1 Seine-Maritime Tourisme is aware of sustainable development. Document printed on paper made with wood coming from environmentally friendly forestry sites. Rennes 2h30 London 3h30 Normandie Lille 2h30 Beauvais 1h Paris 1h30 Bruxelles 3h Amsterdam 5h Reims 2h45 Luxembourg 4h Bonn 5h Imprimerie IROPA. Crédit photo : H.Sentucq, Pix-side, E. Peltier, J.F. Damois, G. Rigoulet, P. Levebvre, R. Hondier, P. Trochet, Phovoir, OT Forges, PAT Pays de Bray, Fotolia, Fotosearch, D76-Lefrançois. Seine-Maritime Tourisme Live the Avenue VERTE Seine-Maritime Tourisme 6 rue Couronné - BP Bihorel Tel.: 33 (0) Fax: 33 (0) Tours 3h Your Mobile Travel Guide seine-maritime-tourism.mobi All the colors of NORMANDY T H E A V E N U E V E R T E G R E E N W A Y G U I D E
2 2 3 Contents The Avenue Verte is a real immersion in the Seine-Maritime countryside. Come and relax with your family or friends on the safe green road of 45 km long made especially to enjoy walks, roller-skating, cycling or horse riding. This guide shows you the way and tells you the good places you cannot miss in Pays de Bray Seine-Maritime, NATURE at its grandest Practical information The railway from Paris to Dieppe Dieppe by the sea Dieppe inner countryside The land of Neufchâtel The land of Forges-les-Eaux p. 31 p. 23 p. 17 p. 9 p. 4 à 7 p. 8 Paris - London on a bicycle p. 37 Seine-Maritime Tourisme Live the GREEN Avenue Seine-Maritime on a bicycle p. 39 Address Book p. 40 Your mobile travel guide seine-maritime-tourism.mobi Toutes les couleurs de la Normandie Maps keys p. 47 T H E G R E E N A V E N U E G U I D E Landscape of Pays de Bray w The Avenue VERTE greenway guide Seine-Maritime Tourisme Tel.: 33 (0)
3 T h e GA Rv ee ne un e A Vv Ee Rn Tu E e gg ru ei ed ne w a y g u i d e 4 5 The Avenue VERTE: 45 km of happiness without cars! In the middle of the countryside in Seine-Maritime, the Avenue Verte is a beautiful road without cars to discover with your family or with your friends, on foot, roller-skate or on a bicycle. An ideal place for children, also accessible for people with reduced mobility. The Avenue Verte is 45 km of bliss for children and adults. Discover the delicious cooking of Pays de Bray and Dieppe seaside. Let s stroll on the little roads and paths to discover the villages, the hills and forests around. The Avenue Verte will also be a way to link Paris to London thanks to a bicycle itinerary. Enjoy the escapade! The Channel D 925 D 75 Varengeville-sur-Mer Newhaven, Londres DIEPPE Offranville Bacqueville-en-Caux N D D 929 A 29 D 56 D D 920 Auffay Les Grandes- Ventes la Varenne Bellencombre St-Saëns Envermeu Bures-en-Bray St-Martin-l Hortier D 928 A 28 l Eaulne la Béthune D 915 D1314 Arques-la- Bataille Dampierre-St-Nicolas St-Aubinle-Cauf Meulers Freuleville St-Vaast-d Équiqueville Osmoy-St-Valery St-Nicolasd Aliermont Mesnièresen-Bray Londinières D 919 A 28 Ménonval la Bresle Blangy-sur-Bresle Neufchâtel-en-Bray Bouelles Neuville-Ferrières St-Saire Mesnil-Mauger Beaubec-la-Rosière Serqueux A 29 Formerie FORGES-LES-EAUX Aumale Department of Seine-Maritime Le Havre Dieppe Forges-les-Eaux Rouen Gournayen-Bray ROUEN A km Buchy Ry l Andelle N 31 D 921 Paris-London Temporary itinerary Opening in 2012 Argueil La Feuillie D 915 l Epte GOURNAY-EN-BRAY Songeons Greenway Circuits on roads Temporary i neray
4 6 7 Make your own plan Practical information Castle of Brémontier-Merval The Avenue Verte is a road of 45 km long starting in Arques-la-Bataille (8 km away from Southern Dieppe) until Forges-les-Eaux. The road is accessible for everyone between those two places. With an average 10 km/h speed on a bicycle, it takes around 4 hours and a half to do this 45 km itinerary. Enjoy the ride on a day or on a week-end with a beak at night. See the section entitled Reach the Avenue Verte. The link between Dieppe and Arques-la-Bataille is made through a temporary itinerary (the orange dotted line on the maps, with a fast variant), before the inauguration of the expected future road. This link made with roads usually shared with cars is presently dedicated to experienced bicycle riders. The bicycle discovery itineraries are indicated along the Avenue Verte: follow the orange itineraries starting at the numbered railway junctions on the maps (PN). Those itineraries enable variants to discover the sites and villages nearby. They are made for experienced bicycle riders because they are used by cars and have a few hills. You can also discover other itineraries for walks, cycling and mountain biking. See with the Tourist Information Centres to get the brochures Bonus a seaside itinerary described at the beginning of this guide between Hautot-sur-Mer, Offranville, Varengeville and Pourville. It enables you to discover the coast where the impressionist painters used to come. It is also a way to start discovering the Alabaster Coast Cycle Route going from Le Tréport to Le Havre, via Dieppe, Fécamp and Étretat. A sport itinerary you can find on a map or on Reach the Avenue Verte By car Many possibilities. Among them: the A28 / A29 highways. Parking is easy on the car parks shown on the maps. By train Dieppe train station: Dieppe - Rouen TER, bicycle spaces, about 15 trips per day during the week and 6 trips on Sunday.(Corail Intercités SNCF line linking Paris - Rouen - Dieppe). Serqueux Train station (near Forges-les-Eaux): Corail Intercités SNCF line linking Rouen - Serqueux - Amiens - Lille, bicycles on some trains, about 8 trips per day during the week. Normandie By bus Regional line linking Dieppe Neufchâtel - Serqueux - Gisors, about 5 trips per day. By boat Cross Channel line linking Dieppe - Newhaven. 13 trips per week (4 hours). Shops and services around the Avenue Verte You will find many services in the Avenue Verte surroundings, in the villages around or even sometimes on the road. This guide gives you useful addresses in the Useful Information section and on the maps through pictograms (see page 47). Find further information in the address book at the end of this guide (Tourist Information Centres, accommodation, restaurants, bars, tourist sites, land products, bicycle rental and mending). Attention, many countryside shops are closed on Monday, especially in low season.
