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Itinerary: Exploring the shores of the Colme River.

Les Rivages de la Colme
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The Cirkwi brief

Discover the Charm of Watten: Circuit les Rivages de la Colme
Embarking on the Circuit les Rivages de la Colme offers an inviting journey through the picturesque settings of Watten. Designed by Nord Tourisme, this trail captivates with its blend of natural and architectural heritage. As you wander along the varied paths including towpaths, forest trails, and village streets, the rich biodiversity unfolds before your eyes. It's a route where every step brings a fresh scene, from the serene stretches of countryside to the quietly bustling village life, making it an enticing escapade for those seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty and tranquility of northern France.

Detailed Route Analysis
With a total distance of 13.3 kilometers and an elevation ranging from 1 to 57 meters above sea level, the Circuit les Rivages de la Colme intertwines intricately through natural landscapes and man-made paths. The route, marked by yellow signage, challenges walkers with a gentle, positive elevation change of 49 meters, offering both novice and experienced trekkers a balanced journey. The diversity of the terrain highlights the planning prowess of Nord Tourisme, ensuring a comprehensive exploration of the Watten area’s beauty.

Seasonal Insights & Safety Tips
When exploring Watten's Circuit les Rivages de la Colme, it’s advisable to equip oneself appropriately for the season. Spring and autumn offer a vibrant tapestry of flora and fauna, demanding sturdy walking shoes and binoculars for bird watching. Summers are ideal for enjoying the terrace at Café le Relais but do carry water and sun protection. Winters, though stark, reveal the raw beauty of the landscape, necessitating warm attire and caution on potentially slippery paths. Irrespective of the season, always ensure you’re prepared for the changing weather and terrain.

Historical Essence of Watten
Watten, resting in the heart of Nord, France, is not just a location but a living museum. Its significance stretches beyond natural beauty, deeply entrenched in the history and culture of the region. The Circuit les Rivages de la Colme serves as a gateway to this historical richness, connecting the dots between the natural landscapes and the architectural marvels dating back centuries. As a custodian of heritage, Watten’s trails offer more than a scenic walk; they are a journey through time, echoing the footsteps of generations past.

Regional Weather Guide
The climate in Watten is classified as oceanic, characterized by mild temperatures and decent rainfall year-round, making it a destination with no strict off-season. However, for an optimal experience on the Circuit les Rivages de la Colme, the period from late spring to early autumn tends to offer the most agreeable weather, with fewer rainy days and more daylight hours. This timeframe accentuates the vibrant colors of the natural scenery and provides a comfortable climate for outdoor exploration. Always consult a current weather forecast before setting out, to ensure the best possible experience.
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Technical Information

Walking
Difficulty
Very easy
Duration
3h15mn
Dist.
13 km
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Altimetric profile

Starting point

68 Mairie, place Roger Vandenbergue , 59143 WATTEN
Lat : 50.8420630054Lng : 2.24064058993

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Point 1

Au parking de la mairie, tournez à droite sur la rue du cimetière. Traversez la D26 pour rejoindre en face la rue de Millam. Au bout de la route, prenez à droite rue du Bois et traversez le bois royal.

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Point 2

On continue tout droit par le chemin herbeux , puis à gauche sur la D 226 que l'on suit avec prudence. Empruntez le pont au dessus du TGV.

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Point 3

Tournez à gauche vers la Welt Straete. Rejoindre la D46. Tournez à gauche sur la rue de Lederzeele. 

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Point 4

Prenez ensuite la deuxième rue sur votre droite rue de Merckeghem. Ensuite sur la gauche la route du Berdyck. Tournez encore à gauche sur le chemin du petit Berdyck. Traverser la route du Walbrouck pour arriver à la D46. Passez devant la station d'épuration.

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Point 5

Effectuez un gauche-droite,  pour rejoindre le chemin à travers les champs. Au bout, tournez à droite puis par la gauche on suit le canal de la Colme en passant sous le TGV. Passez devant l'écluse. Prenez le chemin puis la rue verte à gauche.Au bout de la rue, effectuez un droite-gauche - droite et prendre la rue de la colme. Continuez tout droit rue de Dunkerque, puis la D3 et tournez la deuxième à gauche sur la grand Place. Suivez la rue en face puis à gauche sur la rue de l'église puis la rue du cimetière. Retrouver votre point de départ.

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Caution!
We have no information on the difficulty of this circuit. You may encounter some surprises along the way. Before you go, please feel free to inquire more and take all necessary precautions. Have a good trip! 🌳🥾