I’m starting from the town hall!”
Proposed route: 4 km
But of course you can adapt your route as you see fit.
Duration: 1 hour
After direction the street of the Imp, we pass next to a wooden statue frozen in the facade of a house.
I turn then to the right in the road of the Forge and at the end I cross to take the street of the Old Well! A few cows are spying on us along the roadside and according to you, at the end of Rue du Vieux Puits, what do you find…? An old well, of course! We can see it in the bottom of a meadow, covered with thatch. Deep of 45 meters, it dates from 1649.
Then, we turn to the right route des Plaines, then at the very end to the left rue du Faux Port. Ah the beautiful blue, one would have almost forgotten that one was in edge of sea! All to the west, we can see Saint-Valéry-en-Caux !
Previously an access to the sea was possible from this street at the end of which was a port that existed since the Middle Ages. This road formerly called the chemin du Petit Port has now totally disappeared as well as the port due to the retreat of the cliff. Records indicate that it was located 1000 meters west of the mouth of the Saâne!”
We take a right towards the wind leaning pines, there can be a bit of mud around here. Attention to the slips and the white shoes! After a small hill, we come out of the path onto Rue de la Colline with a beautiful view of the cliffs of Sainte-Marguerite. From here the landscape changes throughout the day depending on the tides!
Do you know its history?
It would be a sculpture from a small boat stranded under the cliffs of the Ailly around 1870. By the way, this house was once a grocery store cafe called “Au Bonhomme en Bois”.
I take on the left in the district of the flowers, street of the Digitales, street of the Poppies then street of the Ferns and finally street of the Bruyères.
It is of that a century ago this place was almost empty of dwellings, the fashion of the sea baths is going to modify of the whole to the Norman coast! Again a beautiful point of view on the beach since the street of Bruyères and we arrive quickly at the sea! I take the promenade of the sea front up to the stalls of the fishermen and I go down the steps of the esplanade towards the rue de la Saâne. We see from here the numerous seaside villas built at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. One goes up the way of the baguenaudiers, that climbs, one passes from 5 to 30 meters of altitude.
Then, one continues the ascent along the road of the sea and one takes to half coast the hamlet Levassor on the left! This neighborhood was built by the wife of Emile-Constant Levassor, automotive engineer who joined Panhard and built the first petrol car.
We go into this small street that ends in a grassy path, then we take the descent to the left and then to the right the small path between the fence and the laurel hedge. One exits road of the Valley to join the town hall!
There, already 4km of traversed and one hour of stroll, it is time to return at home!