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Seine Valley River Walk Normandy
Seine Valley River Walk
Ancient woodland and ruined abbeys
Seine Valley River Walk
With one or two steep sections to negotiate each day, this route rises from the river valley, taking in forest tracks through glorious woodland, towpaths along the slow moving Seine and quiet lanes leading past romantic ruined abbeys. The route is way-marked almost throughout its length.
This holiday includes a taxi transfer that can’t be shown in the map below. Consequently the outline is approximate and for a rough indication only. Please call for more details.
Your can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week, except for Thursday and Sunday.
Itinerary & Hotels
Arrival Caudebec-en-Caux day 1
The River Seine curls round the bustling town of Caudebec-en-Caux, dominated by the elegant Notre-Dame church with its intricate spire. Take a seat in the restaurant of the Logis de France hotel Le Cheval Blanc and indulge in a leisurely dinner.
Le Cheval Blanc
Caudebec en Caux
A very comfortable and friendly hotel located in the centre of Caudebec en Caux, a lively town on the banks of the Seine. The river is still heavily used for transporting goods and the town’s prosperity is still very much linked to it. Caudebec is surrounded by dense forest and is an ideal starting point for your exploration of this region.
Le Cheval Blanc is a classic Logis de France, stylish and comfortable but with a certain homely charm. A warm welcome is guaranteed from the friendly owners. The rooms are very comfortable, and there’s a secure car park if you’ve travelled here by car. It’s well worth enjoying a wander through the streets of Caudebec, we enjoyed visiting Notre-Dame which dominates the small town. There are some fine villas on the outskirts, many of which you’ll pass on your first day’s walk. Caudebec has everything you’ll need in terms of banks, post office and so on - it’s worth bearing in mind that such facilities will become rare until you eventually arrive at La Bouille.
- Smart hotel with an attractive riverside location
- Beautiful restaurant with wonderful food
- Comfortable modern bedrooms
The hotel restaurant is very smart, quite formal and clearly popular with the local townspeople. The food here is delicious, making full use of the local produce for which the region is justifiably famous. Although some distance from any wine producing area of note, the selection on offer here is good. The hotel also has a comfortable lounge, a great spot to exchange notes with other walkers and cyclists.
- Terrine de volaille au pommeau comme autrefois
- Tartare de saumon aux pommes et huîtres
- Feuilleté de foie gras, champignons sauce forestière
- Pomme au four lardée, fondant de camembert
- Trou Normand
- Cassolette de poissons et crustacées en croûte
- Rognon de veau au Calvados
- Pièce de boeuf, farcie au Pont l'Evêque
- Millefeuille de truite de St. Wandrille
- Filet de canard de Duclair, aux fruits
- Trio Normand sur salade et pomme fruit
- Millefeuille de camembert aux pommes caramélisées
- Neuchâtel chaud, caramel salé sur salade
- Tiramisu Normand
- Tarte fine aux poires, caramel à la fleur de sel
- Crème brulée à la Bénédictine
Caudebec-en-Caux to Jumièges day 2
The taxi takes you to St-Wandrille-Rançon to commence today’s walk at the Gregorian St-Wandrille Abbey. From here your journey takes you through fields and beech woods with the Seine meandering below until you head down towards Jumièges for a night in the comfortable, family-run 4-star Clos des Fontaines with heated pool.
Domaine Le Clos Des Fontaines
This charming hotel, nestled on the banks of the Seine river and in the shadow of Jumièges Abbey, places great value on creating a peaceful haven and a good experience for its visitors. The brickwork, dressed stones and half timbered buildings of Norman architecture meld together against lush, green countryside. The rooms and suites are individually themed and full of charm, making your stay in Normandy a truly unforgettable occasion.
- Delightful country situation
- Swimming pool
- Charming, typically Norman buildings
- Free WiFi
- Secure safe box in each room
On request we are happy to recommend a restaurant nearby.
