According to legend, the Brèche au Diable, a striking site nestling amidst the Caen plain, was born from a pact between St Quentin and the Devil, to create a passageway for the waters of the River Laizon.
By the hamlet of Saint-Quentin, you will be amazed at the landscape before you along the Chemin du Bas de la Roche. For one can only but suppose that these striking vertical rock faces are indeed the work of the Devil. Along the banks of the Laizon, a few surprisingly shaped trees, in their quest for light, have taken some rather tortuous routes. Not far from the riverside, two archeaological grooves proffer the site with an added hint of mystery. The marks left by flint friction in these huge rock blocks, together with a rock shelter, bear witness to prehistoric human occupation of the site. On the heights, the woodland gives way to a heath of gorse and heathers. This same heath, by the Mont Joly chapel, sets the scene of the grave of Marie Joly, a famous late 18th-century French actress. You can park at the church of Soumont-Saint-Quentin.
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