The mysterious forest areas of the Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park are right at the heart of the Park and represent 40% of its surface area. Walk along forest paths to discover the Forêt de Verzy, a wood of 800 twisted beech trees called ‘faux’, the most remarkable site of these dwarf beech trees in the world. The different areas of the huge forest have remained wild and preserved and are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna ! Walkers and cyclists can explore the forest but are asked to be discreet so as not to harm this wonderful, untamed habitat.
Tardenois in the Vallée de l'Ardre
Tardenois in the Vallée de l’Ardre is an area of vines, woods and crops. Champagne is still very much the order of the day and the Champage Tourist Route runs through villages from producers’ cellars to cooperatives. The area was deeply affected by the Great War and the large number of military cemeteries and burial grounds bear witness to the fierce fighting which took place. The architecture of the sector has a strong Romanesque influence which can be seen in the churches of Rosnay, Reuil, Crugny, Fismes and Sarcy.
A little tip from Gites de France : I never tire of discovering and re-discovering the wonderful countryside along sign-posted trails. Stopping in a village, visiting a Champagne cellar or shop, listening to a wine-grower talking lovingly about his product, trying to work out mysteries and secrets of this marvellous drink. I also love the autumn when the sun is low on the horizon, the vines are ablaze with gold, copper, red and yellow hues and there’s a little nip in the air… That for me sums up the Parc Naturel Régional de la Montagne de Reims !
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