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Discovering Patois Road - El Route du pato

Hikes & walks in Houdain

Discovering Patois Road - El Route du pato - Hikes & walks in Houdain

The Route du Patois is an unusual route, dotted with a string of sayings in Picard artesian drolatic expressions that flourish good humor and wisdom of the ancients. Visit the Béthune Tourist Office for complete and free documentation. This walk is a part of the regional linguistic heritage that appears on the walls of farms, houses and street corners. Here, good common sense rubs shoulders with local legends. Twenty-seven panels illustrated with a saying and a cartoon are distributed in eight places: Houdain, Hermin, Caucourt, Gauchin-le-Gal, Estrée-Cauchy, Fresnicourt-le-Dolmen, Rebreuve-Ranchicourt and the Departmental Park Olhain. It's up to you now! For an animated discovery of the circuit, like a rally, we propose you to solve a series of riddles on the Picardy language. Simply postpone the answers on the bulletin. An honorific distinction awaits the most serious! And for a laugh, enjoy reading them aloud, say them your way! They are made to be told. Good walk ! Intercommunal Tourist Office - Béthune - Bruay - 3 rue Aristide Briand - BP 551 - 62411 BETHUNE Cedex - Tel. +33 3 21 52 50 00 - Fax. +33 3 21 57 01 60

Description sheet

Departure municipalityHoudain
Outing typeAll-terrain bike itinerary
Kilometres32 km
Altitude upon departure52m
Change in altitude474m


Depart from the town of Houdain, latitude 50.4518500 (N 50° 27’ 7”), longitude 2.5365700 (E 2° 32’ 12”)


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