Hesdin and the Sept Vallées Region

There are many places of interest to visit in this region which offer a wealth of local culture heritage and history. Here are just a few.

13 minutes away is Hesdin, boasting a traditional market on Thursday mornings, with many shops and a very good supermarket. Hesdin is very pretty and has a wonderful 16th century church which is usually open in the mornings. The River Canche flows through the town and there are many small bridges and streets around the town centre. The town hall was the home of Charles V's (the Holy Roman Emperor) sister, and has a magnificent bay window with a huge spire and belfry. This overlooks a large picturesque square surrounded by cafés and shops. 

Montreuil-sur-Mer is well worth a visit, located on top of a hill with old cobbled streets. The main feature is the Citadel and ramparts. The old wall, with a rampart walk surrounds the town, and takes about half an hour to complete with views that are magnificent. It is famous for its connection with the author Victor Hugo and of course his legendary book' Les Miserables'  A re-enactment of the story is presented in the town every August. It is approximately half an hour from the house. There are also several reasonably priced golf courses nearby.

Hesdin Town Hall's belfry and ornate balcony overlook  the main square which hosts a busy market every Thursday morning. The Town Hall entrance still bears the Spanish crest  on its coat-of-arms.
The town was forceably moved in 1554 to its present site down in the Canche valley by order of the Spanish Emperor Charles V ("Charles Quint"). 
The 16th century Church of Notre-Dameis situated  on a cobbled street by the River Canche. The old Hesdin on a highly defensible site in the hills had been a dangerous French stronghold in the border wars between France and Spanish Flanders. 
Azincourt: Medieval History Centre and battlefield (1415). Situated between Hesdin and Fruges on the main D928 to St Omer, this village boasts a fantastic museum with many interesting displays and activities based on  the subject of the battle. There is a re-enactment Festival held in the fields nearby every year to  commemorate the battle.

Visit the wonderful sandy beaches that are situated down the entire length of the Cote d'Opale . From the popular golfing  resorts of le Touquet and Fort Mahon to the cute fishing ports of le Crotoy and St Valery, the ornithological Park at Maquantaire , the fabulous Kite festival at Berck every April and the mediaevel charm of boulogne old town there is plenty to see and do.

The larger towns of Arras, St Omer, Abbeville and Amiens also have their historic attractions. As well as holding bustling markets and a wealth of lovely shops and restaurants, they are all within 45 minutes drive of the house.

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