The Via Francigena in France

VFF01 - From Calais to Wissant

The crossing of the Channel sea is swifter today than at Sigeric's time. Boarding in Dover and landing in Calais, we quickly see the gorgeous belfry, a lighthouse, the fort Risban and the memorial to the submarine Pluviôse.

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VFF02 - From Wissant to Guines

After having crossed Wissant, charming former village of fishermen with their "flobarts", it's time to left the coast aside to get into the inner lands.

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VFF03 - From Guines to Licques

When you enter the domanial forest of Guînes, pay attention to the column Blanchard, conmemorative monument to the first crossing of the Channel sea by airship in 1785.

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VFF04 - From Licques to Tournehem-sur-la-Hem

After having left Licques, you'll start seeing many windmills. On the territory of the commune of Guémy, the ruins of St. Louis' chapel culminate at 121m on the chalky hillsides, from where the view is panoramic.

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VFF05 - From Tournehem-sur-la-Hem to Wisques

In the surroundings, the route called "Leulène" passes. It's also old, like the Via Francigena, but that one isn't a religious pilgrimage way but rather military, from the time when Julius Caesar gathered his troops in Sangatte to prepare the conquest of Britannia, the antique Britain.

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VFF06 - From Wisques to Delettes

Two abbeys in Wisques will capture your attention: the one dedicated to St. Paul of the 15th century, and the one of Our Lady of the 19th century.

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VFF07 - From Delettes to Amettes

At the end of Delettes, overlooking the Lys valley, there are the ruins of the old Nielles mill. A few kilometers further hence, Thérouanne was capital city of Morinie and historical halt on the route from Arras to Boulogne.

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VFF08 - From Amettes to Bruay La Brussiere

Starting from Amettes, you will reach Ferfay. It's the place where St. Lugle and St. Luglien's stele, Irish martyrs, is located. In Marles-les-mines, not far from the GR route, there is the mine museum.

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VFF09 - From Bruay La Brussiere to Ablain Saint Nazaire

In Rebreuve-Branchicourt, you could see an old mill over the river Brette and a castle of the 18th century. The departemental nature and leisure park of Olhain is located in a domanial forest where it's possible to practise various outdoor sports like golf and horse riding.

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VFF10 - From Ablain Saint Nazaire to Arras

Passing through Mont-Saint-Eloi, you will see the majestic ruined towers of an old abbey for canons, classified as historical monument en 1921 and that can be easily seen from 20km around on a clear day.

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VFF11 - From Arras to Bapaume

In Arras, the belfry is classified by the UNESCO as part of World Heritage. At its base, two large squares with original houses hide an underground treasure: the "Boves", former stone quarries, publicly reachable through the city hall or through cellars of surrounding buildings.

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VFF19 - From Berry au Bac to Reims

Leaving the ‘Chemin des Dames’, the Via Francigena enters the Champagne Region.  The Range of Saint-Thierry is one of four production areas for champagne.

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VFF20 - From Reims to Verzy

After an unforgettable visit to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Via Francigena leads walkers to the Champagne vineyards and the Montage de Reims

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VFF21 - From Verzy to Condé sur Marne

Upon leaving the village of Verzy, the Via Francigena runs through a forest of crooked beech trees: les Faux,

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VFF22 - From Condé sur Marne to Châlons en Champagne

Principally following the side of the Canal of the Marne, the Via Francigena enters the valley to which the Marne gives its name.

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VFF23 - From Châlons en Champagne to St-Germain-la-Ville

A short section in the heart of the Marne Valley marks the transition to the limestone soils of the Champagne region.

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VFF24 - From Saint-Germain la Ville to Saint-Amand sur Fion

This stage crosses the “country of chalk”. Once used as a building material, it is now also used by the pharmaceutical industry.

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VFF25 - From Saint-Amand sur Fion to Vitry le François

Connecting the Marne Valley and the Fion Valley, the Via Francigena crosses once again through the great expanse of the Champagne plain.

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VFF26 - From Vitry-le-François to Saint-Rémy-en-Bouzemont

The capital of Perthois, Vetry-le-Francois is a relatively new city. Created in 1545 by the will of François I, following the destruction of Vitry-en-Perthois,

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VFF27 - From Saint-Rémy-en-Bouzemont to Outines

The plains of grains and vineyards gradually give way to the wooded countryside of the Champagne region in the Pays du Der.

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