Pays de Bray

The Pays de Bray provides a link between Normandy and Picardy. It is characterised by a geological specificity– argillaceous subsoil – and typical landscapes of prairies and hedged farmland.
Its particularities form the basis of its identity and attractiveness.
This is a hedged farmland region characterised by argillaceous soil, favourable to pastures for rearing cattle and the ceramic and clay industry. “The part of The Pays de Bray located in Oise is called Bray Picard.”
Bray is an old French term meaning “wetland”, “muddy place” and “valley”.  The word Bray was in use in the 12th century in the sense of “mud”, and is still used by some dialects of the Oïl language in the sense of “wetland”.
The local clay, which is of very high quality, made large-scale production possible as new techniques were discovered.

You can download the landscape information sheets by clicking the folder below:

Orientation table - The Côte Sainte Hélène

Saint Pierre ès Champs

The table stands on the top of the hill and provides a sweeping view of the Boutonnière du Pays de Bray. This decorated ceramic orientation table is well worth a look. The orientation table was made in 1999 by Juliette and Jacques Damville. The couple of sculptors used the ceramic technique that involves using enamels to combine colours with reliefs. The landscape created on the enamelled lava is a 300° panorama. Graphics of plants, and engravings of animals and insects surround this great landscape.

Office de Tourisme Intercommunal du Pays de Bray
11 Place de Verdun
60850 Saint Germer de Fly
Tel. 03.44.82.62.74
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Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels de Picardie
1 Place Ginkgo – Village Oasis
80044 Amiens Cedex 1
Tel. 03.22.89.63.96
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Website: www.conservatoirepicardie.org

Orientation table - Espaubourg

Espaubourg / Lalandelle

The Neufs Fresnes orientation table offers you a beautiful viewpoint over Pays de Bray. An information sign provides a detailed explanation of the geological formation of the Boutonnière du Pays de Bray. Espaubourg is one of the municipalities nestling between the mean line of the Bray Valley and the chalky cliff (220 m) neighbouring Vexin. 

Office de Tourisme Intercommunal du Pays de Bray
11 Place de Verdun
60850 Saint Germer de Fly
Tel. 03.44.82.62.74
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels de Picardie
1 Place Ginkgo – Village Oasis
80044 Amiens Cedex 1
Tel. 03.22.89.63.96
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.conservatoirepicardie.org