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Somme bay

A 2-day cycle trip in the heart of the Somme bay

Cycling holidays in the Somme bay visiting the beautiful villages, nice countryside and the birdpark of Marquenterre

Reviews (8) :
4.63 / 5
Reference BS0201
  • Loop trip
  • 2 days
  • Very easy
  • from march to november
  • Minimum age 1 year
169€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Cycling the Somme Bay is the ideal activity for a short break in the countryside. Discover by bicycle this naturally protected bay located on the coast of the English Channel where birds stop on their migratory course. Be enchanted by the diversity of landscapes, the sound of waves against the hull of the boats in the harbor of Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme and Le Crotoy and the song of the many birds that inhabit the bay. Admire them closely in the bird park Marquenterre in the company of ornithologists, who will tell you all about them. And do not forget your binoculars to observe the seal’s colony which rests on the sandbanks off Cap Hourdel.

    Day 1

     
     
    Bike
    26/38/49km
    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.
     
    At the end of your bike ride, you go on board of a vintage train (steam or diesel) with your bikes from Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme to Le Crotoy.
       

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

    Included

    Day 2

     
     
    Bike
    36km
    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 you to make a stop. Then follow the cycling path amongst the pine trees to the city of Rue. This former seaport and fortified town is proud of its medieval battle tower, its two churches and the inheritance of the Caudron brothers, pioneers in the aviation at the beginning of the 20th century. You come back to Le Crotoy through the countryside.
     
    At the end of your bike ride, you go on board of a vintage train (steam or diesel) with your bikes from Le Crotoy to Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme.
       

    From Le Crotoy to Saint-Valéry 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
  • 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


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • 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.(included in your bike rental)

    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




    For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.




  • 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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    8 bike travelers reviews 4.63 / 5

    “ à faire ”

    On the 2017-07-31 by Clémence
    Jean-Marie est très agréable et accueillant, il n'hésite pas à conseiller si nécessaire. Le parcours est très beau, principalement la baie et les lacs. Abordable pour tous, mais on en ressort avec quelques courbatures !

    “ Weekend en baie de Somme ”

    On the 2016-10-10 by sandrine
    Nous avons passé un weekend vélo en baie de Somme. Et nous avons adoré ! L'organisation était parfaite : le livret d'information nous a été expédié très rapidement et il comporte absolument toutes les informations dont nous avions besoin. A l'arrivée à Noyelle sur mer, nous avons récupéré des vélos d'une très grande qualité (y compris la selle ce qui compte beaucoup !). La personne qui nous a apporté les vélos est accueillante et serviable. Rien à dire sur le transport des bagages : ponctuel au départ et à l'arrivée. L'hôtel était très propre, calme et idéalement situé.... avec un grand buffet pour le petit-déjeuner pour commencer une journée vélo. Les différentes options proposées nous ont permis d'adapter nos trajets à la météo et à nos envies. Cette formule permet de ne pas se soucier de l'organisation tout en gardant une grande liberté dans la manière de vivre son séjour. C'était une première expérience qui en appelle d'autres ...

    “ Baie de somme ”

    On the 2016-09-07 by Pascal
    Bravo au vélo voyageur ! Organisation parfaite !

    “ WE familial en Baie de Somme ”

    On the 2016-03-29 by Isabelle
    Ce week-end en famille a permis à mon mari et moi-même de transmettre notre goût de découvrir une région en vélo. Le temps très venteux n'a pas découragé nos enfants et beaux-enfants (âgés de 21 à 29 ans -). Au contraire, ils étaient très enthousiastes et prêts à repartir pour une autre découverte.

    “ Super par beau temps ”

    On the 2015-09-06 by Pierre
    Un beau circuit sur 2 jours. la baie est incroyable pour celui qui aime la nature. Presque 100% de pistes cyclables aménagées, c'est vraiment bien et sécure. Le guide et le road book très utiles.

    “ un grand bol d'air en Picardie ! ”

    On the 2015-05-12 by Marie-Liesse
    Un magnifique parcours entre campagne et mer. Grand bol d'air garanti tout autour de la Baie dans une nature préservée. Belles prestations d'ensemble y compris l'hébergement dans le joli site du Crotoy. Ballade qui donne envie de refaire du vélo ! merci

    “ Baie de Somme ”

    On the 2014-06-01 by sabine
    Nous avons passé 2 jours extra en famille en Baie de Somme!! Parcours très adapté aux familles. Tous les prestataires nous attendaient et nous ont reçu avec gentillesse. Les informations sur le roadbook étaient très claires et agréable à lire. Avec nos enfants de 4 ans 1/2 et 7 ans nous avons pris un vélo suiveur très stable et agréable pour notre fille et un vélo pour notre fils. Le deuxième jour, nous avons préféré faire la "petite" boucle pour que ça reste un plaisir. Dans quelques années, on fera la grande boucle! Après 60 kms dans les jambes, de belles images en tête et un très bon moment passé en famille nous sommes rentrés ravis chez nous.

    “ Baie de Somme ”

    On the 2013-08-16 by MARIE
    Vraiment très bien, séjour agréable, picards sympas. Profitez vous aussi de cette escapade française où l'on se croit dans une autre france!
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