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Walks to boost your wellbeing

It couldn’t be easier to explore, enjoy the peace of nature, reconnect with yourself and forget the daily grind. If you’re not quite sure where to start, here are some ideas to get you out and about.

The Hauts-de-France region has around 112,000 miles (180,000km) of signed and maintained paths. The Grande Randonnée (GR), the Grande Randonnée de Pays (GRP) and the Promenade et Randonnée (PR) long distance routes in particular showcase this hikers’ paradise. There is something here for all abilities – from Flanders’ incredible network of clear markers and waypoints to the GR120 which runs along the coast between Bray-Dunes and Mers-les-Bains. Walk through expanses of forest and 5 regional nature reserves, stroll among remnants of the mining era and the slag heaps of Bassin Minier. It’s easy to discover Hauts-de France step by step!

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©Northern France, Flanders, Hiking | CRTC Hauts-de-France - Teddy Henin

Are you a lover of the sea?

Then the GR120 is a perfect match with its 176 miles (284km) of paths that follow beaches via the Customs Officer’s path. The Dunes de Slack comprise one of the largest areas of dunes in Pas-de-Calais, close to Les Deux-Caps, where you can walk among pine forests, reed beds and the foreshore. A bit further to the south, between the Somme bay and Marquenterre, get reacquainted with your five senses by taking a night hike with Maxim, a nature guide and Caroline, a sophrologist. Experience a blend of exploration and deep breathing surrounded by the calm and relaxing bay.

En route to the French Flanders

and its famous mounts:

The Mont des Cats, the Mont de Boeschèpe, the Mont Kokereel… To make the most of your walk, take the “points-noeuds” network (walking nodes’ network with red signs) that will take you along “estaminets” (small Flemish-style restaurants) and hop fields!

Head to the forest

If you yearn for large expanses of green canopy, you can find numerous forest walks in this region. Try the Compiègne area for a hike among 37,000 acres (15,000 hectares) – including parks steeped in French royal tradition – or perhaps the local mineral waters of Raismes and Saint-Amand could be just the tonic. Listen to roaring stags in the autumnal forest of Mormal, discover the Royal Chantilly or Ermenonville – places that provided inspiration for the influential philosopher, writer and composer Rousseau and his “Reveries of the Solitary Walker”.

Finally…

Why not stride among the vineyards of southern Aisne where 10% of France’s Champagne is produced?

Local’s tip

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Hiking in the Regional Nature Reserve Scarpe-Escaut

Discover the Scarpe-Escaut natural regional park with Jean-Yves: enjoy 3 to 6 miles (5 to 10 km) of walking over plains, through forests, across old mining sites and along the banks of the rivers around Saint-Amand.

Greeters en Nord

Jean-Yves, a hiking expert
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Useful info

Address

Place de la Mairie

F-62179 WISSANT

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Tel: +33 (0)3 21 82 48 00

www.terredes2capstourisme.fr

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La Sence – Hameau de Haringzelle

F-62179  AUDINGHEN

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Tel: +33 (0)3 21 21 62 22

www.lesdeuxcaps.fr

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Quai Lejoille

F-80230  SAINT-VALERY-SUR-SOMME

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Tel: +33 (0)3 22 60 93 50

www.tourisme-baiedesomme.fr

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25 bis Chemin des Garennes

F-80120 SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-TOURMONT

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Tel: +33 (0)3 22 25 68 99

www.baiedesomme.fr

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Hôtel de Ville

F-59190 HAZEBROUCK

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Tel: +33 (0)3 28 43 44 37

www.coeurdeflandre.fr

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Place de l’Hôtel de Ville

F-60200 COMPIEGNE

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Tel: +33 (0)3 44 40 01 00

www.compiegne-tourisme.fr

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1 rue du Maréchal Joffre

F-59530 LE QUESNOY

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Tel: +33 (0)3 27 20 54 70

www.tourisme-avesnois.com

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73 rue du Connétable

F-60500 CHANTILLY

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Tel: +33 (0)3 44 67 37 37

www.chantilly-tourisme.com

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Maison Joseph II – 2 rue bis René de Girardin

F-60950  ERMENONVILLE

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Tel: +33 (0)3 44 54 01 58

www.valois-tourisme.com