Forêt domaniale du Mesnil - Le Tronchet, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
N 48° 28.977 W 001° 50.920
30U E 585078 N 5370620
Quick Description: [EN] The Mesnil forest is a national forest located in Mesnil-Roc'h and Le Tronchet in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine, it covers an area of 603 hectares. [FR] La forêt du Mesnil est une forêt domaniale située à Mesnil-Roc'h et au Tronchet dans le département d'Ille-et-Vilaine, elle couvre une superficie de 603 hectares.
Location: Bretagne, France
Date Posted: 3/23/2022 9:49:28 AM
Waymark Code: WM15YGB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:

"Geography

The forest mainly occupies the territory of the commune of Tronchet (242 hectares) to the west, and also extends over the neighboring communes of Tressé to the east (197 hectares), Saint-Pierre-de-Plesguen to the south ( 146 hectares), and Miniac-Morvan to the north (18 hectares).

It is distinct from the communal forest of Tronchet, which, located in the northern continuity of the national forest, extends over an area of ??approximately 100 hectares.

The forest is crossed from north to south by the departmental road 73 which connects Combourg to Saint-Malo, as well as from east to west by the departmental road 9 which joins Le Tronchet to Tressé.

Forest paths cut through the forest at several star-shaped crossroads (the Pertuis aux Chevreuils, the Jardin d'Amour). Characteristic of the 18th century, these crossroads particularly favored the movement of hunting crews.

History

The word Mesnil would come from the word house. The forest was the property of Robert Surcouf, privateer from Saint-Malo, who had bought it to hunt there and build a hunting lodge4. In 1933, the State bought the forest, which became state property and is now managed by the National Forestry Office (ONF).

Activities

The forest is exploited in silviculture with a volume of 4,000 m3 of wood felled annually.

21 km of hiking trails are marked and maintained by the Bretagne Romantique community of communes6.

The forest is bordered by the Saint-Malo golf course, Le Tronchet.

Fauna and flora

The forest is made up of three quarters of deciduous trees with a majority of gall oaks and beeches. The rest is planted with softwoods such as Scots pines or spruces.

The floristic richness is marked by the presence of lily of the valley, epipactis and buttercups. These species are included on the list of threatened plant species in the Armorican massif.

The fauna is abundant in birds (whisper warblers, European nightjars and marsh woodpeckers) and amphibians (lissotritons vulgaris and alpine newts).

Finally, the forest is home to deer, wild boar, rabbits, foxes, badgers, etc."

Sources : The Forest

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" Géographie

La forêt occupe principalement le territoire de la commune du Tronchet (242 hectares) à l'ouest, et s'étend aussi sur les communes limitrophes de Tressé à l'est (197 hectares), Saint-Pierre-de-Plesguen au sud (146 hectares), et Miniac-Morvan au nord (18 hectares).

On la distingue de la forêt communale du Tronchet, qui, situé dans la continuité nord de la forêt domaniale, s'étend sur une superficie d’environ 100 hectares.

La forêt est traversée du nord au sud par la route départementale 73 qui relie Combourg à Saint-Malo, ainsi que d'est en ouest par la route départementale 9 qui joint Le Tronchet à Tressé.

Des chemins forestiers découpent la forêt plusieurs carrefours en étoile (le Pertuis aux Chevreuils, le Jardin d'Amour). Caractéristiques du XVIIIe siècle, ces carrefours favorisaient notamment le déplacement des équipages de chasse à courre.

Histoire

Le mot Mesnil viendrait du mot maison. La forêt fut la propriété de Robert Surcouf, corsaire malouin, qui l’avait achetée pour y chasser et faire construire un pavillon de chasse4. En 1933, l’État achète la forêt, qui devient domaniale et gérée de nos jours par l'Office national des forêts (ONF).

Activités

La forêt est exploitée en sylviculture avec un volume de 4 000 m3 de bois abattus annuellement.

21 km de sentiers de randonnées sont balisés et entretenus par la communauté de communes Bretagne Romantique6.

La forêt est bordée par le golf de Saint-Malo, Le Tronchet.

Faune et flore

La forêt est composée aux trois quarts de feuillus avec une majorité de chênes rouvres et de hêtres. Le reste est planté de résineux comme des pins sylvestres ou des épicéas.

La richesse floristique est marquée par la présence de muguets de mai, d'épipactis et de renoncules. Ces espèces sont inscrites sur la liste des espèces végétales menacées dans le massif armoricain.

La faune est abondante au niveau des oiseaux (pouillots siffleurs, engoulevents d'Europe et pics mars) et des amphibiens (lissotritons vulgaris et tritons alpestre).

Enfin la forêt abrite des chevreuils, sangliers, lapins, renards, blaireaux, etc. "

Sources : La Forêt

Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): 603 hectares

Is there a trail system?: Yes

If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.:
21 km of hiking trails are marked and maintained by the Bretagne Romantique community of municipalities.


What points of interest are there?:
Located on the western fringe of the forest, the Maison des Fées is a covered Neolithic walkway classified as a historical monument in 1889.


What activities are available?:
only cycling


Hours of accessibility?: 24/24

List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):
No danger except during hunting season


Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Is a permit/fee required?: No

If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.:
Free access


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Visit Instructions:
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