Wissant

Today we took advantage of the Eurotunnel £20 return 1/2 term offer and went to France for the morning. Before going to Carrefour and Decathlon we visited a beautiful beach in the seaside town of Wissant. Wissant is located between Les Deux Caps between Calais and Boulogne-sur-mer. Surprisingly we have not visited the region of Les Deux Caps before; we usually either go to Boulogne, Le Touquet or Belgium. Wissant was about 15 mins drive from the tunnel so a perfect beach for a day trip. Wissant translates as ‘wit sand’ in Dutch or ‘white sand’ in English; as the temperature only just hovered above zero the sand was white, but white with frost! I like winter walks on the beach but Ian and Abbie needed some encouragement…..

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Don’t you love walking on an empty, prestine beach!! (all mine!)

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Abbie borrowing my scarf to shield herself from the biting wind, Harry on the other hand was happy to walk with his coat open!!!

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We really liked these tree trunks planted in the sand

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Harry resting on the white (frosty) sand

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and playing tennis ball football to keep warm

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Tip: Check the tides before you visit as the beach is better at low tide and at high tide you can get cut off!!!

Afterwards we visited Cap Gris-Nez to the west. Ian stayed in the car this time as the wind had really picked up.

Cap Gris-Nez is the end of the English channel swim; but only if you hit the nearest point on the French coast. It didn’t look very inviting today and there were definitely no channel swimmers.

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 We would really like to visit Wissant again in the summer; judging from the waves today it could be a great place to surf and the sand is perfect for beach cricket and building sand castles :)