La Ferté Macé - Les Bornes Cavalières
The route < download the sheet >
Duration : 2h30 -
Distances : V1 6,5 Km - V2 10,6 -
Height range : 65 m -
Bridlepaths : 50% -
Marked footpaths : Yellow -
Difficulties : none -
Geocaching : < Circuit des bornes cavalières > -
These signposts were installed between 1835 and 1914, and they were placed at the north end of roads, mainly at an intersection to indicate directions and distances.
They were cast and painted with a blue background and white letters.
Some were placed on a “mat” or base and the most beautiful, naturally, are in the Orne.
Office du tourisme : 02 33 37 10 97
Mairie La Ferté-Macé : 02 33 14 00 40
By browsing through the circuits, discover several remarkable sites in La Ferte Mace, and enjoy the hilly landscapes of our countryside.
Go to la Base de loisirs, the leisure base by the lake, where many activities are offered, cross le Parc Barre-Saint, a public garden full of flowers and pass by the Lycee des Andaines, an ancient Seminary.
In the Place du General De Gaulle you can see the cross commemorating the Passion of Christ, sculpted by Marcel Pierre, and one of the three “tax centres”, (octrois), of the town.
Take la ruelle du Vallon (lane of the small valley) which overlooks the gardens, join the rue de la Teinture (dyeing) and the brook of Douet de L’Aulne and go up to the "village de la Chambrette" which has a lovely view over the town.
Skirt the cemetery in which you can see the tombs sculpted by Marcel Pierre, cross the railway lines and leave the centre by the lane Toussaint-Louverture
Set off down the lane which leads to the Moulin-Robert, opposite the workers gardens, remembering to close the gate!
Rejoin the villages de la Roussinière, then Fay-Haut (a pretty view of the town again), and possibly return towards the town centre,
Pass beneath the small bridge of the old train lines before arriving at the village of Grand Ridrel.
There are several lanes which lead to Fimbrune, where you can see the location of the old Tissage Renut.
The route then goes down to the Plan d’Eau (the lake).
Follow the path which skirts the lake, and you will find the car park which was the departure point of the circuit Bornes Cavalières.