Jumièges to Hénouville day 3
Start your day by visiting the Abbaye of Jumièges, one of the most famous abbeys in Normandy, If you have already had an extra day in Jumièges then head towareds Duclair, where you begin a varied walk up chalky, limestone hills with a total of three climbs today, through mixed woodland and denser forests. Tonight’s hotel is the classy chambre d’hôtes, Les Buis de Boscherville, set in an enclosed park with hundred-year-old trees on the outskirts of Hénouville. Relax on one of the terraces or by the fireplace and enjoy a delicious meal.
Les Buis de Boscherville
Set in the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Nature Park, Les Buis de Boscherville is a bed and breakfast in Hénouville. You can relax in the garden, on the furnished terrace or in the shared living room.
- En suite rooms
- Flat screen TV
- Free toiletries
- Free WiFi
- Free parking
Each morning you can enjoy hot drinks, homemade pastries, cereals, cheese, fruits and cooked meats for breakfast. A 2-course meal with dessert is also available, with an additional cost.
Hénouville to La Bouille day 4
Today sees you heading back through dappled woodland to rejoin the paths running by the riverside. You have the option of walking along the forest’s edge or taking a more direct route through the centre. Your riverside Logis Hote le Bellevue in the pretty village of La Bouille is accessed via a little ferry that crosses the Seine.
Hotel le Bellevue
An imposing hotel on the quayside of the pretty little riverside resort of La Bouille - a popular spot with the citizens of Rouen at weekends. The hotel is run by the friendly M and Mme de Mederos who are deservedly proud of their hotel and its excellent restaurant.
Hotel le Bellevue is a friendly hotel, a stone’s throw from the little ferry across the Seine. You’re sure to get a warm welcome here, and enjoy a comfortable stay. The rooms are very comfortable, and have all been recently refurbished. La Bouille is an interesting place to explore. Squeezed between steep cliffs and the Seine, it’s traditionally the first stop-off downstream from Rouen. Although small, it has a surprising number of cafes and restaurants. Otherwise, much of the village life still centres around the ferry (usually free to pedestrians).
- Smart hotel in interesting riverside village
- Friendly restaurant with some great food
- Comfortable bedrooms, many with river views
- Great location - close to the little Seine ferry
There are two restaurants here. The main restaurant is on the ground floor and has an authentic Normandy décor and specialises in cuisine using local produce, and offers a number of very fine fish dishes. There’s another room on the first floor with some fine views of the river and its traffic. In the summer, the terrace is also used. Along with its undeniably tasty food, the hotel prides itself on its extensive wine list.First courses
Velouté et brochette de langoustines
Mini-Choux ricota-pesto, magret fumé et confiture d'oignons
Escargots de Trouville à la crème d'ail, cannelé aux lardons
Saumon mariné sur galettes de maïs et crème aux raifort
Vol-au-vent volaille et champignons au pommeau
Tarte fine tomate-mozzarella-basilic et jambon de paysMain coursesCabillaud, crème de potimarron et fondue de poireaux au parmesan
Filet de dorade, sauce vierge et flan de parmesan
Médaillon de lotte, crème aux herbes et pâtes à l'encre de seiche
Effiloché de pintade et champignons au cidre, pâtes fraiches
Magret de canard, sauce aux airelles et poêlée de champignons
Filet de boeuf sauce au camembert, galette de pommes de terre et oignons
Filet mignon de porc au Pommeau, embeurré de chou au lard
Plateau de fromages
Croustillant de camembert et pommes sur lit de salade
Tarte au citron et meringue
Gaufre à la pistache et crème onctueuse au chocolat
Trio de petits pots de crème
Tarte tatin servie tiède, crème fraiche
Trio de sorbets et glaces
Route & Location
Customise Your Holiday
We recommend a second night in Jumièges to visit the ruins of the Benedictine Abbey and take a circular walk crossing the river by way of the local ferries. Or walk down to the lakes - great for swimming or a picnic. Please call for details.
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