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Normandie Maine Regional Nature Park

Want to take a quiet break or recharge your batteries closer to nature? The Normandie Maine Regionale Nature Park and the Alpes Mancelles are the ideal place to do that! You’ll find plenty of opportunities for relaxation and adventure for a getaway or vacation.

Normandie Maine Regional Nature Park

in figures


Year of creation of the Normandie Maine Regional Nature Park


Normandy and
Pays de la Loire


Manche, Mayenne, Orne and Sarthe


including 10 in
the Alpes Mancelles

250 000hectares

or 2,500 square km

Unspoilt nature

for a wide range of activities

Discover the Alpes Mancelles with Rémi Jardin,
environmental education and sustainable development coordinator
for the Normandie Maine Regional Nature Park!

The Normandie Maine Regional Nature Park is home to a multitude of exceptional natural sites. From the heights of the Normandy and Maine mountains, to the heart of the Domfront bocage, it offers a variety of unexpected landscapes and places. Among these are the Alpes Mancelles, situated in the heart of the Grand Ouest’s peaks.

The particularly steep relief inspired the name of this region, through which the river Sarthe flows and which has been shaped over the millennia. Extensive forests are home to a rich and protected fauna and flora. Small streams criss-crossing the surrounding plains offer pastoral and bucolic landscapes.

Sports enthusiasts will appreciate this natural setting for indulging in their favorite activity: hiking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, climbing, horseback riding or even bungee jumping are just some of the ideas on offer!

A rich territory

Between local producers and pretty villages

The Normandie Maine Regional Nature Park is also a territory inhabited by craftsmen and producers passionate about know-how and taste. From ciders to juices, apples are a must in this region of orchards, but farm products such as meat and dairy products are not to be outdone! Several farms in the Alpes Mancelles offer tours, tastings and direct sales.

The Normandie Maine Regional Nature Park is, at last, a land of history. This history is told through the villages and their heritage. From Saint-Léonard-des-Bois to Ancinnes, via Moulins-le-Carbonnel and Bourg-le-Roi. From beautiful churches to manor houses and a rich vernacular heritage, come back in time and walk the steps of the past and relive, among other things, the epic of William the Conqueror.

The Geopark project

The unique geology and landscapes of the Normandie Maine Regional Nature Park have motivated this territory to apply to UNESCO in November 2019 for the “UNESCO World Geopark” label.

The application is based on the Park’s geology, but also on aspects of its natural, cultural and intangible heritage. It is currently being studied by UNESCO.

The Alpes Mancelles and their scree slopes perfectly illustrate this geological aspect, which is very present in the Park’s territory.