5 S e i Tn he e - MGA arv r ee i tn Ei un me A, Vv ve eor ny Tu ae e g egg r rue i ne d sn eew ma by l e g u i d e 8 9 The Paris-Dieppe railway The first railway projects linking Paris to the seaside were imagined at the end of the 1830 s. The Paris - Serqueux - Dieppe line has remained the shorter link between Paris, the seaside and London for more than a century. The first line built by British engineers, linking Paris to Le Havre, was opened in The line linking Rouen to Dieppe opened in The shorter line linking Paris to Dieppe, via Gisors and Pays de Bray opened in During decades, this line as seen many travellers taking the train to go to Dieppe, before reaching Great Britain by boat. After more than one century of good and loyal services enabling to link Normandy to the capital, the line between Serqueux and Dieppe was closed in It is on this former railway that the Avenue Verte has been created as a continuity. On the railway relics, find the PN and the PK!! If you pay attention, the Avenue Verte gathers many memories of the railway. The former train station of Forges converted in gite accommodation, the crossingkeepers houses along the way, the signs, the shunting controls of the Neufchâtel station The railway heritage still remains. The useful signs are the PN (abbreviation for passages à niveau in French, meaning railway junctions) and the PK (abbreviation for points kilométriques in French, meaning kilometre markers) indicating the distance with the Saint-Lazare station in Paris! They are on the road as landmarks that you can find on the panels, so keep your eyes open! Dieppe marina Dieppe by the sea At the crossroads of the sea routes and the land roads, Dieppe, a Town of Art and History, opens on the Avenue Verte. The land of Dieppe is full of discovery opportunities regarding the seaside town, the surrounding coastal villages and the countryside by the Arques estuary. Seine-Maritime Tourisme
6 10 11 D i e p p e b y t h e s e a The Channel 1 Tourist Information Centre 2 Train station 3 Castle-Museum 4 Place nationale 5 Quartier du Pollet 6 Maritime station Dieppe With its huge beach, its perched castle and its harbour in the town centre, Dieppe is unique and has become the first seaside town in France. The town gathers the seaside, cultural and gastronomic traditions. Nowadays, you can find all the tourist services in Dieppe i Useful information Dieppe Tel.: 33 (0) Castle-Museum, exhibition halls with painting masterpieces, an exceptional ivory sculptures collection, a collection of sailing objects. Tel.: 33 (0) L Estran, Cité de la mer, a museum, an aquarium and a centre for scientific and technical culture, 37 rue de l Asile-Thomas. Tel.: 33 (0) Les Bains, water centre, pools with heated sea water and thalassotherapy, seafront. Tel.: 33 (0) Le Windsor **Hotel-Restaurant, Seafront. Tel.: 33 (0) Les Arcades **Hotel, on the docks. Tel.: 33 (0) Furnished apartment Mr and Mrs Leblanc-Steinmann 9 quai du Hâble Tel.: 33 (0) Many restaurants on the docks Bicycle rental: Parc Guy Weber in Saint-Aubin-le-Cauf (PN 101 on the Avenue Verte). Tel.: 33 (0) You can also plan your outing with the address book page 40 Dieppe: markets on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday morning. FOCUS Dieppe, seaside town Some say that it is Queen Hortense, Napoleon 1 st s daughter in law, who started with the fashion of sea bathing in Dieppe under the 1 st Empire. The upper-class leaded by Duchess de Berry will create the modern seaside town. During the Second Empire, Empress Eugenia, Napoleon III s wife, decided to develop the seafront gardens and it is how were created the hotels and the casino of the beach. The bathing fashion will become popular at the end of the 19 th century with the railway to Dieppe and many artists will come, such as the impressionist painters. Dieppe was the seaside town you had to go to until 1920 s. Did you know? Impressionist Dieppe Painters such as Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Boldini, Degas, Boudin, Blanche and their friends, musicians and writers, have enjoyed staying in the region of Dieppe since the end of the 19 th century. They were attracted by the reputation of the seaside town but their masterpieces were inspired by its light and its landscapes. The Impressionist Normandy festival highlights the wonderful cultural and natural heritage of Seine-Maritime. Moreover, 5 information panels are located in Dieppe and Pourville, in places where the impressionist painters have set up their easel. See the Impressions of Seine-Maritime brochure. Dieppe is presently the 1 st port for scallop fishing. About tons of this delicious seafood is fished from October until May by about thirty coquillards. The boats from Dieppe also bring mackerels, herrings, whitings, sardines, skates, sea breams, sea basses. Dieppe Castle-Museum
