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Cycling the Avenue Verte – a beautiful adventure from London to Paris

Jannes Pitz

Cycling the Avenue Verte – a beautiful adventure from London to Paris

Bike Touring Collection by Amy

5-9

days

3-5 h

/ day

325 mi

8,725 ft

8,825 ft

Mighty rivers, green rolling countryside, iconic landmarks, and quaint towns – the Avenue Verte cycle route leads from London to Paris through delightful corners of England and France.

This Collection leads you 252 miles (406 km) through gorgeous scenery in both the South of England and North-Western France. You follow some of Europe’s most infamous rivers, cross luscious valleys, and pass ancient woodlands along the way.

I've broken down the route into eight stages that are suitable for all levels of riders, young and old. If you want to cover longer distances, you can simply combine the routes together to ride more at once.

You mostly ride along former railway lines and traffic-free paths, so the route is fairly flat. However, there are some gravel and sandy sections at times, so you thin tyres could be problematic.

Although the route is well signposted in both England and France, some parts are unmarked, so be sure to turn on your komoot navigation. In England, look out for the National Cycle Network signs for routes 20 and 21. In France, you follow the Avenue Verte Paris-London signs.

Starting from St Paul’s Cathedral and finishing at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, you explore the rich cultures of England and France, visiting medieval fortresses, impressive aristocratic castles, and fascinating museums. In between, you can fill up on delicious local delicacies too. There are plenty of towns, villages and cities en route where you can refuel, stock up on supplies and spend the night.

London has excellent rail connections with the rest of the UK, just bear in mind that you may need to reserve a space for your bike. Making a reservation is free, but trains fill up fast in the summer so make sure you book early.

With its combination of culture, history and stunning scenery, the Avenue Verte is an ideal cycling adventure for everyone from novice families to avid cyclists all year round.

For more information about the Avenue Verte, visit: avenuevertelondonparis.co.uk

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    03:39
    34.3 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    St Paul's Cathedral’s iconic dome and pale stone facades, the impressive London Eye, crossing the Thames River, and discovering London’s diverse boroughs – your first day of cycling the Avenue Verte from London to Paris takes you past some of London's most iconic landmarks.

    Starting from the very heart of the capital, the first leg of your journey follows the …

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    Amy
  • Difficult
    04:20
    38.9 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Thick green forests blanketed by bluebells, quaint honey-colored villages with historic black and white timber houses, smooth cycle paths flanked by ancient trees – your second day cycling the Avenue Verte takes you through beautiful British countryside and centuries of history.

    Setting out from Horley, you cycle past the UK’s second busiest airport. Don’t forget to keep your eyes on …

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    Amy
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  • Difficult
    07:29
    107 mi
    14.4 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,450 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    “Allez!” – on stage 3 of the Avenue Verte, you leave the British Isles and continue your adventure on the other side of the Channel in France.

    From Mayfield and Five Ashes, you ride on quiet country lanes and cycle paths, passing through idyllic farms, over meandering streams and through pristine woodland. Enjoy a quick descent before climbing up to …

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    Amy
  • Intermediate
    03:44
    38.2 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Bienvenue en France! Stage 4 of the Avenue Verte from London to Paris is your first full-day pedaling in France. You can expect glorious white stone cliff faces, magnificent Renaissance castles, and beautiful villages.

    Today, you cover 39 miles (63 km) through the pretty region of Normandy. Famed for its history of ancient 11th-century battles, World War II beach landings, …

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    Amy
  • Intermediate
    03:00
    32.1 mi
    10.7 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 5 of the Avenue Verte takes you deeper into the heart of Normandy, revealing more of the region’s culture, history, and beautiful nature. You ride through quaint villages with historic monuments and straw-coloured fields and along quiet country lanes to the historic town of Gisors.

    Today’s route is relatively flat – you gain 1,246 feet (380 m) in elevation …

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    Amy
  • Intermediate
    03:04
    30.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 6 takes you further into the Epte Valley, showcasing some of the region’s finest castles, churches and mansions. The comfortable ride takes you 29 miles (47 km) down quiet country lanes and bike paths, gaining a total of 1,181 feet (360 m) in elevation throughout the day.

    From Gisors, you continue along the River Epte via the traffic-free ‘Voie …

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    Amy
  • Intermediate
    02:16
    21.7 mi
    9.6 mph
    650 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 7 of the Avenue Verte leads along trickling streams and through nature reserves with an abundance of wildlife before joining the River Seine, one of the world’s most famous rivers, as it flows through Paris.

    On your way to the French capital, you pass many interesting towns and villages, each with their own unique charm: Longeusse with its 12th-century …

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    Amy
  • Intermediate
    02:09
    22.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    450 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The final leg of your journey following the Avenue Verte from London to Paris is the shortest of all eight stages, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere of one of the greatest cities in the world – Paris.

    Beginning the day from Maisons-Lafitte, you cross the River Seine and cycle through Satrouville, Bezons, Colombes and Saint-Denis. Although the roads …

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    Amy

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    325 mi
  • Duration
    29:42 h
  • Elevation
    8,725 ft8,825 ft

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