For those coming from Belgium, Bray-Dunes is the first village on the Opal Coast just over the border. It has started to look more and more Belgian in recent years, with a long row of apartment blocks along the dyke.
On May 26, 1940, on the beaches between Bray-Dunes and Dunkirk, the evacuation of the British Expedition Force and parts of the Belgian and French forces began: the Operation Dynamo. While some units continued to offer resistance to the advancing German army, 198,000 English, 123,000 French and 16,000 Belgian soldiers were evacuated via the sea.
On both sides of Bray-Dunes, there is a large dune area (les dunes flamandes). On the north side are the Dunes de Perroquet, through which you can walk to De Panne. On the south side of Bray-Dunes, lie the Dunes de Marchand and further on the villages Zuydcoote and Leffrinckouke.
You can start the walk through the Dunes de Marchand on the parking at the Bray-Dunes sailing club or on the parking in Zuydcoote. The area is crossed by a number of hiking trails, which (if you look closely) can be found on the walking map below (a picture of the signs at the entrance of the park).
The GR 120 runs through the nature reserve.