The Rock of Oëtre is situated in the middle of Norman Switzerland, in the commune of Saint-Philbert-sur-Orne, not far from the border between the départements of Calvados and Orne, and almost equidistant from Thury-Harcourt and Écouché. It is one of the most prestigious lookouts in the west of France.
The reputation of this precipice is founded on its breathtaking sheer drop: 118 metres . Neither tourists nor locals expect this kind of natural feature in Normandy. It is considered the most mountainous part of the region, even though not the highest, and it has become, over time, one of the main attractions in Normandy. It is also a popular lookout that gives a broad survey of the wooded groves of the Rouvre, the fast-flowing river in the valley, which can be reached by steps hewn from the rock. The natural surroundings are full with granite rocks, ravines, heath and thicket. Many visitors come to find a calm place for their contemplation and meditation.
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