Guidebook to the London to Paris Bike Ride, including the 500km traditional route, and the 400km Avenue Verte, a waymarked route via Newhaven/Dieppe. Each route takes 5-7 days and they can be combined for a round trip. Maps and route profiles are provided for each stage. Ideal for cycle-touring holidays, both routes are well within the capabilities of cyclists of moderate fitness
Passing through rolling chalk downland and characterful market towns, the trails link these two great cities. The journey will take you through the bright lights and vibrant attractions of the city and the delightful scenery of Kent, Sussex, Hauts-de-France and Normandy. The classic route crosses the Channel between Dover and Calais and makes use of quiet country roads, rural tracks and dedicated cycle paths, with a number of off-road sections. The Avenue Verte makes maximum use of Sustrans off-road cycle tracks in England and voies vertes (rural cycle routes) in France it uses the Newhaven-Dieppe crossing.
A comprehensive introduction covers all the practicalities, such as Channel crossings, accommodation and what to take. An English-French glossary can be found in the appendices.
Author: Mike Wells