Roche d'Oëtre © D. Commenchal

The multi-faceted Rock of Oëtre

Fans of spectacular scenery, come discover the many  facets of Oëtre Rock, a mineral feature surrounded by vegetation. From the bottom of the rock, take the hiking paths through the cool, shady forest. Budding acrobats can take to the trees for a dizzying adventure, and from the top of the rock you can admire the Rouvre gorges and the winding river raging below.

Amid the tranquillity of nature

This spectacular site in the Rouvre gorges is the perfect wilderness in which to feel at one with nature. Come and admire this beautifully chaotic, craggy landscape, home to some remarkable plants and wildlife, including otters and freshwater pearl mussels. From the top of Oëtre Rock, admire the amazing view over the Rouvre gorges, and imagine just how boldly the gushing torrent carves its way through, offering an incredible panorama right in the middle of Norman Switzerland. From the lookout point, you may notice the shape of a human face sculpted into the rocky spur by a natural geological phenomenon and appearing to watch over the valley… or is it just our imagination?

Belvédère Roche d'Oëtre © D. Commenchal

Hiking to the Oëtre Rock panoramic viewpoint

Nature lovers, take to the trails across the Rouvre gorges to admire the beauty of the local landscape. Around you, look for those rare gems of protected plant life such as the small white flowers of the spring spergula. The Oëtre Rock tourist information office can offer advice on the various routes into the heart of Normandy’s splendid forests. At the top of the Rock, visit the gallery or pop into the shop for a typical souvenir or gift from Normandy, made by local artisans!

Take to the treetops with Orne Aventure

In Norman Switzerland, at the natural site of the Rock of Oëtre, take to the heights on a perfectly safe tree-climbing adventure. The trails vary in height and level of difficulty to match everyone’s pace. Let your budding acrobats play at king of the jungle, having fun as they move safely through the trees on giant zipwires, rope bridges and tarzan leaps. Truly a breath of fresh air for the whole family in a unique setting.

parc acrobatique en hauteur orne © Pont d'Ouilly Loisirs

Contact details:
Bureau d’information touristique de la Roche d’Oëtre
Site de la Roche d’Oëtre
61430 St Philbert sur Orne, France
Tel. +33 (0)2 31 59 13 13 –
Opening times: daily from April to September from 10am to 6pm (7pm in July & August), Tuesday to Sunday in October from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday in March from 2pm to 5pm. Closed in January, February, November & December.

La Vélo Francette

© Vélo Francette

A sporting challenge and spectacular scenery…

Well worth the effort required to reach the Oëtre Rock, rising to 118 metres to offer an exceptional panoramic view over the wooded Rouvre gorges, a listed “sensitive natural area” in the heart of Europe’s oldest mountains. The country lanes are pleasant, if a little steep, on your way to the château of Flers, then the station.