The “Alpes Mancelles” span the Normandy and Pays de Loire border, with picturesque villages, hills and little river valleys clad in woodland, heather and broom – and we are fortunate to have it on our own doorstep.
The Alpes Mancelles region begins just south of Alençon at Condé-sur-Sarthe and broadly follows the twists and turns of the Sarthe River Valley as far as Fresnay-sur-Sarthe. The two principal towns in between are St Céneri-le-Gérei and St Léonard des Bois.
The Alpes Mancelles by Car – #1
From La Basse Cour it is a short drive to either Alençon or Fresnay, from where you can follow the Sarthe valley the length of the Alpes Mancelles; if you choose to explore it this way make sure you take time to wander from the principal road that follows the valley to visit some of the quiet but charming little hamlets and villages along the way.
The Alpes Mancelles by Car – #2
Alternatively, we have devised a less direct driving tour which takes in our favourite sights in the Alpes Mancelles, and takes around a day to complete.
Our Circuit of the Alpes Mancelles includes visits to the panoramic viewing point atop Mont de Avaloirs – one of the highest points in western France – the Corniche du Pail hillcrest road, a visit to the Jardins de Mansonière gardens, a walk through the Vallée de Misère, the villages of Gesvres, St Pierre des Nids, St Céneri-le-Gérei, St Léonard des Bois, Sougé le Ganelon and Fresnay-sur-Sarthe.
Follow this link for details of the Alpes Mancelles Circuit.
The Alpes Mancelles by Canoe and Kayak on the Sarthe
Those who like messing about in boats can travel the river Sarthe through the Alpes Mancelles by canoe or kayak. See “Practical Information” or click the map for details.
Alpes Mancelles Tourist Office
19 Av de docteur Riant, Fresnay-sur-Sarthe
Tel. 02 43 33 28 04
The Tourist Office of the Alpes Mancelles at Fresnay-sur-Sarthe has a great stock of free walking route maps for all of the Alpes Mancelles region – we have many of them available for guests to borrow during their stay at La Basse Cour.
CanoeLocations rents canoes from several locations and you can book online. Their locations at Moulins-le-Carbonnel or Fresnay-sur-Sarthe are only 16km away.
Access to the Alpes Mancelles from the B&B
The Alpes Mancelles are 10 to 20 minutes from our B&B in Lower Normandy, depending on where you like to begin your exploration.
Are you interested in visiting châteaux and gardens in Southern Normandy and the upper Pays de la Loire? Then see also :
… and many more!
These are just a few of the many places we can suggest to visit around this region, while keeping away from the usual tourist traps.