The Bliquetuit Trail
Vallée de Seine
Along the towpath and through the fields, this pleasant stroll provides very nice views over the Seine Valley.
Leaving from the Visitor Centre of the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Natural Park, you will explore Notre-Dame-de-Bliquetuit, a village of the Brotonne Peninsula. This huge natural area is called this way because it is home to the green Brotonne Forest, a true haven for walkers.
Your walk will start in the shade of ash trees and will take you to the welcoming village of Notre-Dame-de-Bliquetuit. Before reaching the banks of the river, take time to admire the village and Notre-Dame Church. This building, which is now listed a Historic Monument, was built in the 11th century. Although it has been partly destroyed by a fire a few centuries later, some remains of the original building are still visible. Can you find them?
The circular walk then shows typically Norman half-timbered houses. Keep your eyes open to see the famous thatched roofs! Indeed, Notre-Dame-de-Bliquetuit is the starting point of the famous Thatched Cottage Trail, a charming route that goes as far as the Marias Vernier.
A few metres further away, the view will open onto the most famous French river: the Seine! It is the ideal opportunity to relax while listening to the sound of the water. Without even noticing it, you will see a silhouette taking shape in the distance... No, you are not mistaken, it is indeed the Brotonne Bridge! An exceptional piece of modern art and technical prowess, its fan-shaped structure, which is more than one kilometre long, dates back to the 1970s, links the Peninsula to Caudebec-en-Caux that you can see just behind. With a rare design, it is often compared to a tall sailing ship!
From the towpath, you will have an unobstructed view over the colourful houses of Caudebec and its Gothic Church. This view will certainly make you want to cross the river and go and explore the town! At the end of the walk on the towpath, stop for a break in Saint-Nicolas-de-Bliquetuit. There, thanks to the Impressionist information panel located in a wooded setting, you will be able to learn more about one of works made by Eugène Boudin, a painter of sky and water from Honfleur. Dedicated to the painting La Seine in Caudebec-en-Caux the information panel is part of the route "The Impressionist River": the Seine Valley has been an endless source of inspiration for artists!
You will continue your walk through the countryside before returning to Visitor Centre of the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Natural Park. This former farmstead comprises a splendid 16th century half-timbered manor house, a bread oven, a barn, a dovecote, a cart-house and a press house. It has been converted into a visitor centre that provides tourist information and holds exhibitions all year round, and equipped with picnic tables. An ideal place to take a well-deserved break after your walk!
Notre-Dame-de-Bliquetuit is also the starting point of a 100% gourmet route that can be followed by bike or by car: the Fruit Trail. An unmissable invitation to admire, eat and spend a pleasant time while meeting local producers!
It lasts : 03h 00
Difficulty : Easy
Distance : 11,5 km
Leaves from : NOTRE-DAME-DE-BLIQUETUIT, Maison du parc
Arrives at : NOTRE-DAME-DE-BLIQUETUIT
Entretien : OFFICE DE TOURISME CAUX VALLÉE DE SEINE - 02 32 70 46 32 - office@normandie-caux-seine-to
Facilities : Picnic area
Tarred path : 69%