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Louis Bleriot - first to
fly solo across the channel in 1909;
19th century tunnelling machine
History of Channel Crossings
From on top of the white chalk cliffs of 130-metre
high Cap Blanc-Nez, you can appreciate the splendid view (on
a clear day) of the English coast only 30km away - and the
many ships passing through the busiest shipping corridor in
the world - about 600 ships an hour.
Nearby the Transmanche Museum tells the stories of many
projects to cross the channel by air, underground, across
the sea, underwater.... including many crazy
crossings and the brave efforts of marathon swimmers
to swim across the swift currents of the narrow straits.
Crossing the Channel by hot-air balloon, first achieved by
Montgolfier brothers, 1780s.
Boats in the Channel
schemes for a French invasion during the Napoleonic Wars
(left) model of the Channel
Tunnel opened in 1994.
French engineer Thomé de Gamond and
his railway tunnel scheme of
1857. Now a restaurant on the Museum site is named after
You can book guided walks in the coastal countryside around
the Channel was formed
of Channel Ferries
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Location: Musée du
Transmanche, 62179 ESCALLES
Take D244 exit from A16 autoroute
Tel: 00 33 3 21 85 57 42 - Fax: 00 33 3 21 83 44 45
Schools and other groups book visits through the Caps et
Marais d'Opale Nature Park office:
Tel: 00 33 (0)126.96.36.199.14
Fax : 00 33 (0)188.8.131.52.87
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also arrange 45min walks around the Cap Blanc Nez
coast via Eden 62:
Contact : Eden 62, 2 rue Claude, BP 113, 62240 DESVRES
Tel: 00 33 (0)184.108.40.206.74
Where to eat
- we recommend:
de Gamond -
panoramic restaurant is in the same building as the
- coastal region nature park. Information on walks and cycle
paths from Park Office.