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Small village of nearly 800 inhabitants, Cerisy-Belle-Étoile takes place in Normandy, in the department of Orne. The commune of the bocage flérien, it is about seven kilometers from Flers, and ten kilometers from Condé-sur-Noireau.

The Ornais village would hold its name from a Gallo-Roman patronymic, testifying to a human occupation of the territory from the Celtic era. The "Belle-Étoile" added later, designates the abbey built in the city in the thirteenth century. Cerisy-Belle-Étoile was particularly illustrated at the time of the French Revolution with an uprising called Chouannerie, close to the Vendean movement.

Mainly agricultural, the Norman commune also has an interesting heritage that attracts every year many visitors wanting to discover the bocage and monuments of Cerisy-Belle-Étoile.

Geographical information

Latitude48.7961669 (N 48° 47’ 46”)
Longitude-0.6262489 (W 0° 37’ 34”)
AltitudeFrom 102m to 256m
Surface area13.40 km²
Population789 inhabitants
Density58 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAlençon (79 km, 1h21)
Insee code61078
IntercommunalityCA Flers Agglo

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Pierre-d'Entremont2.8 km (5 min)
Caligny3 km (7 min)
La Bazoque4.6 km (6 min)
Montilly-sur-Noireau5.1 km (10 min)
Montsecret-Clairefougère5.2 km (7 min)
Landisacq5.2 km (9 min)
La Lande-Patry6.2 km (10 min)
Saint-Georges-des-Groseillers6.4 km (8 min)
Moncy7.4 km (12 min)
Flers7.7 km (10 min)
Valdallière8.6 km (11 min)
Saint-Pierre-du-Regard8.7 km (16 min)
Saint-Paul9 km (12 min)
Aubusson9 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

Former abbey of the Premonstratensian order, the abbey of Belle-Étoile gave part of its name to the Ornais village. Built at the beginning of the 13th century by Henri de Beaufou and his wife, Edicie de Romilly, it still preserves several buildings inscribed in the Historical Monuments: the tithes barn, the farm, or the remains of the church. The framing, the chimney, the elevation and the roof were also inscribed. A Pietà, a center of altarpiece, stalls and a statue of St. Veronica are now housed in the Montiers church in Tinchebray. One of his altarpieces has also been classified as a Historic Monument.

While walking in Cerisy-Belle-Étoile, one can also admire the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste of the eighteenth century, as well as the ruins of a castle on the Mount of Cerisy dating from the nineteenth century.

The Mont de Cerisy is a pleasant promenade with a breathtaking view of the surrounding area and various marked hiking trails.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

In January, the cross of the Mont proposes a circuit of pedestrian race on the mount of Cerisy.

In March, the canicross offers courses of different distances for our four-legged friends and their masters.

In June, place at the festival of the bichoiseries with many concerts of contemporary artists.


The Mont de Cerisy, a popular natural area
The Mont de Cerisy, a popular natural area
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Friday 7 may
Min. 1°C - Max. 14°C
Saturday 8 may
Min. 8°C - Max. 22°C
Sunday 9 may
Min. 11°C - Max. 22°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Rail bike hire on the old Caen-Flers railway line
Entertainment23 € to 84 € Saint-Pierre-du-Regard (9.5 km)
Canoe-kayak at the heart of Swiss Normandy
Nature and the great outdoors8 € Le Hom (24 km)
Visit to Balleroy Castle
Culture and education5 € to 7 € Balleroy-sur-Drôme (46 km)
Half-Day on the Cheese Route with Private Guide – Leaving from Caen
Local flavours70 € Caen (47 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Around Lande Pourrie
Car itineraryEasy4h00Saint-Cyr-du-Bailleul (29 km)
Pays Domfrontais
Cycling itineraryIntermediate5h00Soucé (37 km)
Variant of GR 22 by Brécey
HikeEasy3h15Reffuveille (40 km)
Saint wolf of the gast - le Lupigastois circuit - 11 km
HikeIntermediate3h15Saint-Loup-du-Gast (46 km)
St. William's Walk
HikeIntermediate2h45Louvigné-du-Désert (51 km)


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