7 Dieppe Offranville Varengeville-sur-Mer: 21 km As an introduction, here is an itinerary starting from Hautot-sur-Mer, leading to Offranville, going via the Avenue Verte to reach the beautiful village of Varengeville and the beach of Pourville on little roads. You can also leave from Dieppe, on a hilly way, an itinerary for experienced bikers. DISCOVER Offranville: Dovecotes / A one thousand year old yew in front of the church with a twisted steeple / William Farcy Park, dedicated to roses, open every day (except on Tuesday in low season, 33 (0) / Jacques-Émile Blanche Museum, 33 (0) / Pleasant pedestrian itineraries including the Dovecotes itinerary. Varengeville-sur-Mer: One of the most beautiful villages of the Alabaster Coast, where impressionist painters used to enjoy coming / Several parks, gardens and beautiful properties / The Ango Manor, the former property of the famous ship owner, a jewel of the Renaissance architecture, visit every day from April until September, 33 (0) / The Moutiers wood park, one of the most beautiful garden of Normandy, 33 (0) The Offranville park dovecote AROUND The Miromesnil Castle of the 16 th and 18 th centuries, where Maupassant was born. Guided visit of the castle and visit of the gardens without guide. Bed and Breakfast in the castle, 33 (0) USEFUL INFORMATON Hautot-sur-Mer : La Source ***Campsite, Petit-Appeville, 33 (0) Aux Produits de la mer* Hotel-Restaurant, on Pourville seafront, 33 (0) Offranville : La Halte Verte, tourist office and bicycle rental, 33 (0) Le Pré Sainte-Anne, Bed and Breakfast and home catering, 33 (0) Le Colombier ***Campsite, 33 (0) Le Colombier Restaurant, 33 (0) Varengeville-sur-Mer : La Terrasse**, Hotel-Restaurant, tea lounge with view on the sea, 33 (0) Attitud bike, bicycle rental and mending, itineraries in Varengeville surroundings, 33 (0) Itinerary A rather easy 21 km long itinerary starting from Hautot-sur-Mer with a harder variant from Dieppe. There is also a possible way from Hautot-sur-Mer to the train station of Saint-Aubin-sur-Scie (the dotted line on the map). You can also plan your outing with the address book page 40 la Saâne D Phare d Ailly D 75 Vasterival Ste-Marguerite-sur-Mer Longueil Le Haut de Longueil Ouville-la-Rivière km The Channel Varengeville-sur-Mer Ambrumesnil The Ango Manor D 925 Tous les Mesnils 10 D 54 le Quesnot Pourville Ruines du Château des Hotos 4 3 Hautot-sur-Mer Le Bout de la Ville OFFRANVILLE 86 D 75 Parc du Colombier Halte Verte la Scie Rue de la Mer Newhaven, Londres DIEPPE 13 D 925 Petit-Appeville 4 Rue de Montigny Rue P.-F. Frissard Rue L. Rogé N N 27 Temporary itinerary Opening in 2012 Rouxmesnil-le-Haut D 915 l Arques Passerelle (Pied-à-terre) Les Bruyères Rouxmesnil-Bouteilles Ch. du Relais Rue de la Gare St-Rémi les Vertus Terminal Transmanche St- Jacques St-Aubin-sur-Scie Miromesnil D i e p p e b y t h e s e a Notre-Dame- de Bon-Secours Rue du Mont de Neuville D 485 D D Monastère Ste-Marie Puys Neuville-lès-Dieppe Hippodrome de Dieppe D 920 D 925 Thibermont vers Martin-Église Avenue Verte ARQUES-LA-BATAILLE Tourville-sur-Arques ues Castle of Arques Greenway Circuits on roads Temporary Beaumais i nerary Legend page 47
8 Dieppe Arques-la-Bataille: 10 km Before being able to start your trip on the Avenue Verte from the centre of Dieppe, here is a temporary itinerary on the road for experienced bikers. Two possibilities: the tourist and quiet way in the heights with a hilly start from Le Pollet and a short way without hill but in the traffic. DISCOVER Dieppe: Le Pollet, still very popular, is the historical fishermen s district. Neuville-lès-Dieppe: Saint-Aubin Church with its vault as a boat hull / Former manor converted in Bed and Breakfast. Martin-Église: village built around Saint-Martin Church / Sainte- Marie-de-Thibermont Monastery Arques-la-Bataille: strategic place where Henri IV won the battle of Arques / Ruins of the feudal fortress where you have a panoramic view above the valley, free visit outside / Notre-Damede-l Assomption Church Rouxmesnil-Bouteilles: the beautiful Hacquenouville Manor of the 16 th century, the present Town Hall La Varenne Lake / Arques Castle AROUND Ancourt: Pontrancart Castle (private) / The Eaulne mills. The Arques Forest USEFUL INFORMATION Dieppe : Le bistrot du Pollet, 23 rue Têtede-Bœuf, 33 (0) Neuville-lès-Dieppe : Le Manoir Bed and Breakfast, 32 rue du Général-de-Gaulle, on the itinerary, 33 (0) Martin-Église : L Auberge du Clos Normand **Hotel-Restaurant, 22 rue Henri IV (D1), 33 (0) Le Clos Robinson Hotel-Restaurant, 16 rue de l Ancien port, 33 (0) Les Peupliers *Campsite, 33 (0) Rouxmesnil-Bouteilles : L Éolienne **Hotel-Restaurant, 20 rue de la Croix de Pierre (54), 33 (0) Arques-la-Bataille : Auberge du Manoir d Archelles Hotel-Restaurant, route de Saint-Aubin-le-Cauf (D1), 33 (0) Bed and Breakfast: Villa d El Kantara, 33 (0) , Arch angels Home, 33 (0) You can also plan your outing with the address book page 40 The itinerary The tourist way, a pleasant but hilly way: From Le Pollet district (see map p. 10), climb Mont-de-Neuville Street. Go on in direction of Thibermont and Martin- Église. Be careful on the D1 road. The short way: from the train station, go to Normandie-Sussex Avenue and to Stalingrad Street (marking out in progress). Be careful on the D154 road km The Channel Newhaven, Londres Pourville DIEPPE 4 Terminal Transmanche D 75 Rue de la Mer 10 3 Rue de Montigny Rue P.-F. Frissard Rue L. Rogé D 925 la Scie Hautot-sur-Mer D D 485 Passerelle (Pied-à-terre) Les Bruyères Petit-Appeville Bracquemont Puys Neuville-lès-Dieppe Rue du Mont de Neuville St-Jacques St-Rémi Notre-Dame- de Bon-Secours Ch. du Relais 4 N 27 D 485 l Arques Rouxmesnil-Bouteilles Rue de la Gare les Vertus N 27 D 920 Hippodrome de Dieppe Temporary itinerary Opening in 2012 D 915 D 925 Thibermont Monastère Ste-Marie Rouxmesnil-le-Haut Grèges Coqueréaumont ARQUES-LA-BATAILLE St-Aubin-sur-Scie D 54 Martin-Église 6 Cité Viscose Archelles Castle of Arques 54 Tourville-sur-Arques D i e p p e b y t h e s e a Sauchay-le-Bas D 920 Ancourt l Eaulne The Arques Forest la Béthune La Varenne leisure centre Beaumaisais D 915 D 56 St-Aubin-le-Cauf PN Bout d Aval 16 PN 104 Parc André Fontaine 49 Martigny Bellengreville la Varenne Pont de Pierre Greenway Circuits on roads Temporary i nerary Legend page 47
