Hazebrouck is easy to get to as it is where the lines from Calais and Dunkerque come together and go on to Lille and Lens. I briefly left he station there once but was not particularly impressed. There is a rail service between Calais and Dunkerque but it is not frequent, check the timings on www.voyages-sncf.com.
There is quite a nice park in Hazebrouck which had goats, chickens, which was quite good. We visited there on route to V2 museum at St Omer (although not appropriate for the train option as had car, but about Hazebrouck) It wasn't a big place though, but I enjoyed the park as I went in June so was quite pretty.
The hilltop town of Cassel is quite interesting.
There is a museum, a chateau and several restuarants and several walks that you can do.
See http://www.ot-cassel.fr/ for details.
Cassel is about 20 minutes by bus from outside the Gare SNCF in Hazebrouck.
The town of Bergues is also worth visiting. From Calais, you have to get to Dunkerque or Hazebrouck, from where you can get the train to Bergues.
A bit further afield are Amiens, or Lens which now has a Louvre museum.
Thank you for your helpful posts. I will just need to for a bit longer than a day it seems. I'd love to do overnights every month or something, but I have other commitments right now... Boulogne and St. O it is!
Keep us updated Josh.
I might go over again December, depends.
Just a few miles east of Boulogne is a small town called Desvres where the hand painted pottery comes from. There is a shop on the corner of the street just past the main square where you can actually see the plates etc. being painted by the owner. There is also a factory nearby but it was closed on the day we stopped by.
Not sure about train travel but worth noting.Edited: 11 October 2013, 22:25
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