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Historic Places and Battlefields

Conflict and war has left its mark on the region from the Roman times, through the Middle Ages and right up to the World Wars of the 20th century.  Battle sites, monuments, castles and fortified towns abound, and some have excellent visitor centre facilities.

The Cote dOpale

The unspoilt coast of the Pas De Calais running from Dunkerque in the north to the Bay of the Somme in the south, contains many of the finest beaches in northern Europe.  The sands and dunes make them perfect playgrounds for families and children, and the small coastal resorts are full of good restaurants.

Près De La Forêt is situated in the Pas De Calais, the French département nearest to Britain, often overlooked by British tourists passing through on the motorways.  It is one of the most unspoiled and attractive parts of France, linked to Britain by centuries of history.

The “Seven Valleys” region is where you’ll find all that’s most charming and traditional about the Pas De Calais.  The countryside is green and fertile and farming is the predominant way of life in most of the hundreds of small villages that line the pretty valleys.

Although two major motorway routes pass close by, in the Seven Valleys life continues, it seems, in the same way, and at the same leisurely pace as it must have for generations past.

Take advantage of the peace and quiet of this region for a relaxing break at Près De La Forêt

Nearby Surroundings

Huby Saint Leu, is a charming village on the outskirts of the market town of Hesdin. The village has its own bakery, two small bars and popular restaurant. 

The Seaside - Cote d'Opale

From the house it’s just 5 minutes on foot to the national forest, where you can walk or bike ride have a picnic and take in the scenery. 

Hesdin town centre is only a 15 minute walk/2 minute drive.  There are lots of lively cafes, restaurants,shops and supermarkets  On Thursdays there is a market which sells everything from live poultry to watercress!

A few miles away lies the equally historic town of Montreuil sur Mer. Its perfectly preserved fortifications and defensive ramparts now shelter its antique shops, art galleries, cobbled streets and picturesque houses.

The 7 Valleys
Historic Places and Battlefields