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Somme bay

4-day cycling tour to explore the Somme bay thoroughly

Self guided cycling holiday in the Somme bay on the Picardy coast

Reviews (3) :
4.33 / 5
Reference BS0401
  • Loop trip
  • 4 days
  • Very easy
  • from march to november
  • Minimum age 1 year
489€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • On the coast of the English Channel, the Bay of Somme is a necessary step of migratory birds and a natural area remarkably protected! You will be charmed by the diversity of the landscapes, the rich fauna and flora. You discover the charming seaside towns of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme or Le Crotoy, the long sandy beaches of Quend-Plage and Fort-Mahon, the pine covered dunes, the rural landscape or the forest of Crecy home of strange trees. Take the bike paths and small roads to observe rare birds in the Marquenterre Bird Park. And if you are lucky, you can even see the famous seals of the Somme!

    Day 1

     
     
    You can choose among different excursions around Saint-Valéry. You can go for the short option (28km) which takes you to the Cap Hourdel on a comfortable cycle path. After passing the lighthouse of Cap Hourdel, you keep on biking on the "white road", a wonderful cycle path along the sand dunes of the Channel before riding back towards Saint-Valéry. A longer tour (38 or 49km) takes you first in the back country through the small villages till Cayeux-sur-Mer. You cycle further on the "white road" and pass by the Cap Hourdel before going back to Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme on the cycle path along the bay.

    Day 2

     
     
    You start your day in a ride in the vintage train of the Somme bay with your bikes from Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme to Le Crotoy.
     
    You ride on the seawall of Le Crotoy and along the ponds of Les Morettes inhabited by numerous birds. Through small lanes in the countryside you reach the park of Marquenterre where we strongly suggest that you make a stop. Then follow the cycling path amongst the pine trees to the eco-villages of Quend-Plage. You ride leisurely through the pine covered dunes before arriving in Fort-Mahon-Plage.
       

    From Saint-Valéry to Le Crotoy on a vintage train 1h

    Included

    Marquenterre Bird Park 2h

    Do not miss the visit of the birdpark, where birds have a rest on their migration between Scandinavia and Mauritania. Listen to the comments of the naturalist guides who will spot for you avocets, spoonbills and other species. Free binoculars for cyclists.
    7,90 € / teen
    10,50 € / adult

    Day 3

     
     
    After Fort-Mahon you leave the maritime atmosphere to immerge in the rural hinterland of the Bay of Somme. You meander through fields, make a stop on the church square of Quend and join the small town of Rue. This ancient seaport and fortified town is proud of its medieval belfry, its two churches and the heritage of the Caudron brothers, who were aviation pioneers in the early 20th century. You will find again the seaside atmosphere in Le Crotoy.

    Day 4

     
     
    From Le Crotoy, today’s tour takes you to the huge and beautiful forest of Crécy. Along the paths, you will admire the oaks and beech trees. If you have enough stamina, you can bike the longer option to observe the "warring brothers", an oak and a beech which grew embracing each other like siamiese twins, each one fighting to protect its space. When leaving the woods, you will also admire the "Chartreux" oak, which is 500 years old. You cycle back to Noyelles-sur-Mer riding behind the hunting huts and keep on till Saint-Valéry on the cycle path around the bay.
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You stay in hotels with **/*** standards or bed & breakfasts selected for their style and quality. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults.


    Luggage

    Our services include luggage transport in order to let you enjoy your trip comfortably and without stress :
    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.


    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents maps of the itinerary (A4 format) that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider.

    Example of a map


  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By plane: flight to Paris.
    • By train: the closest train station is Noyelles-sur-Mer. To go to Saint-Valéry by taxi, you must budget about €15 (one way). You will find the contacts of the taxi companies in your travel documents.
    From Gare du Nord station in Paris, take a direct Intercity train for Noyelles-sur-Mer (2h02) or take first an Intercity train for Amiens (1h) and then a regional train from Amiens to Noyelles-sur-Mer (40 min). It is possible that you must change of train in different cities like Amiens, Abbeville or Boulogne Ville (that depends on the day and the hour) when you have not the choice to take a direct train from Paris to Noyelles-sur-Mer. In that case, the journey will last more or less time to get to the final destination. To plan your trip, www.voyages-sncf.co.uk.


    Parking:

    If you choose to drive, you can park your car for free for the duration of your stay at the bike pick up point in Saint-Valéry or at the car park of your accommodation if you booked a night before and after your trip.


    Meeting time:

    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We recommend you to arrive around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing. Please communicate your approximate hours of arrival and departure when you fill out the online booking form. The location of the bike pick up point is at the entrance of Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme (exact location given in your travel documents).


  • Reviews
  •   Memory of the trip  

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    3 bike travelers reviews 4.33 / 5

    “ Super vacances en Baie de Somme ”

    On the 2017-06-11 by Michel
    Super séjour de vacances actives et reposantes autour de la baie de Somme, en toute liberté, sécurité, sérénité en sachant qu'une bonne organisation prend en charge tous les soucis organisationnels ... Nous avons eu le temps de découvrir à notre rythme une super région, un peu (trop ...) venteuse ... par moment ...

    “ Baie de Somme, que du bonheur ”

    On the 2016-06-12 by Guy and Co
    Nous étions quinze à partager cette très belle semaine cycliste en Baie de Somme. Pour notre plus grand plaisir, un soleil radieux s'était invité ce qui ne fut pas pour nous déplaire. A chaque fin d'étape, un diner gastronomique nous attendait afin de combler notre appétit, venait ensuite un sommeil réparateur dans des hôtels extra.

    “ Belle surprise la baie de Somme ! ”

    On the 2015-08-30 by Martine and co
    Très belle région avec une atmosphère particulière qui a inspiré de nombreux peintres.Circuit très bien ciblé pour les vélos avec des pistes cyclables, petites routes ou chemins tranquilles. Le parc du Marquanterre et la forêt de Crécy valent le détour. Un bémol sur l'équipement des vélos qui ne correspond pas à la demande.
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