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By canoe and kayak Glide on the Somme

Discover the Somme from the inside, by canoe or kayak – what an enchanting idea! Travel down the river from Ailly-sur-Somme to Picquigny and enjoy the beauty, calm and tranquillity. In almost total silence, watch frogs, dragonflies, little grebes, and more.





The river is a real paradise for fishers. Century-old weeping willows greet you from the banks. In the fields, maybe you’ll see herons and, between the trees, a few bourgeois residences peeping through. The marshes, created through the exploitation of old peat bogs, are very secretive.


As you glide down the river, take in the historical treasures along the way. Such as the Samara archaeological park. Reconstituted houses and the crafts village take you on a journey to prehistoric times.
Take a detour in the marsh. Prepared routes will take you to discover the special fauna and flora of this environment.
Then, take a break in Picquigny. Appreciate its middle-age charm. Large sandstone steps will take you up to the magnificent Saint-Martin collegiate church. Dominate the village and valley from the castel ruins.


Johann Beldame, canoe and kayak guide, sums up:
“When I’m in my canoe, I’m at one with nature and the river. I’m just a few centimetres from the trees. We don’t make any noise, we peacefully glide over the water, which allows us to get close to animals, to see deer or king fishers – in short, it’s a joy! It’s perfect for people who love nature. People are always delighted to spend a weekend with nature.”

Practical information :
Base Nautique de Picquigny
Rue de l’Abreuvoir
Tel.: 06 20 99 62 59
Trip with or without guide
Possibility to rent a canoe from the Picquigny water sports centre
For reasons of security, it is essential to be able to swim 25m and to wear closed shoes.
Duration: around 2 hours
Possible stops:
Sit on the terrace of the SAMARA restaurant to enjoy a traditional dish.
Not far from the river, in Picquigny, in the Histoire d’épices restaurant, taste the savours of sophisticated and surprising cuisine.