Crossing the Bay of Somme: a feeling of being “elsewhere”
Are you ready to cross the bay and its water channels and sea marshes on foot? Follow our guide, Jean-Luc, who is accredited by Qualinat, a scheme created by the French Ministry of Tourism to ensure guides meet high standards. His local knowledge is invaluable when the bay is shifting and lively with tricky currents.
We leave from Le Crotoy to head across the bay to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme. The sea air fills our lungs and birds can be seen everywhere. Then, we step on to the sand and the calm of the bay envelops us. A feeling of being “elsewhere” – in the middle of nowhere – prevails. The ground very quickly becomes sandier and then muddy. We focus on our steps as we walk across the wet earth beneath our feet, and savour a sacred luxury: silence.
Take a short break in front of a carpet of samphire, the green beans of the sea that are crunchy when bitten, full of vitamins and minerals. Once safely beyond the ripples and furrows carved by the sea, our guide picks up a black object: peat excavated by sea shells. Then, further along, two plants: sea blite, which is cooked in fritters, and sea purslane, sometimes called the ‘chips of the sea’. Delicious!