We are often asked about attractions in the local area around our lakes. John London, the owner of Bletiere, has sent in this very useful guide of things to see & do if you want a break from the fishing;
We are close to plenty of attractions and most are within an hour’s drive from here, but for those of you that want to explore further afield the Loire valley is only 2 hours drive and with its many chateaus and vine yards it’s a great place to explore.
Our nearest town is La Ferte Bernard which is only about a 20 mins drive and once there you have plenty to see – not only shops but historic France, an amazing church and even a beach!
The beach is part of the 40 acre lake that is in La Ferte and along with the beach you can hire pedelos, play crazy golf, use a fitness circuit and for the less energetic there’s a path all around the lake that makes a very nice walk. For those even more energetic there is a fast flowing river that runs alongside the lake and on here you can try slalom with canoes. It is possible to fish in the lake and there are large carp, catfish, bream and roach but a license is needed (which can be purchased locally).
The town of La Ferte Bernard is known locally as little Venice as the whole town is crossed with streams that range from small canals to fast flowing streams and the large church in the centre of town that is based on the Notre Dame in Paris is built on stilts.
With all this water you would expect boats and you are not disappointed as you can hire small electric boats to explore the canals. They are not expensive to hire and it takes about 1 hour to complete the circuit.
We have a large market on Mondays that sells everything you can imagine. The fresh produce is worth going for if you are cooking. At the same time you can sit in the square and have a coffee and watch the world go by.
There is a wide choice of restaurants and take-aways in the area ranging from McDonalds to Italian to typical French cuisine. In our opinion the best of these is the Du Dauphin which is run by Magali and David. The food is superb and will not break the bank. Magali speaks very good English and is happy to help you choose.
In the town square is the Mairie that offers very good food in a more relaxed environment with a choice from burgers to French dishes, and again the staff speak some English. We are happy to book meals for you and if it’s a special occasion I will even drive you so you can all enjoy a drink.
We have tried to find things that may be of interest for those visitors that do not want to fish, but would like to get out for a few hours if there is something in particular you would like to do please email us and we will do all we can to find your activity. All the activities listed below can be booked in advance and we would be happy to arrange this for you,we will continue to look for things that may be of interest to non anglers and add them to this list.
The first thing is a day out with a local lady called Angela who takes people around the local market and buys produce to cook a meal, and then visits a local wine cellar for a tasting. You then go back to Angela’s house for a light lunch and then cook your purchases to take back to the gite for an evening meal.
The next day out we have found is for the artist amongst us as it entails a day with a local American artist and her etching workshop.
For the golfers we have a good course only about 45 minutes from here at Belleme and you can see their web site at www.golfdebelleme.com it looks good to us but we are not golfers. There is another course at Souance-au Perche its web site is www.golfduperche.fr.
For those who would like to go horse riding we have found a very good stables only 20 minutes from here and you see their site at www.vibrayeequitation.com where you can find prices and other information in French I am afraid.
To see lots of things to do in the area around us please look at www.paysdelaloire.co.uk this is the specific site that covers our area.
Hope to see you at Bletiere soon! All the best, John London.