9 S e itn he e - MAa vr ei tn i um e, V ve or ytae g egr r e ne sn ew ma by l e g u i d e FOCUS Arques-la-Bataille Castle The castle was built in the 12 th century and is a good example of the Middle Age defensive architecture. Located on the top of a rock above the valley of La Varenne, La Béthune and L Eaulne, the castle is protected on every side by the rivers and from there, you can see until the sea. Moats and a fortification were added in the 16 th century. The castle was said to be impregnable. It has been besieged many times, notably by William the Conqueror in 1052, and has undergone the battles of the Hundred Years War. It is the place where Henri IV defeated the League troops in The castle was dismantled during the 18 th century, only its ruins can be visited. La Varenne leisure centre La Varenne leisure centre It is an occasion to have an interesting walk. The André Fontaine Park was created around a former gravel pit converted in water pond. The gravel pits of the valleys of La Bethune and La Varenne enabled to extract the rivers alluvia, sand and gravel used for construction. The park is located in an area listed among the areas with an environmental, faunistic and floristic interest. It allows the reproduction of many birds, batrachians and fishes, improving biodiversity. It is also a place for fishing and water sports. The leisure centre is located in a privileged setting dominated by the Castle of Arques. It has the water sports centre label. You can enjoy many outdoor activities there and find group accommodation. La Varenne leisure centre Tel.: 33 (0) Panorama of Arques-la-Bataille Dieppe inner countryside After the seaside flavours, here are the flavours of Dieppe inner countryside, a land of confluence, where the waters of L Eaulne, La Varenne and La Béthune rivers mix to make L Arques River. This strategic site, as a huge delta with many fishing ponds, is like an invitation to have a walk. Seine-Maritime Tourisme
10 Arques-la-Bataille Saint-Vaast-d Équiqueville: 12 km The Avenue Verte is there for you by the rivers of La Varenne and La Béthune. It goes along huge water ponds, where you can admire many birds. As the Castle of Arques is near, you can enjoy many different outdoor activities. DISCOVER Saint-Aubin-le-Cauf: Former property of the Normandy Dukes. The name of the village comes from one of its lords called Le Cauf, meaning the bald-headed man / La Châtellenie is a 18 th century castle built on a feudal underpinning and converted in Bed and Breakfast. Martigny: Remarkable bridge made of stone before the former La Varenne ford, enabling to reach Saint-Aubin-le-Cauf. Dampierre-Saint-Nicolas: The train station was very busy at the early 20 th century because the factories of Saint-Nicolasd Aliermont, specialised in clock making, had to send their production. Meulers: Former basket maker s village. Freulleville: Start of hiking itineraries to go to the Eawy Forest. AROUND Saint-Nicolas-d Aliermont: Amazing street-village and a famous place in the Norman history of clock making / Musée de l Horlogerie (Clock making museum), 33 (0) / little tour to go to the village starting from PN 101 and PN 99. USEFUL INFORMATION Saint-Aubin-le-Cauf: Parc Naturel Éducatif Guy Weber (educational park), Maison de l Eau et de la Nature (The Water and Nature House), barrestaurant, shop, picnic area, bicycle rental, PN 101. Tel.: 33 (0) La Châtellenie Gite accommodation and Bed and Breakfast, 33 (0) La Varenne leisure centre, group accommodation and outdoor activities, 33 (0) Le Narval Café, welcoming hikers, 33 (0) Martigny: Camping des Deux Rivières, ***Campsite, 33 (0) Dampierre-Saint-Nicolas: Café des Quatre Routes, café welcoming hikers, 33 (0) Freulleville: Gîte des Redans (gite accommodation), 33 (0) Itineraries around the Avenue Verte Saint-Vaast-d Équiqueville: Gite accommodation and Bed and Breakfast, at Mr and Mrs Fretel s, 33 (0) Le Relais de l Avenue Verte, café providing many services such as catering, bicycle rental, 33 (0) You can also plan your outing with the address book page 40 On the way to St Nicolas-d Aliermont, at PN 101 or PN 99, on quiet but very hilly roads. On the way to the Eawy Forest: easy itineraries on marked roads at PN 102 or PN 100, also see the following map. La Varenne and the stone bridge Coqueréaumont D Castle of Arques Martin-Église Cité Viscose 54 ARQUES-LA-BATAILLE Sauchay-le-Bas Archelles Tourville-sur-Arques Ancourt D 920 l Eaulne The Arques Forest PN D 56 D 915 PN 102 Parc André Fontaine La Varenne leisure centre Beaumais ST-NICOLAS-D ALIERMONT Bout d Aval St-Aubin-le-Cauf Martigny Bellengreville Pont de Pierre Le Bois-Robert 49 PN 101 D 98 1 PN 99 PN 100 The Guy Weber educational park la Varenne la Béthune km vers Envermeu Bout d Amont D 201 Dampierre-St-Nicolas 14 The Eawy Forest St-Germain-d Étables Rue de la Côte de Bailly Les Démagnes PN 97 D i e p p e i n n e r c o u n t r y s i d e 6 35 D 56 Meulers PN 96 Freulleville The Eawy Forest Notre-Dame-d Aliermont St-Jacques-d Aliermont 33 PN 94 8 Les Grandes-Ventes D 298 D 201 PN 92 Équiqueville D 56 St-Vaast-d Équiqueville D Greenway PN 91 Ricarville -du-val Circuits on roads Temporary i nerary Legend page 47
