The Perche is a small region that was formed in 1114 by the joining of the county of Mortagne and the "seigneuries" of Nogent and Bellême. During the Revolution it was broken up into four departments, essentially Orne and Eure-et-Loir. The Natural Regional Park of the Perche was created in 1998 restoring its original identity.
As soon as you enter the region, you will find yourself surrounded by the green and traditional "Perche" countryside.
Several tours (listed in the guide "Les routes tranquilles du Perche") have been organised to help you discover the variety of Le Perche:
- Chateaux and country landscapes, from Authon-du-Perche
- Take a trip through the backroads and lanes ; you will discover the wooded and green landscapes typical of Le Perche ; touring the villages and chateaux allows you to witness the richness of the region's past.
Sites and panoramas, from Bellême.
This tour is for the lovers of nature and landscapes. Through the Bellême forest to la Perrière, history and nature come together in perfect harmony ; rural houses are wonderfully integrated into an undulating and woody landscape, while, here and there, chateaux and Manors tower up revealing their proud features.
The Mills and Valleys, from Remalard
The lanes that lead through the valleys of Commeauche, Huisne and Corbionne are punctuated by ancient mills. The valleys and mills were in the past, centres of both work and social activity.
Chateaux and lakes, from Longny-au-Perche.
A lovely tour through forests and woods within which are scattered numerous beautiful lakes. Some of the lakes are private, but many are open to the public, offering tranquil walks.
Forests and Abbeys, from Mortagne-au-Perche.
It is well reported that in the Middle Ages, it was to the "heart and deep solitude" of the Perche where the monks chose to retire and found their monasteries. This tour takes you through majestic forests and some of the most spiritual places in the region.
Manors and traditions, from Nocé
The lanes of this tour will allow you to enter the heart of the Perche countryside : verdant landscapes criss- crossed by narrow, shaded paths offering frequent views of beautiful Manors of the Perche. Manors integrate naturally into the landscape while adding their own unique charm.
We wish you a pleasant stay in "le Perche" and are here to look after you,
at your disposal, throughout your visit.
Last update : 02/03/2009