Small towns and villages are spread through the French countryside, and most of them have local walks which they publicise to visitors. These give a real impression of rural life and landscapes as the paths meander between fields, past farmhouses and through woodland.
We were staying for a few days in a tree house (an experience in itself) about 40 km (25 miles) north-east of Le Mans, in the Pays de la Loire region of France. On the western edge of the Parc Regional du Perche, it was characterised by rolling countryside with patches of woodland and hills rising to around 180m (600 ft).
This was all new territory for us, but fortunately the owners of the tree house had provided a detailed information pack which included a leaflet of local walks. I followed two of these during our stay - this story describes one, just 6.5 km long, which can be completed easily in under 2 hours.
- I'll remember most the tranquility of the countryside, far from busy roads
- The best bit was the view south as I passed la Chenée
- Words of advice to others - make sure to take the correct path at le Corbeau
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne - September 2010< Back to France page for links to other stories
|Location||40 km NE of Le Mans, and 14 km NNW of La Fert? Bernard, in the Pays de la Loire, NW France|
|Date walked||25 July 2010|
|Walk type||Countryside and easy hill walks|
|Difficulty||A short walk but requires some stamina and sturdy footwear|
|Distance||6.5 km (4 miles)|
|Height climbed||150m approx|
|Time taken||1 hrs 30 mins|
|Map used||Map in the Rando-Guide No 32 of the Comite Departemental du Tourism, Conseil General de l'Orne: Bellou le Trichard & Saint-Germain de la Coudre|
|Walk source info||As above|
|Places to stay||Tree house at la Renardiere (see website: http://www.perchedansleperche.com/)|