces you to tackle a very demanding part of La Suisse Normande; the amusing nickname for this hilly area, Norman Switzerland, makes some sense here! Passing along often very steep country roads, the typical Normandy landscapes divided by hedgerows are a delight before you reach the town of Flers and its château.
SNCF Train Services
Flers train 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 may be allowed in the hold, if there is sufficient space for them. Check in advance with the transport company: +33 (0)2 33 65 61 61 www.vtni61.fr
Pont-d'Ouilly: Guinguettes (riverside restaurants) on the banks of the Orne River
La Roche d’Oëtre: La Roche d’Oëtre boasts one of the most magnificent viewpoints in northwest France. Listed as an Espace Naturel Sensible (an environmentally protected area), set in the oldest (if worn down) mountain range in Europe, from its 118m-high summit, take in grand views of the Rouvre’s wooded gorges. www.roche-oetre.fr
Maison de la Rivière et du Paysage: At the entrance to the Rouvre Gorges, these two centres dedicated to this special site cover several hectares, lying within an exceptional, protected environmental area where remarkable species thrive. A listed Espace Naturel Sensible, the site enables you to learn much about the specific natural environment here. www.cpie61.fr
La Carneille: this village built on both sides of the Gine Valley is set amidst further gorges and presents a lovely architectural ensemble, with its 17th- and 18th-century houses, its lanes, its church with a striking bell-tower and its historic butter market. www.roche-doetre.fr/IMG/pdf/circuit_dec_la_carneille.pdf
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.