Le Hamel Roger

Le Hamel Roger

An Afternoon's Drive







Flers - Bagnoles-De-L'Orne - Domfront

The following is a drive of approximately 100 miles, which should take about 2 hours driving time.

Take the D577 to Vire.

On the approach to Vire, take the 'bypass' to the east of the town and follow the signs for Flers.

Go to the 'T' junction at the end of the 'bypass' and turn left onto the D524, towards Flers.

You will pass through Tinchebray, and then into Flers.

At Flers, take the D18, signposted to La Ferte-Mace and Bagnoles-de-l'Orne.

At the village of La Sauvagere, turn right onto the D53 to Bagnoles-de-l'Orne.

You enter the town from the north. Bagnoles-de-l'Orne is a delightful spa town, nestling on the southern edge of the Foret Des Andaines. The streets are decorated with flowers. There are many hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants. The town has a large park, with a lake, and a swimming pool. Woodland walks can be easily accessed from the town car parks. The town is well worth a stop to explore. It has a number of antique shops, and holds Antique Fairs/Brocantes.

Leave Bagnoles-de-l'Orne eastwards, on the D335 towards Domfront.

The road passes through the extensive Foret Des Andaines, with numerous picnic sites and walks, before joining up with the D908.

Here turn left towards Domfront.

Domfront is an old mediaeval town, with a ruined castle and ramparts. The streets of the old part of the town are cobbled and narrow. It is well worth stopping here, to enjoy the sights and the pavement cafes. There is a large car park on your left as you enter the old town, a short walk from the centre. Domfront holds mediaeval festivals during the summer.

From Domfront take the N176 towards the west, signposted to Mont St. Michel. The road goes down a hill and bends round to the right, into Notre-Dame sur l'Eau.

As you leave Notre-Dame sur l'Eau, turn right onto the D22 towards Tinchebray. Follow the D22 to Tinchebray, where the road rejoins your outward route on the D524.

Turn left towards Vire, and retrace your route back to Le Hamel Roger.