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Family cycling trip through the Orne countryside

With castles, treasure hunts, farm visits and Normandy product tastings, your children will adore discovering the colourful Orne countryside by bicycle! Here is our route suggestion:


Practical information

Number of days: 3 days / 2 nights

Start / Finish: Flers

Distance: approximately 75 km

Caen railway station: 2h from Paris

Accueil Vélo accomodation: Hôtel de France in Domfront

 

 

Day 1: From Flers to Domfront (23 km)

Varenne forge> See the map

From Flers go down the gentle slope to Domfront, crossing the Varenne river and the numerous sites that testify to the area's rich mining heritage. Take an educational break at the Varenne Forge !

Then, a short distance from the Greenway, take a quick excursion to Champsecret Farm to taste the delicious raw milk camembert.

Orne countrysideThus satisfied, you will gently arrive in the small medieval town of Domfront.

 

For families:

· Visit and product tasting at Champsecret Farm - Read more (in French)

 

Day 2 : From Domfront to Torchamp and back (12 km + 14 km)

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After a relaxing stay at the Hotel de France labelled Accueil Vélo, we suggest continuing the Vélo Francette towards Torchamp.  

This village is the ideal departure point for the "P’tit Tour" circuit (14 km) (leaflet available at Domfront Tourist Office), which travels through the heart of the Domfront countryside with panoramic views, the leisure base, pear orchards and cider producers.

visit a farm with kidsStop off at Yonnière Farm, to discover all the secrets of Poiré Domfront (perry)(AOP) and pear juice!

Go back towards Domfront where you can dine in the heart of the medieval town (Bistrot St Julien, L’Echauguette, Le Grand Gousier, etc.)

cycling trip along river

 

For families:

·  Torchamp nature centre - Read more

·  Pear juice tasting at Yonnière Farm - Read more (in French)

 

Visit of Domfront and return to Flers (23 km)

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Before getting back on your bike, time for a warm-up on foot! To explore the medieval town of Domfront, there are numerous options:

- the 3 "Monts et Marches" trails (download the app!)
- a family discovery of the town with the treasure hunt booklet (1€ from the Tourist Office)
- visits on your own to the castle, town and churches (printable documents)

After a revitalising picnic on the banks of the Varenne, it is already time to leave!  Did you know that you are cycling along a former railway track?
If you fancy a snack break, let your children discover the megalithic bridge at le Châtellier.

For families:

· The treasure hunt in the streets of Domfront - Read more

· The castle and medieval town of Domfront - Read more

· The fun visit with the Discover Domfront app, with theatrical scenarios, games and quiz questions - Download (in French)

For more information:

Please contact or visit the Tourist Offices in Flers or Domfront!

Photos credits : © CDT de l'Orne,  © PNRNM, © Christel Marmot, © Joël Damase