20 Short Walks near Calais, France by Lezli Rees

By Lezli Rees

Many folks at the moment are utilizing the puppy Passport scheme to take our pets with us around the Channel for day journeys or vacation trips in France. this useful advisor exhibits you the place to discover marvelous stroll locations for drivers, households and the puppy inside of effortless using distance of Calais, and to find a few of the impressive, and dog-friendly, customer points of interest of this usually missed a part of France.

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4 Forest of Guînes The Forest of Guînes is famous for ‘Blanchard’s Column’. This marks the place where French aeronaut Jean-Pierre Blanchard and his American co-adventurer Dr Jeffries touched down on the first ever successful channel crossing by hot air balloon in 1785. Train-spotters will also relish the sight of Eurostar trains passing under the bridge just before the car park. The museum in Guînes village features events from the time of the Vikings up to the historic meeting between Henry VIII (England) and Francis I (France) in 1520 on the Field of the Cloth of Gold, an occasion for both kings to show off their wealth and status in grand style.

Turn left signed D221, Bayenghem, Blockhaus d’Éperlecques. Continue straight ahead, driving through Le Mont, then pass the Château de Ganspette Campsite and turn left signed Blockhaus d’Éperlecques. Continue to reach the car parks, both are on the left and the forest car park is 50m before the entrance to the museum. Walk An information board in the car park gives an overview of the forest trails and wildlife you may be able to spot. The trails aren’t very clearly marked, but a pattern of 20 minutes heading rightwards, 20 minutes leftwards, and a final 20 minutes left again gave us a fabulous hour of circular walking.

Take the 2nd of these right turns, then take the 1st left turn. Continue straight on to reach the sea and turn right. Continue ahead, keeping the sea to your left, and park near the apartments. Walk Dogs are banned from the beach directly in front of the town in the summer, but the walk from the East (right-hand side) of the beach is a complete winner. It starts at the point where the promenade finishes and the dunes begin, and is a signed section of the GR120 coast path. We walked along the beach to Equihen and back.

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