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Hiking in the Pays de Saint-Omer

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Ideas for outings

How about rediscovering a gigantic theme park as simply as possible?

Tourisme en Pays de Saint-Omer has republished for you more than 30 hiking and mountain biking trails in digital format or in hard copy at the reception desks of the Pays de Saint-Omer and Aire-sur-la-Lys Tourist Offices and at the Maison du Marais.

At the heart of the Hauts-de-France region, the Pays de Saint-Omer and Lumbres are revealed as a destination for magnificent walks in rural settings.

Hiking maps of the Saint-Omer area (2)The hiking maps are published by Tourisme En Pays de Saint-Omer and include all the marked trails of our territory (Pedestrian, Mountain bike, Equestrian)
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Don't forget your binoculars

With certain hikes in the heart of forests or nature reserves, be on the lookout to observe the many animal species present in the Pays de Saint-Omer, some of which are quite rare. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot the swift blue-and-orange kingfisher, the discreet bittern with its shrill cry, or the majestic marsh harrier in the Audomarois marshes.

On the Forest side, roe deer and wild boar are relatively common along the paths, but look up to see red squirrels and jays too, in a mysterious atmosphere.

As for flora, take the Longatte trail to discover the Plateau des Landes Nature Reserve, a veritable land of heather with a mountain atmosphere and a veritable botanical Noah’s Ark with over 400 plant species, a quarter of the regional inventory!



Religious, industrial or monumental

These trails, marked out by the Communauté d’Agglomération du Pays de Saint-Omer (CAPSO), are classified according to level of difficulty: hikes of less than 9 km, hikes of 9 km or more and mountain bike trails. In addition to the diversity of its landscapes, you’ll see heritage of every kind, from charming little village churches to hydraulic and agricultural structures. There are also some surprising historical anecdotes to be found along the way, such as the mysterious chapel at Guémy or the miraculous Saint-Michel fountain at Roquetoire.


A second wind

Hiking is above all the best way to combine sport, pleasure and discovery of the countryside. Exerting yourself for beautiful rewards such as the panorama from the Chapelle de Guémy, sharing moments in a hiking estaminet or observing animals. All these experiences allow you to transport yourself and escape from everyday life.

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