8 walks between 5 and 16 miles in the Calais area suitable for day trips by ferry.
|Length||8 - 26 km (5 to 16 miles)|
|Toughness||1 - 6 (it varies for the 8 walks)|
The PDF contains map extracts.
These walks in the Calais area have all been designed to be possible on day trips (or better still, a short break) from England - either by ferry to Calais or train to the TGV Frethun station (just outside Calais). They are public transport friendly.
Warning, the routes are not necessarily waymarked - please follow the maps.
The walks PDF was kindly created for us and for you by Jeunes et Nature de Calais, a Calais based walking club.
These walks are also on their website, with IGN (the equivalent of OS) mapping and GPS data.
Calais, North and St Pierre quarter : The Port and the Lace Museum.
Town and marina / seafront, easy. 6 miles / 10 km.
Circular urban walk around Calais town centre, the old town, docks, seafront and pier. Passes the train station.
Start from Calais, central station (Gare Centre-Ville/ Calais-Ville). Things to see:
Calais and Blériot beach: Tour of the Forts.
Town and eastern beaches, easy. 6 miles / 10 km
Circular urban/seashore/countryside walk around Calais seafront, yacht marina, dunes and some old forts. Returns via an inland route. Access: A short walk from the train station.
Start from Calais beach, Digue Gaston Berthe (the promenade), by the west pier - a short walk from the ferry terminal or town train station. Things to see:
Sangatte Circular: Cap Blanc-Nez and the hills of Noires Mottes.
Cliff-top circular walk with channel views to the summiy of Cape Blanc-Nez, fairly easy - 1 small hill. 8 km / 5 miles
Sangatte is on the coast, about 5km west of Calais. Access by car, #5 city bus or Div'in coastal bus.
Start by the access to the sea at Sangatte, near the church. Bus stop: "La Div'in" . Things to see:
Calais-Frethun (TGV station) to the "d'Escalles balcony"
From the TGV station to chalk cliff cliffs, long, hard. 26km / 16 miles
Circular walk from Calais TGV station to the Escalles ridge with coastal views around Cape Blanc-Nez, and the Channel Tunnel terminal. Access by TGV, or by Div'in / # 5 bus as walk 3.
Start from the Calais-Frethun TGV station. Things to see:
Inland, villages, lowlands and marshes, easy. 8 km (5 miles)
About 5km south of Calais, access by car or city bus
Start from the Town Hall of Nielles-lès-Calais, located in the "Basse Nielles" quarter, 800m east of the church of Nielles. Things to see:
|Walk 6 & 7||
2 inland short walks from Guînes, about 8km south of Calais, access by car of bus
6 : Coulogne / Guînes: between river and marsh.
Easy. 17 km (11 miles) or 10 km (6 miles)
A figure of 8 walk - Lowlands, a canal, a disused railway line, marshes, nature reserves.
Two possible start points: Coulogne Bridge (closer to Calais), or Tournepuits Road in Guînes.
Things to see:
7 : Guînes marsh: The "Tétards" nature trail.
Easy. 2 km 1.5 miles
A nature trail. May be combined with walk 6.
Start from Guînes marsh, by the St Joseph Village (replica old village) - [French only].
Wissant-Audinghen: Cape Gris-Nez and Tardinghen marsh.
Hard. 13 miles / 21 km
Figure of 8 walk around the clifftops of Cape Gris-Nez. Cliffs and beaches, return by an inland routes of dunes and marshes. Access by Div'in bus or car.
Start from: the church at Wissant (about 16km west along the coast from Calais), the Church at Tardinghen, or Cape Gris-Nez. Things to see:
Buses in Calais are now free!
The Balad'in (town centre shuttle) run Mon-Sat, every 10 mins
The Div'in (Cap Blanc Nez cliffs shuttle) runs weekends Apr-Oct, daily Jul-Aug. At other times, the #5 city bus goes as far as Sangatte
By Public Transport (Train to Dover, then Ferry)
There is an unpublicised combined ticket from London to Calais (train to Dover, walk to port, P&O ferry), about £25 return with a Network Card
See Seat 61 - London to Paris, and scroll down to the Calais Day tripper section.
By Public Transport (Eurostar from London St Pancras to Calais-Freuthen
Only 1 hour via TGV, but, as of 2011, only 2 or 3 trains a day. One of the walks starts at Calais Freuthen station. Its outside the town centre, but there is  a free shuttle bus
Expensive in summer (about £80 if booked in advance), but much cheaper (e.g. 2-for-1 offers) in winter.
90 mins drive to Dover, then 40 mins by Eurostart, or 90 mins on the ferry. There is lots of parking by Calais' town beach. If you're stocking up on cheap booze, remember, the hypermarkets are closed on Sunday.
Ferry: Usually cheaper. In winter there are sometimes very cheap daytrip offers - £30 for a car and 4 passengers.
Eurotunnel (car on train shuttle) : Quicker, but usually more expensive than the ferry. The French terminal is handy for the coastal walks. Its near to the large Citi Europe shopping Centre with a hypermarket.
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