The "valleuses" (dry-hanging valleys)

Find yourself alone in a spectacular setting…

So go and explore the "valleuses" of Seine-Maritime, geological curiosities particular to the Pays de Caux: there are in fact depressions, which enable access to the sea between two cliffs. Streams of water created these notches, thus shaping spectacular and surprising landscapes all along the Alabaster Coast.

A small road, a path, sometimes steps, even a ladder at times lead to the beaches and the Channel; an astonishing way of exploring the coastline…

 

The "valleuses" located near Varengeville, a few kilometres away from Dieppe, are among the most impressive ones. Off to the Valleuse de Vasterival. The road is winding. On both sides, beautiful villas and Anglo-Norman manor houses are standing on green hills. Then, you will have to walk along a small path. The stillness is amazing, but you can hear the sounds of the sea in the background... The path finally goes through the cliffs, and you will feel so small. You can see the sea between the two chalk walls... A few more steps and there you are, on the beach... The spectacle is intense: an unspoilt beach, piles of rocks, cliffs as far as the eye can see, a clear blue sea and foaming waves rolling on the sand and the pebbles, the sea spray, the enchanting light, the seagulls... You will have intense emotions and an unforgettable experience... Other great times: the Valleuse des Moutiers, beneath the church and marine churchyard, one of the most picturesque dry-hanging valleys and the Valleuse du Petit Ailly, the shellfish pickers' haven during the high tides who sell their mussels near the car park.
Between Pourville and the Ailly lighthouse, there are no fewer than 5 "valleuses" in all, which provide breathtaking settings.

Continue your visit along the coast and stop at Saint-Martin-aux-Buneaux to explore the picturesque Valleuse de Port Saint Martin.

 

Further away, more depressions in the cliffs are scattered here and there: the Valleuses de Senneville, the Valleuse d'Yport, the Valleuse de Vaucottes, the Valleuse d’Antifer at Le Tilleul with its fascinating wildlife…
  
The Alabaster Coast, stretching along 130 km (80 miles) and its "valleuses" provide a great nature show not to miss, which will leave strong impressions.