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Carrouges / Bagnoles-de-l'Orne

[ Cycle routes Veloscenic, Paris <> Mont-St-Michel ] [ The Pays d'Alençon Area ]
  • 23.7 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

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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Itinerary

You follow small roads up until Bagnoles; then you join a cycle track along the edge of the forest. Signposting in place in Orne except in the town of Domfront center. Services for cyclists are all too rare between Carrouges and Bagnoles. 

TIC

Bagnoles de l’Orne : +33 2 33 37 85 66

Carrouges : la Maison du Parc Normandie-Maine : +33 2 33 81 75 75

 

Not to be missed

Bagnoles :  The Thermal Spa Resort– The Arboretum – The Retired Garden – Ferté-Macé's forest – The detached houses "Belle Époque"

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Lancelot du Lac's Forest

Les Andaines Forest is made up of pine, oak and beech woods and includes many remarkable sights. Bonvouloir Tower, a remnant of a 15th-century castle, provides wide views over the forest. Other places to aim for include the Vallée de la Tour Lake, the Villiers Gorges, with their hot spring, the little St Anthony's Chapel and the Hippolyte Oak, the forest's oldest tree. Plus legend has it that Lancelot du Lac, famed knight of King Arthur's Round Table, was born here.

 

 

 

The Thermal Spa Resort of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne

The warm springs of the spa town of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne were said to rejuvenate those who drank them. One story has it that an aged monk took a sip and could suddenly jump over the big rocks in Les Andaines Forest. The springs' benefits were recognized long ago, but only became famous in the 19th century, when the baths were built, along with Belle Epoque villas. Since then, the place, which specializes in treating rheumatism, has been much sought after.

 

 

 

 

 

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