This beech forest features scenery with large clumps of conifers mixing with leafy trees. They include two remarkable trees well worth a look: the Montariol Beech, the oldest tree in the forest, and the Water Carrier, a mysterious engraving believed to be more than a century old.
A few gems will delight curious naturalists, most notably two gorgeous ponds where frogs, newts and salamanders can be observed, but also where dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies abound on sunny days.
A place marked by history
A royal memento
The Forest of Arques is a remnant of the Forest of Aliermont which once covered the entire plateau of the same name. The property of the Dukes of Normandy, it escaped the clearing which caused the disappearance of the whole middle section of this large forest tract. It became a royal forest once Normandy was brought under the Crown of France, and then a national forest after the French Revolution. It is currently managed by the National Forestry Office. The names of a few roundabouts (like the Rond des Ligueurs – Leaguers’ Roundabout) and forest roads (Route Henri IV) are reminders of the famous battle won by Henri IV over the Duke of Mayenne in 1589.