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Le Tréport, Saint Valéry sur Somme

Le Tréport, a beach town favoured by Parisians, is about 30 km to the east of Dieppe Our proposed itinerary offers optional detours to see the Museum of Daily Life in Saint Martin en Campagne www.mhvq.com  or the EDF nuclear power station at Penly nearby, which you can see from a short distance. There is a visitors’ centre which fully explains the working of a nuclear power station. If you book in advance, guided tours are available. Visitors’ Centre: 02 35 40 60 30.

Programme your Satnav (or the WAZE app on your smartphone) to take you to the Télécabine Le Tréport There is a large car park near the Crucifix at the top of the cliffs from which, having admired the view, you can take the free funicular railway down into the town. Google to find the guide touristique du Tréport.

On the quayside you will find a multitude of restaurants of all sizes. One of the best known is the Homard Bleu. Look it up on Tripadvisor.

When you have looked around for a while you could visit the impressive German command centre from the Second World War built into the cliffs, but you must book first. www.kahl-burg.fr  / contact:Didier Morainville (06 81 07 22 95). Email: didier.morainville@sfr.fr

Your tour continues via the beach resort of Mers-les-Bains, noting its art nouveau architecture, then continues on to Eu, passing by the bottle factories to visit the Musée des Traditions Verrières (Glass industries) in Ruelle Sémichon, in the Morris quarter of Eu.  http://www.traditions-verrieres.com

On reaching the town centre of Eu you may like to visit the Château d’Eu, the summer palace of the “Citizen King” Louis Philippe, who reigned from 1830 to 1848. Queen Victoria visited here twice! www.chateau-eu.fr

It’s now time to set off for Val d’Ygot at Ardouval in the magnificent Eawy Forest, about 40 km (25m) away, about a 50-minute drive through typical inland countryside. Val d’Ygot is a German V1 launch site from the last war which is free and accessible at any time.

 

Next take the D99 through the forest as far as Bellencombre and the turn right for Muchedent. Watch out for deer and wild boar as you go; you may even come across a mounted hunt!

Once you get to Muchedent on the right hand side you will find the entrance to the Rêve de Bisons, where you can climb onto an old army lorry for a tour of the herds of North American bison – the buffalo of the wild west. www.revedebisons.com

You can then have dinner in the restaurant in typical Canadian fur trapper style where, among other dishes, buffalo steaks are on offer.

 

There are also frequent country music evenings You can also spend the night in a native American tepee.

If it’s not too late, or if you come back in the morning, you might have time to paddle down the river Varenne in a canoe. It’s a straight line (by road!) down the valley back to Dieppe.

An option: go on after Le Tréport into Picardy to visit the Bay of the Somme. http://goo.gl/JkEueH

At Cayeux-sur-Mer or Saint-Valery-sur-Somme you can take an old and very authentic train round the bay to Le Crotoy .  www.cfbs.eu/fr

Nature lovers might go on as far as the Parc du Marquenterre in the heart of the Baie de Somme National Nature Reserve. There are 200 hectares of protected land which has been one of the highlights of European ornithology for 40 years.