© Bagnoles Orne Cueillette Panier Champignons Manoir Foret Andaines

Mushroom foraging

A guided walk in the Forêt des Andaines

In autumn, mushroom season is in full swing! We make the most of a weekend in Bagnoles de l’Orne and take part in a mushroom walk organised by the Manoir du Lys. It is an opportunity to find out about the different varieties that grow in the Forêt des Andaines.

A mushroom walk
in the Forêt des Andaines

It’s a Saturday in October and we meet at 2:15 pm at the Manoir du Lys hotel and restaurant on the road to Juvigny. The hotel, which is run by their Michelin-starred chef Franck Quinton, is an elegant building full of the character and charm of the Normandy countryside.

The mycologist who will be our guide for the mushroom walk warmly welcomes us in the restaurant lobby. There are around fifteen of us equipped with boots, a basket and a knife ready to discover nature’s treasures.

It’s 2:30 pm and we share cars to set off for the footpaths of the Forêt des Andaines. Ten minutes later, we are on the forest floor surrounded by oaks, beech and spruce trees. We are all eager to collect our first mushrooms from among the mosses and ferns.

During the walk, our expert guide teaches us to distinguish between friendly, edible species and dangerous toadstools. He tells us his tips and secrets for finding the tastiest species among the 1700 varieties of mushroom that are hidden in Bagnoles de l’Orne’s forest.

Examining the mushrooms

After a good three hour walk in the forest, we return to the Manoir du Lys at around 5:30 pm with well filled baskets. Everyone deposits their haul of mushrooms in one of the hotel’s reception rooms. Our guide is going to sort them and we will rejoin him a little later in the evening.

It is 7 pm and our little group of apprentice mycologists meets in the room where our expert has examined and sorted our afternoon’s haul according to species. Nearly 150 different species have been collected including ceps, chanterelles, pied de mouton, wood blewits and girolles.

Ten species are then set out on a large table and the challenge is to name each of these mushrooms! Jean is the quickest of us, he wins the quiz and a bottle of poiré! After drinks, we decide to finish the day with dinner in the Michelin-starred restaurant. On the menu? Mushrooms, of course!

 

from

40,00 €

per person

This experience include :

  • The Mushroom’s Excursion with a mycologist & The Aperitif (during October)

More information on Manoir du Lys