Normandy has everything to appeal to cyclists: its coastal landscape of astonishing variety, its countryside alternating plains, hilly bocage and forests, its historical and cultural heritage, without forgetting its very varied gastronomy. It boasts several places and traditions that are classified or inscribed in the Unesco world heritage list, but also villages classified among the “Most Beautiful Villages of France".
The Orne occupies a geographical position at the crossroads between Normandy and the Pays de la Loire, Brittany and Paris (190 km away). Here, the bicycle, or "la petite reine" as it is known in French , is in its element: from approved mountain biking circuits (FFC) to quiet roads for cycling enthusiasts, not forgetting the original way of discovering the landscapes of the Suisse Normande or Bagnoles de l'Orne by bike rail, your cycle trip will be rewarding and invigorating.
Hills crowned with forests, valleys with sloping fields, paths lined with trees or hedgerows, rivers, ponds… Welcome to Le Perche! From manor houses to castles, from gardens to abbeys, Le Perche is ideal for the rhythm of hiking, cycling or horse riding. On your way back from a walk, enjoy a moment of relaxation by sampling local percheron products.
In the heart of Le Perche Regional Nature Park, nestled on the slope of a hill, Mortagne, now the sub-prefecture, was the administrative capital of Le Perche during the last centuries of the monarchy. Its rich heritage makes it a city not to be missed with its mansions, museums, the church of Notre-Dame, the Saint-François convent, the Saint-André crypt etc.