Le Perche Regional Nature Park (Parc Naturel Régional du Perche) is horse breeding country. It spans 182,000 hectares and two départements, the Orne in Normandie and the Eure-et-Loir in Centre-Val de Loire. Comprising countryside alternating between forests, hedged farmland, meadows and gentle hills dotted with old manor houses, fortified farms and typical villages, the park is a popular destination for nature lovers and fans of traditional architecture. It is also a paradise for horse riding enthusiasts with its many studs, riding centres and footpaths.
The park visitor centre (Maison du Parc) in Nocé, housed in the elegant Manoir de Courboyer and its outbuildings, features an exhibition on the history of Le Perche and a tourist information centre. The 87-kilometre tourist discovery trail departing from Nocé is a good way of exploring Le Perche's most beautiful manor houses.
Also not to be missed are the beautiful Bellême and Réno-Valdieu forests, ideal places for a walk, recharging your batteries, picking mushrooms or simply listening to nature!
If you're interested in popular arts and traditions, then make a point of visiting Le Perche heritage museum (Ecomusée du Perche) housed in the old Sainte-Gauburge priory in Saint-Cyr-la-Rosière!