7 trips to discover the natural areas – tourist office

Lou Boyle (Pros)

Hiking along the Vilaine Valley

Destination Rennes – Frank Hamon

Le Boël is a little paradise for hikers, cyclists and mountain bikers. It’s also a protected natural area, and a particularly scenic landscape of valleys and swamps, especially when bell heather and genus are in bloom. From the schist cliffs or along the trail of clouds, one can also observe birds such as yellow hammer, whitebird, European bark, kingfisher and birds of prey such as the San Martin harrier.

  • circles: There are many hiking trails for pedestrians from Boël. The long-distance GR39 circuit follows the top of the slopes and offers great views of Vilaine, Lock and Moulin du Boël. Just follow the red and white signs starting at the old quarry side, Bruz side. On the other side at the level of the lock (Guichen-Pont-Réan side) other noticeable circles climb over the swamps. And for those who don’t like hills and art trails, or for a quiet family outing, the towing trail is available for miles. See the map.

Lormandière site (Chartres-de-Bretagne)

Discovering lime kilns and a protected natural area

old lime kiln quarry
Destination Rennes – Frank Hamon

Just 10 kilometers south of Rennes is a great place: la Lormandière. A former industrial site where lime was made from underground limestone that now houses certain plants. The site has been classified as a Natural Area of ​​Environmental, Floral and Fauna Significance (ZNIEFF), and is home to rare species of orchids: bee, pyramidal orchid and goat orchid. The old lake-colored quarry also provides a favorable environment for many bird species.

  • a trip: Walk around the discovery trail around the site and pond. Interspersed with panels tell of La Lormandière’s industrial past and natural heritage. Departing from the car park, go back about an hour with some good climbs and descents and beautiful pool views. see map.
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Rohel Valley (Al Bustan)

Circles between swamps and forests in the far west landscape

Red schist quarry and picnic spot in Le Verger
Rennes destination – Thomas Krabot

There is no need to shy away from everything. Head to Le Verger for a diverse hiking experience in the heart of Vallée Rouge et Verte du Rohuel. ZNIEFF classified site (Natural Area of ​​Environmental, Floral and Animal Concern) where you can alternate between landscapes of the grounds, with bocage, especially in the former red shale quarry, the slopes worthy of the western setting!

  • circles: For experienced hikers, Two circles are marked From the church: between Sirene and Rochelle (10 km, about 2 hours 40, yellow signs) and the Circle of the Valleys (13.7 km, 3:30, yellow signs). The two circles intersect in places that leave the possibility of making variables. These circuits are rated by the Hiking Association which ensures hikers are well-maintained and coded.

Olive meadow (Montgermont)

An oasis of biodiversity

Walking in the olive meadows of Montgermont
Destination Rennes – Frank Hamon

The olive meadows have been classified as an LPO sanctuary since 2011. It is thus a small paradise for birds of no less than fifty different species. You can also spot wild orchids in a network of ponds, streams, and bocage hedges. A small oasis protected from urbanization and easily accessible from the city.

  • a trip: 3 km round trip, about 45 minutes. Access via a pedestrian/cyclist bridge from downtown Montgermont. see map.

Haichois Alley (Mordelis)

Quiet walk to see animals and plants

A mother with a stroller walking in the Mordels Forest
Destination Rennes – Frank Hamon

Head to Mordelles, southwest of Rennes, to immerse yourself in an area rich in natural and architectural heritage. The Allée de la Haichois is located near the ancient Roman road connecting Vannes to Rennes. An impressive penetration into the woods, bordered by lemon, oak and beech trees, leading to the mansion of the same name (private property). In these shrubs where many tree species nest (green woodpecker and large spotted woodpecker, hazel grouse, garden crawlers), rare animals can be discreetly observed: barn owl, spotted salamander, marble salamander … Take time to breathe in this protected area Especially with diverse plants.

  • a trip: Since 2019, hikers have access to a new circuit “Meo Road”. A 10 km loop track passes through Haichois Alley after a short ride along the ponds and Meu River. If there are no trail signs, follow the blue signs for hiking. The adventurous can stretch along the river with the Revolution Trail (17 km).
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The Wood of Soeuvres (Vern-sur-Seiche)

Walking in the heart of the jungle heritage

Nordic Walking in Bois de Soeuvres near Rennes
Destination Rennes – Frank Hamon

At the gates of Rin, it was Soeuvres . wood Approximately 115 hectares have been allocated by the department of Ille-et-Vilaine. It is home to a rich plant and animal diversity, typical of Breton shrubs. Its wetlands also provide shelter for the Patrakis. The wood of Soeuvres is a walking place with many pedestrian and equestrian trails.

  • a trip: 3.7 km loop starting from the parking lot, blue signs. Easily accessible by bike from Rennes.

Bocage des Gaudriers – Thorigné-Fouillard

Return to nature in “wild” mode

Stroll near the Gaudrier Palace in the Rennes Forest.
Destination Rennes – Frank Hamon

On the edge of the massive Rennes National Forest, this natural expanse typical of the Breton-Bocage landscape is a popular hiking spot for runners and mountain bikers who venture a little deeper into the forest. You can take large wooded trails, and some trails in the bushes, for a loop that passes in front of the charming Manoir du Gaudrier. If you keep your eyes peeled and remain discreet, you may cross paths with many species that found refuge in peace at this site once designated for cultivation. Among the 400 plant and animal species, some are very rare and protected, such as the pet newt, the alpine newt and the green tree frog.

  • a trip: 3 km loop unspecified. The starting point is from the Landes de Billé car park, and can be reached on foot by a shaded road from Thorigné or from the Manor. see map.

Ille-et-Vilaine, a very natural section

Full of Ille-et-Vilaine Conserved natural areas. About sixty are protected and open to the public by the General Council. Discover on our map the natural sites detailed above. Sites of interest to their fauna, flora or history and that are great places to walk and hike. Spaces that remain fragile and that must be protected by adopting good practices: staying on marked paths, not disturbing animals or picking plants without permission, keeping dogs on leash when allowed, not throwing anything into nature, not lighting fires, standing only in parking lots Referred cars…

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