Grand opening of the Bagnoles de l’Orne Normandy / Briouze green carpet on Saturday 1st October.

Greenway at Saint-Ortaire in Bagnoles-de-l’Orne, Normandy. ©Photo courtesy of Free Publisher

After more than a year of work and years of formalities, Vélo’Bocage was opened on Monday 2 May 2022. And this is just over 30 years after the last passage of the train along this line.

Synonymous with opportunities for local producers and tourist accommodation, this scheme complements existing greenways in the department: Flers/Domfront, Alençon/Conde-sur-Huisne and Alençon/Rive d’Andin.

Great Sites

This new bucolic route of 22 km, located in the heart of the Norman bocage, between the station Breeze and the one in Cars Orne Normandywill take you through some great sites.

Beginning with marshes of Grand Haze, in Briuze, the largest marshland in the department (200 ha), home to a rich, original and often very rare fauna and flora. Where Camargue horses and Scottish cattle are responsible for maintaining the marshes.

AT thicka large number of dragonflies occupies the area of ​​the Lande Foret pond, where new developments have been made, and drosera (carnivorous plants) bloom in the swamp.

Leisure center La Ferté-Macé offers relaxation for young and old. You will find yourself in Bagnoles de l’Orne Normandie and enter the Andaines National Forest. Located in the heart of the massif, the monastery of Saint-Ortair, a place of pilgrimage, will heal you from pain with a ritual of healing pebbles. Treat yourself to a break in the heart of the spa town and discover its thermal baths, the Belle Epoque district, its casino and lake, the arboretum and castle, and then Rock au Chien, the city’s highest point.

program step by step

Saturday 1uh October, throughout the course you will be able to find many craft and cultural activities, tastings. Here are the highlights:

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Breeze. Departure animation to the station car park. Opening hours: from 12:30 to 16:30 Contact: 02.33.62.20.10.

Menil de Briuze. Organization of events at the Artan railway crossing: wooden games by the Festival Committee; presentation of various masters of the city (Fustier, stud farm, etc.). Opening hours: from 13:00 to 16:30 Contact: 02.33.66.06.47.

Lonely-le-Tesson. Organization of the photo exhibition of Lonlay-les-Tesson, as well as the sale of drinks and cakes (at the crossroads near the city). Opening hours: from 13:30 to 16:00. Contact: 06.33.79.86.97.

Grey. Entertainment for the general public “La Passion du bois”, exit from the green path towards the Lande Forêt pond: wood sculptor, MFR Pointel pruning, entertainment at the Leroy sawmill. Opening hours: from 13:30 to 16:30 Contact: 06.88.96.99.60.

Bowen. The association Beauvain Histoire et Patrimoine will offer folk music entertainment with a team of five to ten musicians, weather permitting, on the Pont des Aulnays. Opening hours: from 14:00 to 16:30 Contact: 02.33.37.04.59.

La Ferte Mays. On the forecourt, selling pancakes, musical entertainment with the brass band La Chapelleloise from La Chapelle-d’Andaine, the presence of the Association of Friends of the Games and Friends of the Bocage Ornet. Opening hours: from 14:00 to 17:00. Contact: 33.02.37.38.10.

Cars Orne Normandy. Animation at Place Marchais, behind the tourist office from 15:00 to 18:30. Musical entertainment will be offered and Lancelot School’s APE (Parents Association) will open a snack bar when the tourists arrive. Opening hours: from 15:00 to 18:30 Contact: 02.33.30.73.95.

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