Cap Blanc-Nez


Cap Blanc-Nez is the most impressive of the two capes. With a height of 151 meters (134 meters according to some sources) it is a lot higher than Cap Gris-Nez and also from the beach the chalk cliffs are a lot more impressive. The cape is indeed very popular with geologists and lovers of fossils. The foot of the chalk cliffs is therefore a good location for fossils from the Cretaceous, Albian, Cenomanian and Turonian. (at the bottom of this page are some nice finds - photos of Jacques)

You can visit the cape from the parking lot on top of the cape. However, we recommend to leave the car in the village of Escalles (on the dead-end road to the beach there are a lot of parking places) and to walk up from there to the top of the cape.

Cap Blanc-Nez

From the D940 you can also go to the Mont d'Hubert, from where you have a nice view over the whole area between the two capes. A number of guidebooks mention the the Musée "La traversée de la Manche", where an overview is given of the various attempts to dig a tunnel under the English Channel. At our last visit (March 2011) this was not at all open, and there were no more indications.

The GR 120 du Litoral runs over the cape (with an alternative that goes past the Mont d'Hubert). The GR continues in a southerly direction to Wissant. Especially the first part, on top of the chalk cliffs, is worthwhile.

Cap Blanc-Nez GR120

 

On top of Cap Blanc Nez is 'the needle', a memorial for the Dover Patrol. This was a project that was jointly set up by France and England during the first world war. The aim was to safeguard the free passage of shipping in the Channel. In the first world war this was in fact threatened because the German troops had conquered the Belgian ports of Ostend and Zeebrugge.

The Dover Patrol had bases in Dover and Dunkirk. One of the most spectacular actions of the Dover Patrol was a (half-succeeded) attempt to block the port channel of Zeebrugge by sinking two ships.

Cap Blanc-Nez Latham Just north of Cap Blanc Nez (in Sangatte) is the statue of Hubert Latham, a French aviation pioneer who attempted to fly over the Channel in 1909. On July 19, from Cap Blanc-Nez in his plane Antoinette IV. After 13 kilometers he got engine trouble. He succeeded to land with his plane on the water, after which he quietly waited for a frigate of the French Navy.

A few days later, on July 25, 1909, Charles Bleriot would make it with the Bleriot XI.

 

Cap Blanc-Nez Acanthoceras Cap Blanc-Nez Mantelliceras

Cap Blanc-Nez Cap Blanc-Nez Lewisiceras

Cap Blanc-Nez