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London to Paris Cycle – Self-Guided (24 Hour Challenge, Newhaven-Dieppe)

April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct £599 pp

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London to Paris Cycle – Self-Guided (24 Hour Challenge, Newhaven-Dieppe)

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About this adventure

Take on the ultimate London to Paris 24 hour cycle challenge using the Avenue Verte route from Newhaven to Dieppe. Travel between these two iconic cities and take in the bright lights and vibrant attractions of London and Paris.

The Avenue Verte route was developed to celebrate the 2012 Olympics in London. Cycling organisations in Britain and France developed a new cycle route between the London Eye and the Notre Dame in Paris. This route crosses the channel between Newhaven and Dieppe, meaning the overall route is 100km shorter than the classic Dover the Calais route. This route follows quiet roads, established cycle tracks and lanes.

London to Paris 24Hour Map

Quick Facts

  • Challenging distance of 240 miles (386km) in 24 hours.
  • Hotel accommodation for one night in Paris
  • 24 hours of cycling
  • Includes a night and a morning in Paris

About & Details

Cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours is a truly epic challenge. The route covers 240 miles (386km) and has over 6000ft of climbing. This is a challenge that’s certainly not for the faint hearted!

Your route starts on London, and you’ll travel over the North and South Downs of southern England before making it to Newhaven. Here enjoy a well-earned evening meal, to leave to Calais by ferry that night.

You’ll arrive in Dieppe in the early hours of the morning. It’s in Dieppe where the challenge really starts with 115 miles connecting Dieppe and Paris. You’ll cycle through French countryside and quiet villages. The aim is to reach the Eiffel tower in Paris by 15:00 (accounting for the 1-hour time difference). Even if you arrive after this time, it’s still a massive achievement to reach Paris in 1 day! You’ll have time to celebrate your achievement that evening, and to experience the city’s great nightlife. After a good night’s sleep, catch the Eurostar back to London, or extend your stay in Paris to make the most of your excellent achievement!


  • One night accommodation in comfortable hotels based on twin rooms en-suite with breakfast.
  • Guide book, maps and GPX files of the route.
  • Ferry crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe.
  • 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip.
  • Event organisation.
  • Financial Protection: in the unlikely event of insolvency, all our trips are protected in accordance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations.
  • Travel to the start point and journey home from the finish point of the trip.
  • Lunches and evening meals.
  • You will need to bring or buy snacks and drinks for the cycling days.
  • Return transport via Eurostar to London – please contact our team to arrange this.
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects).
  • Luggage transport and panniers.
  • Bike and bike equipment.

Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement of £60 per person per night (subject to availability).
  • Extra night in London prior to departure £90 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people).
  • Extra night in London prior to departure £145 per night for single room accommodation.
  • Extra night in Paris at end of event £90 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people).
  • Extra night in Paris at end of event £145 per night for single room accommodation.

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout to add the above optional extras.

Additional Services

Additional services are available to book on a bespoke basis, please contact our team for further information on options and pricing for the below:

  • Eurostar return – from Paris to London. Can be booked to suit your timing requirements, and can include the return of your bike on the Eurostar (in a bike box, supplied by Eurostar).
  • Support vehicle and driver.
  • Qualified bike guide/leader.
  • Daily luggage transfer.


As the event is self-guided, you can select any date to start between April and October. Please follow through the ‘Book now’ button on the left hand side of your screen to select your preferred start date.

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  • Day 1. Part 1 - London to Newhaven

    You’ll leave London and make your way towards Warlingham before climbing over the North and South downs. The final stretch down past Lewes and into Newhaven is a highlight to end the first stage.

    You’ll arrive in Newhaven for a well-earned evening meal, a good stretch and a bike check, before boarding your ferry. The ferry takes 4 hours, so take the time to rest and try your best to get some sleep before the big day on the bike tomorrow.

    94.5 miles (152km), 1086 meters (3563 ft) ascent

  • Day 1. Part 2 - Dieppe to Paris

    Your ferry will arrive in Dieppe in the early hours of the morning. As the sun rises over Northern France, you’ll make your way through picturesque villages and quiet countryside. This is a long day, so make sure you stop for a good lunch at one of the many French bakeries on-route. Once you make it to the 95 mile mark, your approaching the outskirts of Paris.

    Aim to arrive in Paris by 15:00 (accounting for the time difference) to complete the challenge in 24 hours – however, even if you arrive after it’s still a great achievement to reach Paris in a single day! Now is the time to get some pictures at the Eiffel tower and celebrate!

    Cycle across to your accommodation for the evening and enjoy a good night’s rest.

    146 miles (235km), 887 meters (2910 ft ascent)

  • Day 2 - Rest day and return home

    You’ve certainly earned the chance to explore the sites of Paris! Why not visit the museum or gallery before travelling back to the UK.


This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason deemed necessary. All timings and mileages are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

Charity Information

How to take part for Charity

To do this challenge for a charity there is a non-refundable registration fee, payable to Maximum Adventure at the time of booking. You can then choose between the two different options below.


Pay a registration fee at the time of booking then the balance due 10-weeks before departure. With the self-funding option, you personally cover the full cost of the challenge. This option means that there is no minimum sponsorship target due, but we encourage you to raise as much money as you can for the charity.

Minimum Sponsorship Pledge

Pay a registration fee at the time of booking and confirm with your charity their minimum fundraising requirements for the balance. This will typically be double the cost of the adventure, less the registration fee. With the minimum sponsorship pledge option, you must submit 80% of your fundraising target to the charity 10 weeks before the departure date.

More Information

For more details of how fundraising works please read our step-by-step guide here or contact us for help.

Maximum Adventure work with lots of charities to offer our events as fundraising opportunities.  You can find our Charity Events from the ‘Menu’ in the corner of your screen or from our homepage.  If your chosen charity is not listed, please contact us and we will be happy to approach them on your behalf.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

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