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Riding the long river of Picardy — the Somme Valley Cycle Route

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Riding the long river of Picardy — the Somme Valley Cycle Route

Bike Touring Collection by Vincent Reboul

2-4

days

3-6 h

/ day

131 mi

1,800 ft

1,975 ft

The Somme is the longest river in the Picardy region. Located in the north-west of France, this region, which remains off the beaten track, has some real treasures waiting to be discovered.

This cycle route takes you through some beautiful natural landscapes, particularly on the last stretch when you enter the Baie de Somme Regional Nature Park. You’ll discover hedgerows, ponds, peat bogs and moors.

In terms of culture and history – even prehistory – this three-day adventure has plenty to show off, especially with the magnificent city of Amiens and its cathedral. The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a jewel of Gothic art in northern France. Also in Amiens, the prehistoric collection in the basement of the Musée de Picardie is sensational. I recommend exploring it to understand the importance of this river in ancient times.

It’s also a region connected to First World War history. Péronne will teach you a lot about this tragic part of our past through its museum of the Great War. Many villages such as Bray-sur-Somme also have national necropolises, leaving indelible marks.

This Collection follows the official route of the Somme Cycle Route, with a few short detours to visit monuments. Recently revamped, the cycle route links Tergnier to Saint-Valéry in the Baie de Somme and its 200 kilometres (125 mi) are almost entirely tarmac.

As the elevation gain is modest, this route is ideal for those who are new to cycle touring or bikepacking. It’s also an interesting alternative for cyclists who have already completed the Véloroute de la Loire. You can complete it in three days, preferably in summer and spring, so it makes for a perfect long weekend.

For accommodation, everything has been excellently thought out: you will find gîtes, hotels and campsites to welcome you along the route, as well as renovated former lock houses.

Finally, being very well served by rail, its accessibility makes this mini-adventure even better. The TER trains accept bikes free of charge and without reservation.

If you want to keep adventuring after these three days, you’re in for a treat. The beginning and end of the route are connected to EuroVélos, long-distance cycle trails. These are EuroVelo 3 or Scandibérique at Tergnier, and EuroVelo 4 called the Vélomaritime at Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme.

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    Stage 1: Tergnier to Péronne — the Somme Valley Cycle Route

    Difficult
    04:06
    43.3 mi
    10.6 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This first stage of around 70 kilometers is disconcertingly easy! From the start, you will be spoiled because the cycle route is very recent and its smooth surface will bring you great comfort.

    

    This first day has its share of discoveries in store for you, and it starts as soon as you arrive at the station

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  • Intermediate
    04:51
    46.4 mi
    9.6 mph
    925 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The days follow each other but are not alike. Despite a distance and an elevation almost identical to your stage yesterday, today's stage changes theme and is more oriented towards ancient architecture and prehistory.

    

    You walk along this magnificent river which in places requires you to cross movable

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  • Intermediate
    04:02
    41.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    250 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This third and final stage includes more gravel paths in compact gravel than asphalt. The cycle route being on this part being finished. The drop being almost nil, it remains easy and accessible to all.

    

    Between kilometers 10 and 15, you pass close to very beautiful ecosystems made up of ponds, bogs and

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    131 mi
  • Duration
    12:59 h
  • Elevation
    1,800 ft1,975 ft

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