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These two majestic capitals are finally linked by cycle paths and low-traffic roads. From Paris, the world’s most romantic city, you will cross the Seine and Epte rivers valley to reach the sea. After the Dieppe-Newhaven crossing, the greenest of English contryside will accompany you to London, the most regal of international cities. Inaugurated in 2012, the Paris-London Avenue Verte is a dream come true. Prêt à partir? Ready to go?
Total length: 340 km Total vertical up: 1850 m Terrain: 90% asphalt, 10% unpaved
Train connections among the overnight stays: every day; possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 4, 6 and 7; both capitals Paris and London are well connected to many airports
Paris airports: Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly (PRY), Beauvais (BVA)
London airports: Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), Stansted (STN)
Leaving Paris! Start the bike trip from the Nôtre Dame. Follow the Axe historique from the Louvre with the Champs Elysées through the Arc de Triomphe till the new Défense district. Spend the afternoon in the are of islands and parks, once a destination for Sunday trips.
Your journey continues through the heart of the Vexin natural park, home to picturesque towns, castles and farmhouses. After Théméricourt and its spectacular Maison du Parc, you continue to Villarceaux and its eighteenth-century castle bearing the same name. After the small town of Bray-et-Lû you will proceed along the river Epte to Gisors and the fortress marking the historical Franco-Norman border.
Departure from Gisors for Gournay-en-Bray and then on to Forgesles-Eaux, the renowned spa resort. Welcome to Normandy, or rather to Gourmandie, land of unique flavours!
From Forges-les-Eaux you follow the brand new cycle path that will take you directly to the sea, through the wonderful countryside dotted with farms that supply their excellent products to the Norman and Parisian markets. Along the second half of the route the landscape is tinged with blue as you pass through the Arques estuary, overlooked by the castle of the same name and ancient sand caves that have become a refuge for marsh birds. Here you are in Dieppe, France’s leading seaside resort and a favourite place for many impressionist painters. Appointment on the quayside for the trip across the Channel. Overnight in Newhaven after the crossing.
From Newhaven take the train to Polegate where you start to pedal. Alternatively you can cycle till Brighton and take the train from there but in this case you will extend the mileage of 20 km. Along the Cuckoo Valley and the old railway line, you will come to Heathfield. From here it gets more difficult but once in Groombridge it will be flat again. Following the Forest Way you arrive to the historic local market town of East Grinstead.
From East Grinstead you take the Worth Way, a cycle path through a wonderful wood to Crawley: an ultramodern city, this will get you ready for The Old Smoke itself, London. From here you take the train to Couldson, where you start cycling through green parks and quiet districts to the heart of London. Your finish line for the week will be Westminster.
After breakfast, goodbye and au revoir! Possibility either to book extra nights in London.
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.
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