Les Vaux de Cernay, a remarkable natural site


Magnificent landscapes and biodiversity on the outskirts of Paris

Looking for a change of scenery for a day away from the hustle and bustle of the capital, without driving for hours? A trip to the heart of the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse Regional Nature Park is the ideal way to combine relaxation and discovery. The exceptional biodiversity of the Vaux de Cernay can be discovered along the many hiking and cycling trails. From the château at Dampierre-en-Yvelines, take the Maincourt marsh path: an invigorating country walk. Between ponds, meadows, marshy forests and steep sandstone slopes, the landscapes offered by this protected area give the illusion of a mountain fresco in the Île-de-France! While the rich fauna and flora of this region so close to Paris are a surprise, the cultural visits will amaze everyone.

Les Vaux-de-Cernay Abbey, an exceptional Cistercian heritage

The Vaux de Cernay are criss-crossed by the ru des vaux, winding through their hollows and dotted with mills reminiscent of medieval activity. Alongside other prestigious buildings, they bear witness to past activities in the region. The Rambouillet national forest is also home to the Vaux-de-Cernay abbey, whose remains give an idea of its original grandeur. This former Cistercian monastery, built in the 12th century, is a jewel of French heritage.

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