Paris to London by Bike

tours / Cycling

Paris to London by Bike information and booking

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$1320
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights hotel
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, cycle shorts, gloves and helmet. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Cycling on a carefully prepared route between two of Europe's premier cities through diverse scenery
  • Exploring small villages which are full of historical intrigue
  • Cycling through the Vexin natural park with its stunning range of natural and cultural heritages that have attracted painters for many years
  • Visiting sites en route including castles in Normandy and crossing the picturesque Downs

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Launched in 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics, the mostly traffic free Avenue Verte cycle route is set to become as famous and iconic as the two classic European cities it links. This well signposted cycle path from Paris to London takes in a variety of landscapes on either side of the English Channel. From Paris, follow the Promenade Bleue through parks, castles and picturesque towns towards the coast, stopping along the way to appreciate a multitude of sights including chateaux in Normandy. After crossing the Channel by the Dieppe-Newhaven ferry, head north to London by bike and train via the South and North Downs. Via seaside Brighton or along the Cuckoo Trail and Worth Way, head to Crawley then Coulsdon before cycling through green parks and quiet districts into the heart of London, finishing at Westminster. Cycling along a combination of quiet roads and cycle paths there is no shortage of vistas to take in, from urban sprawl to tranquil rural scenes, as you meander along canal paths and old railway tracks. Whilst this is a self guided trip, there is always a support vehicle nearby in case assistance is required. The canal paths and often dedicated cycle routes ensure that your journey is as stress-free as possible and sections of the cycle can be shortened by train.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation in b&bs and mid range hotels on a twinshare bases with private facilities
  • Arrival briefing
  • Support vehicle in vicinity (in case of a problem with the bike - not for passengers)
  • Luggage transfer on cycle days
  • Detailed route notes and maps, with special signposting for the route
  • 7 or 21 speed rental bike (electric bike available - supplement applies)
  • Ferry from dieppe to newhaven
  • Emergency hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Paris
On arrival in Paris make your way to your joining hotel where you can check in from mid afternoon. There will be a welcome briefing at the hotel in the late afternoon when you receive your bike, maps and route description. The evening is free to explore the city.
Day 2 Cycle from Axe Historique/L'Arc de Triomphe to Cergy (55km)
Starting from Notre Dame, you can follow the Axe Historique from the Louvre and Champs Elysee through the Arc de Triomphe to the new Defense district. After Nanterre, you will come to the islands and parks so dear to the Impressionists, a place to spend in 'plein air' between the Seine and the Marne. This is the Promenade Bleue. Elevation +100m
Day 3 Cycle via parks and castles to Gisor and surrounds (65km)
Continue cycling through the heart of the Vexin natural park, home to picturesque towns, castles and farmhouses. After The´me´ricourt and its spectacular Maison du Parc, continue to Villarceaux and its eighteenth-century castle of the same name. After the little town of Bray-et-Lu^ you will proceed along the river Epte to Gisors and the fortress marking the historical Franco-Norman border - legend has it as being the hiding place of the treasures of the Knights Templar.. Elevation +350m
Day 4 Into Normandy to the renowned spa town of Forges-les-Eaux (65 km)
Head towards Gournay-en-Bray and then on to Forges-les-Eaux, the renowned spa resort. Welcome to Normandy, or rather to Gourmandie, land of unique flavours! Elevation +515m
Day 5 Follow the cycle path to Dieppe, cross the Channel to Newhaven (60 km+ferry)
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. Arrive in Dieppe, France’s leading seaside resort and a favourite with many Impressionist painters, which has a terrific atmosphere with its historic castle and great seafood. Appointment on the quayside for the trip across the Channel (3-4hrs). Overnight in Newhaven after the crossing. Elevation +60m
Day 6 Train to Polegate & cycle to historic East Grinstead, or via Brighton (55/75 km)
From Newhaven, take the train to Polegate where you start to pedal. (Alternatively you can cycle to Brighton and take the train from there but in this case you will extend the trip by 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. Elevation +560m
Day 7 Cycle the Worth Way to Crawley and on to London (45 km)
From East Grinstead you take the Worth Way, a cycle path through a wonderful wood to Crawley. From here you take the train to Couldson, where you start cycling through green parks and quite districts to the heart of London. Your finish line for the week will be Westminster. Elevation +90m
Day 8 Trip concludes
Trip concludes after breakfast.