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Somme bay

Cycling the Somme bay, center-based tour in Noyelles

This center-based cycle tour offers every day a ride to the most beautiful places to see in the Somme bay. Discover Saint-Valéry and the Hourdel Cape, the Marquenterre bird park, Le Crotoy and Crécy forest.

Reference BS0302
  • 3 days
  • Very easy
  • From March to November
  • Minimum age 1 year old
349€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • You stay for 3 days in a charming manor in Noyelles-sur-Mer and go each day on a cycle tour throughout the Somme Bay. You start cycling to Saint-Valéry and further to Cayeux and the Hourdel Cape, where you can catch a glimpse at the seals with a trained eye (or biculars). The next day, you cycle towards the other side of the Somme bay. After a ride on the vintage train to Le Crotoy, a loop tour takes you to the Marquenterre bird park, where you will be under the spell of the knowledge of the ornithological guides. A last itinerary goes through Crécy forest past its most remarkable trees. This center-based cycle tour has you return each night in the same accommodation. After cycling, enjoy the refinement of this house and the attentions of your host.

    Day 1

     
     

    Round trip to Saint-Valéry and Le Hourdel

    Bike
    40/52/63km
    Starting in Noyelles-sur-Mer, you ride along the bay to Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme. Enjoy this charming medieval town and the animation of the port. You can then choose among different itineraries. 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 riding along the bay back to Saint-Valéry and further Noyelles.

    Day 2

     
     

    Noyelles-sur-Mer - Le Crotoy

    Vintage train
    You take the vintage train with your bikes to go to Le Crotoy, from where you start your loop tour. You can also take the train to go back to Noyelles after your ride.
     

    Round trip to the Marquenterre

    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.
       

    From Noyelles-sur-Mer to Le Crotoy on a vintage train (2 ways) 0h

    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

     
     

    Round trip to Crécy forest

    Bike
    43/52km
    Ride along the bay to Le Crotoy and then 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.
  • Accommodation
  • Category C

    You are staying in a small castle in the middle of a wooded park. You will feel like home thanks to your host. Breakfast is included. Dinner is taken on the premises (depending on your host agenda).
    * 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).


    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.



    Travel documents

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

    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 :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

    Example of a map and a step-by-step description


  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point:

    • By train: regional trains from Paris, Amiens or Bourlogne are going to Noyelles-sur-Mer train station. To plan your trip www.trainline.eu


    Parking:

    If you choose to drive, you can park for free for the duration of your stay at your accommodation.


    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 time of arrival and departure when you fill out the online booking form.

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