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Avenue Verte

Avenue Verte – London to Paris by Bike

If you thought cycling between London and Paris on traffic-free paths and minor roads was simply a nice idea but not really practical, think again; launched in summer 2012, the Avenue Verte cycle route connects two iconic sights, the London Eye and Notre Dame cathedral, letting you pedal between the hearts of both cities on traffic-free trails and quiet roads, taking in some fantastic landscapes along the way.

The most direct route via the Epte Valley is 398 km (247 miles) and the variant via Beauvais and the Oise valley is 462 km (287 miles). In total both route options cover around 582 km (362 miles). The vast majority of the Avenue Verte uses traffic-free greenways and minor roads with a number of sections being specially constructed for the route and it is signed along almost its entire length. There are plans to add more traffic-free sections in future, with much more greenway to be added on the French side in particular.

You can tackle the route all in one go, take in an easy-to-do section over a weekend, or choose a smaller section to enjoy as a family day ride.

Along the way explore the beautiful South Downs, take the Newhaven – Dieppe ferry across the channel and choose between the gentle Normandy countryside and the picturesque Oise valley. Approach Paris along the banks of the river Seine on traffic-free paths.

Published by Sustrans, the creator of the National Cycle Network, this is the complete, official guidebook to the entire route between the two cities, including the options via Beauvais and the Oise Valley. It includes detailed maps (at a range of scales, 1:10,000, 1:25,000 and 1:100,000), directions, what to see, accommodation and much more. The guide is spiral bound and folds back on itself to fit handily into a pocket.

Cycle from the Thames in London to the Seine and Notre Dame in Paris along traffic-free paths and quiet roads. Along the way explore the beautiful South Downs, take the Newhaven – Dieppe ferry across the channel and choose between the gentle Normandy countryside (398km / 247 miles) and the picturesque Oise valley (462km / 287 miles). Approach Paris along the banks of the river Seine on traffic-free paths.

This fully updated second edition from Sustrans includes maps, directions, alternative route options, what to see, accommodation and much more.

What’s new for the second edition of Avenue Verte – London to Paris by Bike?

* Mainly minor rural road detour east of the complicated official section through Horley and Crawley.

* Spur route to Giverny (for Monet’s garden) and Vernon.

* Shortcut through Paris, avoiding the official route through industrial northern Paris.

* Totally updated mapping and directions and new, expanded accommodation listings. Many
accommodation listings in France are now ‘Acceuil Velo’ rated – or Cyclists Welcome – with guaranteed cycle
storage and accreditation is indicated in the listings.

* All new photos.

Author Richard Peace has written and photographed more than 20 cycling titles as well as being a contributor to numerous cycling magazines and websites including Cycle (the official Cycle UK magazine), Bikeradar, Free-wheeling France and A to B transport magazine.

The Guardian newspaper has a write-up on the route online: “Launched to coincide with the 2012 Olympics, Avenue Verte has two great cities, beautiful Anglo-Franco countryside and a sea voyage in the middle…”

Avenue Verte – London to Paris by Bike

Publisher: Sustrans
Published Date: 2017
Edition: 2nd, May 2017
Binding: Other
Illustrations: Colour photos and maps
Weight: 180g

Avenue Verte – London to Paris by Bike

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