What to see at the Mortain waterfalls
The waterfalls at Mortain are not to be missed during a stay in la Manche, and especially in the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel. Here, two rivers, the Cance and the Cançon, flow through an area once known as the “Mont Saint-Michel mountains”, plunging over two waterfalls, the Petite Cascade and the Grande Cascade.
The Petite Cascade
a peaceful spot
Surrounded by lush greenery, the Petite Cascade is a lovely place for a shady walk. It’s located in a deep gorge carved by the river Cançon, and is made up of several small cascades. The walk there is an easy one, with steps cut into the rocks next to the waterfall and small wooden bridges. During heavy rainfall, the Cançon carries clay sediments, giving it an unusual colour and its nickname, the “golden river”. Keep your eyes open!
Pont du Diable
and Rocher de l’Aiguille
During your walk, you’ll see the Rocher de l’Aiguille (Needle Rock), standing at around 30 metres high. There are lots of legends surrounding this site, which is now a well-known climbing spot. A bit further on, by the Petite Cascade, you’ll find the Pont du Diable (Devil’s Bridge). Are you brave enough to cross the bridge, knowing that legend has it the Devil built it in exchange for a hostage? Beware if you’re the first one to cross!
The Grande Cascade
the largest waterfall in western France
Unique in Normandy, the Grande Cascade in Mortain is also the largest in western France. It has a 25-metre drop, fast-flowing water and a unique rocky setting. The river Cance flows through Armorican sandstone hills covered in dense vegetation. You can follow a path that runs alongside the waterfall, from top to bottom. Right at the top of the Grande Cascade, you’ll find the Abbaye Blanche, a 17th century Cistercian abbey. An emblematic monument of the Mortain region, you can visit the abbey in summer on a guided tour organised by the tourist office.