The highest point in western France

The Mont des Avaloirs

  • Le belvédère du Mont des Avaloirs

    Le belvédère du Mont des Avaloirs

    © Photo : Jean-Charles Druais

  • La forêt Multonne autour du Mont des Avaloirs

    La forêt Multonne autour du Mont des Avaloirs

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Le belvédère du Mont des Avaloirs

    Le belvédère du Mont des Avaloirs

    © Photo : Jean-Charles Druais

In the heart of the Normandy-Maine Regional Natural Park
Did you know that the highest point in western France is in Mayenne?
It's the Mont des Avaloirs, which rises to 417 metres.
The 18-metre-high belvedere tower, opened in 1994, allows you to gain a little more height still.
The effort of climbing its one hundred and eight steps is amply repaid by the vast panoramic view over the Normandy-Maine Regional Natural Park, the Forest of Multonne and the Alpes Mancelles.
It’s claimed that in fine weather you can see a distance of 100 kilometres in all directions and even catch sight of Mont Saint-Michel.
Just beside the belvedere tower you’ll find the place where the Mayenne has its source, in the hamlet of La Pierre au Loup.

To keep hikers happy
There is a ramblers’ path (with information boards) around the mountain.
It links up with other routes leading to Sainte Anne de Champfrémont, a peaceful little village but one which comes to life on the occasion of the traditional fairs, or to the Corniche de Pail or the little market town of Pré en Pail.
Annual events for walking and riding enthusiasts:
- May: Mountain bike rally from Pays de Pail to the
- Alpes Mancelles
- August: “Transmultonne” mountain-bike rally and walk at Sainte-Anne-de-Champfrémont
- September: “3 Châteaux” trail-bike rally and walk at Lassay-les-Châteaux

Close by is Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei, one of the most beautiful villages of France. The beauty of its landscapes and the quality of the light inspired many artists, including the painters Corot and Courbet.

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