Bernard Baude – Boulogne Sur Mer
Football’s his passion. Bernard Baude, a history and geography retired teacher is passionate about this sport and about nature. This Boulonnais chap loves watching the players of USBCO (Union Sportive Boulogne Côte d’Opale). That’s the departure point for a lovely little walk: « Behind the ground there’s a little trail 15km long that offers views of Boulogne. You can start off by watching a training session and then set off for a walk. »
The Forest of Ecault really bowls this teacher over. « It’s a Mediterranean forest where you can see pine trees, the sea and the sand. It’s brimming with history. During the War, there was a work camp here for Jews. A little monument is dedicated to them. »
At Hardelot, the entirely restored château offers a nature trail and small lake, which makes it ideal for a picnic whilst recalling the history of this seaside resort. Bernard even has a programme for the little ones. « The Coulée Verte trail is a lovely stroll between Wimereux and Wimille where you can take pushchairs. » It’s the perfect opportunity to chat about Pilâtre de Rozier and his tragic story, to stop for an ice cream on the Wimereux Dyke and to enjoy some fun and games on the beach.
With genuine spontaneity, Bernard meanders easily between the world of sport and the wide open spaces. With him, sporty types, families and ramblers will all love exploring the Boulonnais region.