11 D i e p p e i n n e r c o u n t r y s i d e The Arques and Eawy Forests These national forests are the ancestors of the huge forest which used to cover a big part of Pays de Bray. The Arques Forest (1 000 ha) and the Eawy Forest (7 000 ha), which name means «humid place», are mainly made of beeches and oaks. They used to provide wood for sawmills, glassmaking and chests making nearby. The Eawy Forest, was a place where the German Army had V1 launching ramps during the Second World War. The forest was seriously damaged by the battles. Conifers were planted in the damaged area. These forests have become places where people enjoy going because of their comfortable coldness and their fauna diversity. The Guy Weber educational park FOCUS 250 years of clock making in Saint-Nicolas-d Aliermont The village of Saint-Nicolas-d Aliermont has specialised in this activity. A museum, unique in Normandy, tells you all about this know-how of Aliermont from the 18 th century until today through an interactive course. Through the collections, the archive documents, the accounts, notably about the Bayard s clocks, which has employed up to 900 workers, the pictures, the workshop, you can discover the world of clock making. From June until September, from Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-12:00 AM and 2:00-6:00 PM. From October to December and from February 15 th to May 31 st, from Wednesday to Sunday: 2:30-6:00 PM. Tel.: 33 (0) The place is managed by an association helping disabled persons. This beautiful park, surrounded with La Bethune River and the Avenue Verte, is kept by persons with a mental disability. The environment is specific to humid areas. Discover the theme gardens, the kitchen garden, the maze through paths accessible to everyone. You can even see some animals. The Water and Nature House, located at the entrance, welcomes temporary exhibitions. It is more than an educational place, it is a rendez-vous you cannot miss on the Avenue Verte as you can find all the services you need there: picnic tables, a bar without alcohol, a shop with land products and a bicycle rental. A stop you cannot miss on the Avenue Verte. PN 101 of the Avenue Verte Saint-Aubin-le-Cauf Tel.: 33 (0) Did you know? By La Béthune River, the willows have enabled the village of Meulers to specialise in bucket making since the 16 th century. The wicker (the willow branches) is used as the hazel, the ash and the chestnut to make different kinds of baskets.
12 S e itn he e - MAa vr ei tn i um e, V ve or ytae g egr r e ne sn ew ma by l e g u i d e In Seine-Maritime, all the tourist information is geolocated The land of Neufchâtel Direct access to the travel guide From the land of Dieppe to Pays de Bray, it is a long panoramic trip in the middle of the green and wooded hills leading to Neufchâtel. The beautiful countryside of Pays de Bray is full of dairy farms and orchards, providing the good products that you usually find on the Norman and Parisian markets. My mobile phone knows where I am and gives me advice on the activities, the tourist sites, the accommodation and the restaurants around. seine-maritime-tourism.mobi Landscape of Pays de Bray Welcome in the land of savours! Seine-Maritime Tourisme
13 24 25 T h e l a n d o f N e u f c h â t e l Saint-Vaast d Équiqueville Mesnières-en-Bray: 10 km The beautiful La Bethune River flows along the Avenue Verte from Arques-la-Bataille. In the middle of this, those who are fond of good food will enjoy visiting the little farms, as an educational and cultural break in Mesnières-en-Bray. DISCOVER Bures-en-Bray: 12 th century church with a twisted steeple / Tourpes Manor, where Gabrielle d Estrées, Henri IV s favourite, used to live / Panorama on the landscapes road (on the D 77 road). Osmoy-Saint-Valery: 13 th century chapel and a 17 th century house. Mesnières-en-Bray: Gardenvillage / Renaissance castle with a park where is settled an horticultural and forest college / Renovated wash-house / Funny and poetic foot itinerary called Cérès and the small photographer (45mn), educational path of Saint-Amador Hill, panorama of the landscapes road (1h30). Mesnières Castle USEFUL INFORMATION Bures-en-Bray: Ferme Équestre Le Bas-Bray (equestrian farm), Bed and Breakfast, 33 (02) Osmoy-Saint-Valery: Les Vergers de la Gentilhommière, cider production, 33 (0) La ferme d Agnès: fruits and land jams, 33 (0) Mesnières-en-Bray: In the village, countryside café and delicatessen, 33 (0) À la Maison Restaurant, 33 (0) Village gite accommodation, in the former presbytery, 33 (0) Beau Soleil gite accommodation, 33 (0) Bed and Breakfast, 23 Grand Rue, 33 (0) Pony riding, Ferme du Bois de la Ville, 33 (0) Mesnières Castle (accommodation): family and group gite accommodation, campsite, restaurant (reservation) Visit of the park and guided visit of the castle: every day except on Tuesday in July and August, on week-end and holidays from Easter until the end of October, 33 (0) Also plan your outing with the address book page 40 Did you know? Some say that during the Hundred Years War, the young ladies of Pays de Bray, who were susceptible to the English soldiers charms, used to declare their feelings offering the delicious cheese in shape of heart. This custom has gone through the centuries, allying the pleasure of food with gallantry. Notre-Dame-d Aliermont 6 D 201 St-Jacques-d Aliermont D 56 St-Vaast-d Équiqueville 33 PN 94 D D PN 91 PN 92 Équiqueville Les Grandes-Ventes Ricarville-du-Val Val de Ricarville 14 D Ste-Agathe-d Aliermont Épinay Bois du Mont Duet PN 88 Maintru PN 87 la Béthune Le Mesnil aux Moines D 77 D 77 Bois de Locus Mesnil-Follemprise km Croixdalle Beauval PN 86 Osmoy-St-Valery D D 56 The Eawy Forest 5 Burettes Bures-en-Bray PN 84 Isembertheville Pommeréval Mesnières-en-Bray 130 PN 83 Fresles Forêt D 97 D 56 PN 82 Le Bois de la Ville 14 La Queue du Hellet du St-Amador 160 PN 81 La Croix au Guet 6 Les Nots Bully Hellet D 97 Greenway Circuits on roads Legend page 47 PN 80 D 48 Temporary i nerary D1314
