Walks in nature reserve


Dans la réserve naturelle nationale de la baie de Canche

You are invited to go to meet nature.

This exceptional heritage maintained throughout the year invites you to wonderful Rendez-Vous Nature with an important faunistic and floristic diversity as well as the presence of remarkable species.

La Canche, coastal river draws a funnel estuary, said Picard with a poulier (sand point) to the south and a musoir (eroded shore) to the north. The Bay Nature Reserve of La Canche occupies the north of the estuary on 505 hectares, in the communes of Étaples, Lefaux and Camiers.

The site is classified as a nature reserve. The site has many attractions of landscapes (great diversity of protected habitats): mudflats and salt meadows, dry dunes, wet dune areas, dunes stuck on an old chalk cliff. The rich ecosystems of the bay are sources of many ecological “benefits”. Also, animal and plant species are proving to be exceptionally diverse.

This area rich in biodiversity, owned by the Conservatoire du Littoral and managed by Éden 62, is in the perimeter of the parc naturel marin des estuaires picards et de la mer d’Opale (marine natural park of estuaires picards and the Opal Sea). The maintenance of the quality of the resources and the durability of the maritime activities depend on the preservation of the site.

This site is a sensitive natural area … which can be visited! Hiking trails, observatories, belvedere make you aware of the biological, geological and landscape interest of the site. While respecting the rules and remaining very vigilant at times and coefficients of the tides, take of the hiking trails freely and immerse yourself in an amazing nature. From August to February, do not be surprised to meet on the Maritime Public Domain, waterfowl hunters.

Map of our ideas for walks in the national nature reserve of the bay de Canche:


The walksAnimated walks with varied themes

The walk: Le Chemin des Molières (distance: 1.6 km -one way- > in green on the map). On foot, from Étaples, this path on the Public Maritime Domain runs along the salt meadows and joins the nature reserve (viewpoint of La Boucle du Tadorne) and the bed of the river Canche.

The walk: La Boucle du Tadorne (distance to go around: 2.2 km > in yellow on the map). Enjoy the belvedere and 2 observatories, then join the Plage des Pauvres (beach des Pauvres). We hunt on the beach and on the walk of Molières, from August to February and they are totally flooded during high tides.

The walk: La Butte aux Signaux (distance to go around: 2.3 km > in blue on the map). You will take advantage of the most beautiful point of view on the bay of Canche on this dune clump with an important difference in level. The walk crosses twice the departmental road.

The walk: Les Garennes de Lornel (distance: 1.6 km -one way- > in pink on the map). This walk goes to the beach (35 minutes), through the dunes interspersed with pine forests where 2 bunkers are stranded. According to the tide times and the tidal coefficients, you can join the Boucle du Tardorne (think of the return).

The walk: Le GR du Littoral ou GR 120 (section of the European coastal path E9 > dotted line white and red on the map). This walk goes from The Baie d’Authie (Authie Bay) to the Belgian border. We discover the coast through the most remarkable natural sites including that of the Baie de Canche (Bay of Canche).

A nature guide also organizes walks (from 2 to 3 hours), for all public (in French): the naturalist or the simple lover of nature.

Adults and adolescents over 12 years: €4. Information at the Tourist Office: 03 21 09 56 94

Other walks on the website www.eden62.fr

Access to the walking pathsAccess to the water activities equipmentAccess to the military cemeteryAccès to maison dans la dune

Park your car in the car park of the base nautique (water activities equipment) or at the military cemetery (at the north exit of the city, on the road to Boulogne-sur-Mer) or on the parking in front of the Maison dans la Dune (House in the Dune) in Camiers or on either side of the departmental road 940 before the Sainte-Cécile roundabout.

Centre nautique de La Canche

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Centre nautique de La Canche 50.520504, 1.627125
Cimetière militaire d'Étaples

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Cimetière militaire d\'Étaples 50.535226, 1.624560
Parking de la maison dans la dune

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Parking de la maison dans la dune 50.551017, 1.618917

You wish to discover the diversity of the ecological units of the nature reserve, at the origin of an important faunistic and floristic diversity, as well as the presence of remarkable species …

Information and booking:

03 21 84 13 93 or 03 21 09 56 94 or by mail nature.etaples@gmail.com

You are part of an association, a club, a school … for an adapted offer, do not hesitate to consult the Groups service.

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