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Somme bay

A cycling week to explore the Somme Bay and Canal

Come to discover the Somme bay and the canal of Abbeville! Feel the marine fragrance in Saint-Valéry, Le Crotoy or Fort-Mahon before riding onto the canal towards Amiens and its renowned cathedral.

Reference VS0701
  • Itinerant trip
  • 7 days
  • Easy
  • from March to November
  • Minimum age 1 year
GPSGPS application available
765€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Are you ready to take part in this adventure which will delight young and old?

    Unmissable place in the heart of the Somme Bay, your bike holidays start in Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme with its harbour, its medieval city center and its large café terraces. Feel free then to explore at your own pace the splendid landscapes and the preserved nature of the Somme bay. You cycle onto secured bike paths and small country roads to discover Le Crotoy, the large sandy beaches of Fort-Mahon or the Marquenterre Bird park.

    After that, you reach the canal of the Somme region. From Abbeville and its cultural activities, you follow the meanders of the canal. On your way, you have the chance to discover typical villages and lots of castles. Amiens is your final destination. Take the time to enjoy its lively atmosphere and do not miss the visit of its cathedral.

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme

    Ideally located onto a limestone promontary facing the Somme bay, you will be amazed by the medieval city of Saint-Valéry with its lively roads and its colourful fishermen’s houses. Take the time to install into your hotel before strolling along the wharfs.

    Day 2

     
     

    Round trip from Saint-Valéry

    Bike
    26/38/49km
    You can choose among different excursions around Saint-Valéry. You can go for the short option (26km) 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 3

     
     

    Saint-Valéry - Le Crotoy

    Vintage train
    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.
     

    Le Crotoy - Fort-Mahon

    Bike
    25km
    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 4

     
     

    Fort-Mahon - Le Crotoy

    Bike
    33km
    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 5

     
     

    Le Crotoy - Abbeville

    Bike
    35/58km
    From Le Crotoy you ride onto the countryside roads towards Noyelles and its huge Chinese cemetery. You can enjoy the forest of Crécy and discover a new aspect of the region (+ 23 kms).

    Then, you reach the canal at the ornithological reserve of Grand-Laviers and ride quietly to Abbeville by following the canal.

    Day 6

     
     

    Abbeville - Amiens

    Bike
    52km
    You leave Abbeville and reach back the canal, your travel partner for today. You ride through the meanders to discover nice and traditional villages and castles such as the one of Eaucourt, Long or Picquigny. You arrive then in Amiens, do not miss the visit of the cathedral and the hortillonnages!

    Day 7

     
     

    Departure from Amiens

    After a last walk into the cultural city with its canals, you take the path to return, unless you decide to extend your stay!
  • 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 (+1m55).



    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.


    Le Vélo Voyageur App

    Like a sat nav, the route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. Discover and enjoy every moment of your trip by following the directions and listening to the descriptions of the point of interest on your way.

    Following the itineray becomes easy as a child's play and you can enjoy the trip instead of concentrating on the maps.
    Your cycling holiday also includes practical information from our partners and all the latest news.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download the Le Vélo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. During the trip, once the app dowmnloaded, your phone can be off-line


    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, https://en.oui.sncf/en/.


    Parking:

    If you choose to drive, you can park your car for free for the duration of your stay at our bike partner's place in Saint-Valéry.


    To get back to starting point:

    Regional trains take you back to Noyelles-sur-Mer before reaching Saint-Valéry and your car by taking a taxi (budget €15). Trains are accessible without booking in advance and bicycles are free. You have to buy your ticket on spot. You will find the timetable of the day in your travel documents.


    Meeting time:

    The first day is an arrival day without cycling. You arrive whenever you want depending on from where you come. Please note that rooms are usually available in the middle of the afternoon depending on your accommodation. We thank you to advise us if you plan to arrive late.

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