14 26 27 T h e l a n d o f N e u f c h â t e l Mesnières-en-Bray Neufchâtel-en-Bray Saint-Saire: 13,5 km After Mesnières and its castle, comparable to those you can see in Val de Loire, let s go to Neufchâtel-en-Bray, a gastronomic stop. You will be in the heart of the land where the famous cheese is made but also in the land of apples and cider. Saint-Saire will be another charming stop. 2 Forêt D 56 La Queue du Hellet du Hellet D 97 D1314 La Grande Corbière Forêt de Ménonval St-Antoine 8 La Vallée D 929 La Montagne discover Neuville-Ferrières: Jardin du Plaisir au Savoir and Jardin de curé (gardens) / Marked paths including La Houperie educational path (1 h). Saint-Saire: Former train station converted in a multiservice area. AROUND Bully: Martincamp, a potter s village, where pieces were made every year during the 19 th century. Massy: Artmazia, vegetal maze, artistic centre, countryside café, from May until August, 33 (0) Itineraries around the Avenue Verte USEFUL INFORMATION Saint-Martin-l Hortier: Bed and Breakfast in a manor, 33 (0) Bully: Quesnay Bed and Breakfast and gite accommodation, 33 (0) Ferme fruitière du Haut Pas (fruits production), 33 (0) Massy: Gite accommodation at Mr and Mrs Troll s, Le Quesnay (Artmazia site), 33 (0) Neuville-Ferrières: Rest area Botanical garden The village café, countryside café and multiservice delicatessen, closed on Monday, 33 (0) On roads in direction of the site of Artmazia and Bully. Hills, more or less 2 hours. Saint-Saire: Gîte de la Source**gite accommodation, 33 (0) Le Quai Gourmand, PN 70, café, restaurant, land products shop, gite, bicycle rental, 33 (0) or 33 (0) Also plan your outing with the address book page 40 Did you know? Starting from the rest area of Neuville-Ferrières, the garden named «du Plaisir au Savoir» is an introduction to the plants world. Panels giving the description of each plant are even translated in Braille for partially sighted persons. PN 84 Isembertheville 2 14 Pommeréval Mesnières-en-Bray 130 PN 83 Le Bois de la Ville D 97 Fresles PN 82 St-Amador 160 La Croix au Guet PN 81 Les Nots km Bully PN 80 Martincamp PN 79 6 D 48 Château Duflot 14 Le Mont d Aulage 161 D 56 A 28 PN 76 9 D 928 D 928 NEUFCHÂTEL-EN-BRAY Quièvrecourt St-Martin-l Hortier La Folie Caron Esclavelles Les Viviers Canger Mont Ricard PN Artmazia vegetal maze 147 D PN 74 3 la Béthune Le Quesnay 14 D1314 PN 73 Neuville-Ferrières Massy Bouelles Les Thuyas PN 71 Les Quesnets La Houppelière Fontaine-en-Bray 4,5 PN 70 Le Mont Durand 17 Nesle-Hodeng PN 69 St-Saire Greenway D 7 Circuits on roads Temporary i nerary Legend page 47
15 28 29 T h e l a n d o f N e u f c h â t e l 1 Tourist Information Centre 2 Avenue Verte Station 3 Mathon-Durand Museum 4 Theatre 5 Market - Halles 6 Campsite (out of the map) Neufchâtel-en-Bray Neufchâtel-en-Bray is an active little town and the economic capital of Pays de Bray at the crossroads oof the Dieppe-Paris and Amiens-Rouen roads. A nice stop with every services you need, crowded markets, shops and restaurants. i Useful information Land of Neufchâtel Tel.: 33 (0) Avenue Verte Station, a typical 1950 s decoration, an ideal rendez-vous close to the town centre. Mathon-Durand Museum, art and traditions collections in a house of the 17 th century, 33 (0) Les Airelles **Hotel-Restaurant, 33 (0) Le Grand Cerf **Hotel- Restaurant, 33 (0) Le Cellier du Val Boury, bed and breakfast and gite accommodation, 33 (0) Le Chardon Bleu Bed and Breakfast, 33 (0) Sainte-Claire**Campsite, bicycle rental, 33 (0) Bicycle rental: Mr Avril, 33 (0) Many hiking trails including an educational course named Discover the solar system along the Avenue Verte. Also plan your outing with the address book page 40 Neufchâtel-en-Bray: market on Saturday morning. Did you know? Neufchâtel-en-Bray used to be named Drincourt. The town has changed its name after the construction of the new castle replacing the castle which had been destructed at the end of the 16 th century on Henri IV s order. Some stones of the foundations can still be seen behind the theatre, on the street named rue du vieux-château. FOCUS The Neufchâtel cheese How to make a delicious cheese with the taste of Normandy with a white and creamy paste? Take some Norman cows that you let pasture as long as it is necessary, then take their milk and use an ancestral know-how to curdle and strain it. Press and knead the paste and mould it as you want, in shape of bung, small brick, square or heart. Add salt and keep it in a cellar during a few days up to several months to get the taste you prefer. It is like this that the Neufchâtel cheese has been made in Pays de Bray since the 11 th century. This cheese has been protected by a label since There is even a brotherhood of the Neufchâtel cheese staging the cheese festival in Neufchâtel-en- Bray on the 3 rd week-end of September. A good occasion to go on the Avenue Verte! The gastronomy of Pays de Bray The Norman gastronomy is very important in Pays de Bray as its preserved land produces quality products. Many farms produce excellent apples, pears and red fruits and beekeepers create many honey products. There are also all the market vegetables, top quality meat and off course, the delicious Neufchâtel cheese. Calvados, pommeau, cider, apple juice, cider and apple jelly, and cider vinegar. These products coming from an organic or integrated agriculture are sold under the brand named Bienvenue en Gourmandie. The originality of the Pays de Bray gastronomy is that it mixes the land products with the sea products coming from Dieppe. You can also taste many delicious recipes with Neufchâtel cheese that you can savour with a glass of cider!
