North Meeting West
16.01.2014 - 16.01.2014 6 °C
There was no need for a map this time. I have walked these paths so often that I could easily do them blindfolded. Despite that it was sunny, the wind was cold and I could feel it through the 4 layers of clothing I had. That didn't stop me enjoying the sea view and listening to the birds singing. There are some walks that offer you complete solitude but this one was full of surprises from beginning to end.
I started at Greve de L'ecq leaving behind the Napoleonic tower and climbing a rather steep hill to admire the beautiful views of the bay. You can't stop looking behind you to see how much you have covered. To be honest from the top of the hill you can view the whole north coast even to Bonne Nuit. As you approach to Plémont Bay, the enormity of the caves take you back a bit. The bay seems to be down in a cave. Its golden sands invite you to take your shoes off. You just need to remember it is only January and the sea even though looks idyllic, it is cold.
Just arriving to Plémont, I found a surfer who managed to write off his very expensive land rover while parking. I felt the urge to take photos but decided to help him instead. Leaving the surfer (who is also a fire-fighter) in good hands, I continued to go up and down the valley until reaching Gronez Castle, a ruin from the 14th century. From then onwards it was easy walking despite the force 5 winds.
The moment I left north and touched west at L'etacq, the wind hit my face with such a force I had to close my eyes a bit to avoid getting them watery. Walking on St. Ouens beach is just what my feet needed...