Bringyour4x4andexploretheOpaleCoastofnorthernFrancefortheday.Travelalong lanesandtracksthathavewitnessedasuccessionofinvadingforces,butnowseemost vehiclesspeedingdownthemotorwaytodestinationsfurthersouth.Itisallconveniently on our doorstep, within easy reach of the ferries and tunnel at Calais.We begin exploring just five minutes from the Eurotunnel. TheOpaleCoasthasbeenfoughtoverandinvadedbytheRomans,theSpanish,the Dutch,theEnglishandmorerecentlytheGermans.Theyhavealllefttheirmarkonthe landscape,acrosswhichwewillguideyoufortheday,passingthedefencesofCaesar’s fort, and Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. TheBayofWissanthasbeenafishingportformillennia,butwasalsooneof Napoleon’snorthernseaports.Nowitoffers(onaclearday)viewsoftheEnglishcoast andisalsohometoatraditionalbrewerythatoffersasuitablestopforlunchandthe opportunity to buy directly from the brewer.ThevillageofLesBaraques,nearCalais,wasalsothecentreofthecompetitionforthe firstcrosschannelpoweredflight;nearbywasthelandingpointofthefirstballoonto successfully cross the Channel in 1785.Withinthesamefields(thenunderEnglishcontrol)HenryVIIIandFrancisImetfor almost a month in 1520 in an attempt to strengthen bonds between the two countries.ThecoastandtheChannelareinviewforalotoftheday,andweareableto experiencethesameviewthattheGermantroopshadwhenpostedtomanthe Atlantic Wall.Theirgraffitistillremainsonthewallsoflongabandonedgunemplacements,one of which has been turned into a museum, a visit to which is included in the tour.Whetheryoudecidetotraveloverfortheday,ortofindahotelandstayforaweekend thereisplentytoseeinthisregionthathasarichhistoryofconflictandoccupation, datingbackthroughthecenturies.Hopefully,this‘taster’daywillprovideyouwithan appetite to join us on our main tours.ThisisaonedaygreenlaningtripthatbeginsatCalaisaround10amandends conveniently close to the motorway around 5pm for your return or onward travel.
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