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Hesdin

hesdin

This peaceful little town has retained its Renaissance image and is situated in the heart of

Hesdin lies in the heart of the Seven Valleys where the rivers Canche and Ternoise meet. Remarkably unspoilt, the Seven Valleys area is particularly attractive for its wealth of cosy restaurants and vibrant markets where you’ll discover a great range of local produce.

Is there a local speciality?
Get a taste for the different and try the rhubarb wine and the Perlé de Groseille a bubbly redcurrant or raspberry wine.

Any good activities around?
In nearby Agincourt, you can immerse yourself in one of the bloodiest battles of the Hundred Years’ War at the Agincourt Medieval History Centre. If you fancy getting lost, the mesmerising Giant Labyrinth of the 7 Vallées is open between 1 July and 15 September. The maze is also a venue for live shows, children’s games and theatrical productions.

When's market day?
Local producers sell their fare each Thursday in the main square. Alternatively, there’s a market in Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise on Monday mornings.

Interesting town fact
Hesdin became Spanish in the 16th century when Charles V of Spain destroyed the settlement and rebuilt it as a fortified town on the banks of the river Canche. This vibrant period of history is still reflected in the town’s architecture.