Challenging alternative route
29,03 Km
1 h 56 min
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29,03 km cycling route from Alençon to Carrouges

This is doubtless the most challenging stage along the whole Veloscenic cycle route, but it offers fine views over Écouves Forest and a majestic end at Carrouges. You ride along small roads through the Pays d'Alençon area until you come to the ChĂąteau de Carrouges, headquarters of the Parc Naturel RĂ©gional Normandie-Maine, and a place where you can find local produce to sample.

Elevation of the stage

147 m 337 m

Waytypes of the stage

By road: 29,03 km

Surface of the stage

Inconnu: 29,03 km

💡 On this stage, you’re taking one of two alternative routes between Alençon and Bagnoles de l'Orne.

đŸšČ Stage description and details:

Leaving Alençon, you ride along a mix of small streets and cycle lanes. Going from the town centre, be careful not to follow signposting in the direction of Le Mont – Paris, which might cause you to head off in the wrong way. Leaving from the square in front of the basilica, exit the pedestrian zone via the southwest corner and turn left on Rue du Val Noble. 

Once out of town, you ride along quite hilly small country roads taking you on a meandering route to Carrouges. OK, so this is no doubt the most physically demanding stage on the whole Veloscenic cycle route, but the landscapes make it worth the effort! 

⭐ Don’t miss:

  • Alençon: The ChĂąteau des Ducs d’Alençon; the MusĂ©e des Beaux Arts (on fine arts); the Maison de Sainte-ThĂ©rĂšse (the 19th-century saint’s birthplace); the basilica; the circular Halle aux Grains; the Parc des Promenades; and the Maison d'OzĂ© – these are the most remarkable sites in this charming town that has also been recognized by UNESCO for its historic needle-point lace-making traditions. For further information, see more details under the stage covering Le MĂȘle-sur-Sarthe / Alençon.
  • La Roche-Mabile: the church in this typical little village, one of the oldest in the dĂ©partement (French county) of Orne, the feudal motte and bailey castle in the process of being restored, and the intriguing La Cassine Chapel, all merit that you get off your bike to take a look! 
  • Carrouges
    • The ChĂąteau de Carrouges: a splendid castle built out of brick and granite between the 14th and 17th centuries, making for a mix of defensive medieval architecture, elegant Renaissance features and sober neo-classical ones.
    • The Maison du Parc Naturel RĂ©gional Normandie-Maine, a stone’s throw from the chĂąteau, offers both a museum space, a reception area with tourist information point, a shop selling local produce and picnic tables in the orchard outside.

🍮 Food and drink en route:

Please note, except in Alençon, this stage offers few spots at which to stock up on provisions, especially on Sundays or public holidays. 

  • Alençon: with many food and drink stores and markets on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.
  • Carrouges: just a few food and drink stores (do check on opening days), plus a market on Wednesday mornings on Place Leveneur.

💡 Bring up Accueil Velo accredited restaurants by clicking on the 🍮 icon on the map. De-select "only show accueil velo accredited services" to view further possibilities.

🚆 Train stations nearby:

  • Gare d'Alençon (take care on the link when crossing the D112 road)

💡 Also see our section on reaching the veloscenic cycle route, including conditions for taking a bicycle on board trains.

Accommodation on the stage

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