The fairy Gisèle
at Gorges de Villiers
Les Gorges de Villiers is a stunning natural feature located in the Forêt des Andaines around 7 miles from Bagnoles de l’Orne. A nature trail leads visitors along a path lined with rocky escarpments, fallen rocks and moorland. Here you will find the grotto of the fairy Gisèle and the fountain of hot water that belongs to the thermal spa at Bagnoles de l’Orne.
Beside the path above the fallen scree there is a natural cave in the rock. This is the grotto, or “ladies’ chamber”, which according to legend was the home of the fairy Gisèle. In exchange for offerings, she would grant farmers the use of a plough and two oxen for a day. They could work their land on the following day, but at sunset everything would disappear!