The Saâne River rises in Val de Saâne and flows into the English Channel after a 36-kilometer run.
Although away from the major traffic routes, the Saâne Valley has, during the 19th century, developed significant agricultural and industrial activity. As early as the 18th century, many moulins were installed along the banks, to grind wheat, scutch flax, and later to provide electricity. Of the 32 hydraulic works recorded on the Saâne, 3 are still in a state to produce electricity today. Left aside during the first waves of railroad construction, it was decided, at the beginning of the 20th century, to establish a small railway to bring modernity. Inaugurated in 1912, a line managed by the Chemin de fer de Normandie, ran through the valley, carrying men and goods to the main network (the lines from Rouen to Le Havre and from Dieppe to Fécamp). Closed in 1947, Le Tortillard has marked the local history and memory.
On the piscicultural level, the population of “wild” brown trout on the Saâne remains despite a marked decline over the past 30 years. The river also hosts some migratory fish such as salmon or sea trout. You will enjoy the fishing courses managed by the AAPPMA of Dieppe and its surroundings.