16 S e itn he e - MAa vr ei tn i um e, V ve or ytae g egr r e ne sn ew ma by l e g u i d e FOCUS Landscapes of Pays de Bray The land is crossed by the road linking Paris to the seaside and goes from The Norman Vexin to Île-de-France, La Manche, between Picardy and Pays de Caux. A major geological phenomenon which occurred during the Mesozoic and the Tertiary eras led to the emergence of hills and cuestas, which have weathered out with time. Between chalky hills of about 200 m high, a clay plain with many rivers gathers Gournay-en- Bray, Forges-les-Eaux and Neufchâtel-en-Bray. Its geographical characteristics have protected Pays de Bray, which is still made of hedged farmlands. The landscapes road of Pays de Bray includes 9 sites with information panels and enables to discover the geographical, fauna and flora richness. Booklet and Outing kit available in the Pays de Bray Tourist Information Centres. La Ferme de Bray (The Bray Farm) Located in a valley above Forges-les- Eaux, close to the former Beaubec Abbey, it is a traditional farm, renovated by a family who has a passion for it. It is both a rural museum and the family s house. The farm invites you to travel in time to discover the activities of a farm in Pays de Bray during the 17 th century: mill, dovecote, dairy, kitchen, bread oven, laundry room, barn with tools, hen house, cider press, pressing shed, cellar. You can also enjoy the fishing ponds and many activities for children. The owners, Mr and Mrs Perrier, can welcome you in their comfortable bed and breakfast located in the mansion. Tel.: 33 (0) Landscape of Pays de Bray Landscape of Pays de Bray The land of Forges-les-Eaux Forges-les-Eaux, which motto is with iron and water, is a thermal town with nice villas and parks of the 19 th century. The Avenue Verte winds between the hills until the former thermal station, a temporary terminus, before its continuation on the way to Gournay and Paris. Seine-Maritime Tourisme
17 Saint-Saire Forges-les-Eaux: 11,5 km The Avenue Verte goes across the land of iron and water. It is here that the Seine affluents, the Andelle and the Epte rivers originate. Forges benefits from ferruginous waters. The town has based its thermal reputation on its springs properties. DISCOVER Mesnil-Mauger: La Vache de Louvicamp, farm and activities, visit and farm products sale, 3 (0) Nesle-Hodeng: Several cheese producers, see the address book page 40. Beaubec-la-Rosière: Nice square surrounded with lime trees / Nearby, ruins of the Cistercian Abbey of Beaubec (private site). AROUND Sommery: La Ferme de Bray, typical architecture of Pays de Bray, see page Roncherolles-en-Bray: 12 th century church. Mauquenchy: Racecourse where you can see many PMU events. La Ferté-Saint-Samson: Historical village, Henri IV s house, feudal site / Panorama of the Landscapes Road. USEFUL INFORMATION Nesle-Hodeng: Gîte du Petit Pré, gite accommodation, 33 (0) Gîte Le Moulin de la Butte, gite accommodation, 33 (0) Beaubec-la-Rosière: Le Relais de Beaubec, PN 65, terrace, catering, ice creams, home-made pastries, bicycle for lend for children, every day from April until October, 33 (0) Au Coq à l Âne, Bed and Breakfast, donkey rental and gardening, 33 (0) Serqueux: Vélo loisirs passion, bicycle rental and mending, 33 (0) Sommery: La Ferme de Bray Bed and Breakfast, La Cavée (D 915), bicycle access, 33 (0) Roncherolles-en-Bray: Gîte du Guide, gite accommodation, 33 (0) Gîte Le Tilleul, gite accommodation, 33 (0) Mauquenchy: Le Clos du Quesnay, Bed and Breakfast and home catering, Gypsy caravan accommodation, 33 (0) Also plan your outing with the address book page 40 Itineraries around the Avenue Verte On roads leading to the Ferme de Bray in Sommery, starting from PN 63 in Beaubec-la-Rosière or from Avenue Mathilde in Forges-les- Eaux. A 2h30 hilly itinerary. 4,5 PN 70 PN 71 Les Quesnets Massy Nesle-Hodeng 14 PN 69 La Houppelière St-Saire Le Mont Durand 17 Fontaine-en-Bray PN 66 D1314 PN 67 D la Béthune Mesnil-Mauger le Sorson La Rosière PN ,5 D 35 Sommery Le Bel Endroit Beaubec-la-Rosière 02 PN 64 Le Bagageot La Cavée The Bray farm Chemin PN 63 La Croix Crochetot D PN 62 Route de la Croix du Vieux Bled 02 Les Hauts Chênes D km T h e l a n d o f F o r g e s - l e s - E a u x Serqueux Roncherolles-en-Bray l Epte Le Plix 5 D1314 Avenue Mathilde Bois de l Épinay Frétancourt Mauquenchy D 919 D 919 The former thermal Station Casino 143 D l Andelle D 921 D 915 FORGES-LES-EAUX Le Pontaux-Moines La Chaule Hippodrome de Mauquenchy Le Fossé Rouvray-Catillon Forêt de Bray La Route de Forges La Ferté-St-Samson Greenway Circuits on roads Temporary i nerary Legend page 47
