Forest sights in Chantilly
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South of the château is the 63-sq-km Forêt de Chantilly , once a royal hunting estate and now crisscrossed by a variety of walking and riding trails. Long-distance trails here include the GR11, which links the château with the town of Senlis and its wonderful cathedral; the GR1, which goes from Luzarches (famed for its cathedral, parts of which date from the 12th century) to Ermenonville; and the GR12, which heads northeast from four lakes known as the Étangs de Commelles to the Forêt d'Halatte.
The area is covered by IGN's 1:25,000-scale Forêts de Chantilly, d'Halatte and d'Ermenonville map (number 2412OT; €10), available from the tourist office.