18 34 35 T h e l a n d o f F o r g e s - l e s - E a u x Forges-les-Eaux FOCUS AVENUE VERTE 1 Tourist Information Centre 2 Town Hall 3 Former thermal station 4 Domaine de Forges 5 Halles - Market 6 Campsite (out of the map) A green town with a top family label. It is one of the most beautiful detours of France and a tourist town. You can enjoy many water, nature and well-being activities as it is a thermal town in the middle of nature. i Useful information Forges-les-Eaux Tel.: 33 (0) The train station is located in Serqueux, 2,5 km away. Parc de l Épinay, area around the Andelle Lake. Piscine Hugues Duboscq, by the Avenue Verte, 33 (0) Domaine de Forges, prestigious hotel, restaurants, spa and casino, 33 (0) Forges Beach, leisure centre and beach of the Domaine de Forges, free access, concerts and activities. La Paix **Hotel-Restaurant, 33 (0) Sofhotel **Hotel-Restaurant, 33 (0) Forges-les-Eaux: market on Thursday and Sunday morning. Le Relais du Chasse-Marée gite accommodation, former thermal station, bicycle rental, 33 (0) Le Point du Jour, gite accommodation, 33 (0) Gîte du Grand Hêtre, gite accommodation, 33 (0) Forges **campsite, La Minière, caravan park, 33 (0) VVF Village Vacances, holiday resort, 33 (0) Cycles Vauquet, bicycle mending, sale and rental, 33 (0) Many hiking trails Forges Riding School, 33 (0) Also plan your outing with the address book page 40 With iron and water The history of this town in the heart of the Norman hedged farmland is summed up in its motto, Ferro et aqua, with iron and water. The soil containing iron has provided big forges since the Gallo-Roman times. When the deposits were exhausted during the 16 th century, the town has become a famous thermal site. Louis XIII, Anne of Austria and Richelieu came for its water. La Grande Mademoiselle, Voltaire, Marivaux or Buffon contributed to its reputation. In the 19 th century, the interest for sea bathing and the construction of the casino have definitely established tourism in this Norman town, where some say that Louis XIV, the Sun-King, had been conceived in Did you know? Land of clay and earthenware The soil of Forges-les-Eaux contains iron but also clay with exceptional qualities. This clay used since the Gallo-Roman times has attracted an English earthenware maker named Georges Wood, who created the first earthenware factory of Forges in Two kinds of earthenware of Forges has became much sought after: one called terre de pipe, which is fine and light, and another one called culs noirs, which gathers plates covered with a brown enamel that gives more resistance. You can admire the most beautiful earthenware items of that time in the Earthenware Museum located in the wedding room of the Town Hall. There used to be many brickyards and tileries in Pays de Bray. There used to be many brickyards and tileries in Pays de Bray. There were up to twenty of them during the 19 th century and three of them were in Forges-les-Eaux. One of the most important brickyards was in Sommery and produced 24 millions of bricks in 1865 for the railway tunnel construction. You can still see some of these amazing buildings with a high chimney today. Villa Richelieu in Forges-les-Eaux
19 S e itn he e - MAa vr ei tn i um e, V ve or ytae g egr r e ne sn ew ma by l e g u i d e FOCUS The traditional architecture of Pays de Bray The architecture of Pays de Bray used bricks as there was an important local production of bricks during the 19 th century. There are many clever combinations with a large range of patterns on prestigious buildings but also on simple ones. Stone, like the one extracted from ferruginous sandstone around the construction site, is often associated with bricks. Flint is used for bases and cut to get an external smooth surface. Wood is also used for frameworks, cladding, half-timbered buildings, filled with bricks or cob. The half-timbered construction is made with spaced wood beams. Most of the time, the wood was taken from an old construction for a new one. Concerning the roof, you usually see slate roofs in Pays de Bray. You can also see tile roofs as tiles were made in local factories. Actually, the architecture of Pays de Bray has been environmentally friendly since the beginning! Paris-London on a bicycle In 2012, enter the legend of Paris-London Avenue Verte! An itinerary especially dedicated to bicycle riders linking Paris to London, through Pays de Bray and the Cross-Channel Dieppe-Newhaven line. Village of Pays de Bray Seine-Maritime Tourisme
20 T h e A v e n u e V E R T E g r e e n w a y g u i d e 38 Paris London on a bicycle This great project was imagined in Seine-Maritime and associates 6 French départements with English partners in order to create one of the most amazing European bicycle itineraries. In France, you will go to Paris on little roads and green trails going through the Norman Vexin before reaching the Oise and the Seine departments. In England, the itinerary follows the National Cycle Network from Newhaven until the Tames. Rendez-vous in 2012 for the first marked course! 39 1h15mn away from Paris, Seine-Maritime is an ideal destination for your bicycle rides! Seine maritime benefits from a preserved natural environment with its white cliffs, its quiet river and its beautiful countryside landscapes. An ideal place to visit on a bicycle. The Alabaster Coast Cycle Route enables the experienced bikers to enjoy exceptional panoramas on the coasts of Le Havre, Étretat, Fécamp, Dieppe and Le Tréport, over 160 km. Ave n ue V er te The Alabaster Coast Cycle Route The Dieppe - Forges-lesEaux Avenue Verte is an ideal 45 km trail. It will be linked to Paris and London in 2012 with a special bicycle itinerary. The Petiville - Villequier green trail is a foretaste on almost 15 km long of the future bicycle road that will be along the river. The bicycle road of La Pointe de Caux goes around Le Havre. This is almost a green road linking the Alabaster Coast bicycle road and the future bicycle road that will be along the seine River. The bicycle road of La Pointe de Caux The Dieppe - Forges-les-Eaux Avenue Verte The Petiville - Villequier green trail Many marked bicycle itineraries are already there to discover the beautiful variety of the Seine-Maritime landscapes.