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London to Paris Cycle – Self-Guided (5 Days, Dover-Calais)

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London to Paris Cycle – Self-Guided (5 Days, Dover-Calais)

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About this adventure

Take on the London to Paris cycle challenge using the classic Dover to Calais route. Travel between these two iconic cities and take in the bright lights and vibrant attractions of London and Paris. This 5-day route is a gentler approach to the popular London-to-Paris cycle challenge, giving you the time to explore and appreciate the rolling countryside of Kent and Hauts-de-France. This route follows low, well-established, cycle-friendly routes with either separate cycle tracks or lanes marked on the road.

Quick Facts

  • Relatively leisurely distances (averaging 103km/64 miles per day)
  • Hotel accommodation for five nights
  • Five days of cycling
  • Includes a night and a morning in Paris
  • 276 miles (477km) trip

About & Details

This trip takes you between the two most iconic capital cities in the world as you cycle between the two famous points: Greenwich Observatory in London, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Dover to Calais cycle route is known as the classic route.

The classic route crosses the Channel between Dover and Calais, and makes use of quiet country roads, rural tracks, and dedicated cycle paths. Starting in London, you’ll cycle through Rochester and Ashford before reaching Dover. Taking the ferry from Dover, you’ll then continue your route in France, moving from Calais to Abbeville, Amiens to Beauvais, to then finish in Paris

Inclusions

  • Five nights’ accommodation in comfortable hotels based on twin rooms en-suite with breakfast.
  • Guide book, maps and GPX files of the route.
  • Ferry crossing from Dover to Calais.
  • 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.
Exclusions
  • 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.
  • Luggage transport and panniers.
  • Bike and bike equipment.
  • 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).

Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement of £55 per person per night (subject to availability).
  • Solo traveller supplement £45 per person per night.
  • Odd number group supplement £45 per group per night may apply if a single room is required.
  • Extra night in London prior to departure £75 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people).
  • Extra night in London prior to departure £120 per night for single room accommodation.
  • Extra night in Paris at end of event £75 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people).
  • Extra night in Paris at end of event £120 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.

Departures

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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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - London Greenwich to Ashford

    The first stage follows flat cycle lanes besides minor roads but with some busier sections to bring you out of London. After Dartford, you’ll climb over two outliers of the North Downs before descending into Rochester via crossing Medway.

    You’ll then leave Rochester for a steep climb over the chalk ridge of North Downs at Blue Bell Hill. Next follow the medieval pilgrim’s way for the next 28km, moving over the undulating southern slopes of the downs. You’ll pass a series of spring-line villages before descending to the growth town of Ashford. This stage uses a mixture of quiet country roads and off-road tracks, some of which can be muddy and wet.

    61 miles (98km)

  • Day 2 - Ashford to Desvres

    After Ashford, follow the gently undulating road heading south to cross the edge of Romney marsh. The route flattens as you follow the Royal Military canal to Hythe and the coastal promenade to Folkestone. Here the route climbs steeply to run above the white cliffs before descending to reach Dover and the ferry terminal in the Eastern Docks.

    You’ll then cross the channel to arrive at Calais. From Calais, the ride levels out taking you into Guines along a canal towpath and a disused railway. This stage uses minor roads that undulate over chalk downland before ending in Desvres, famous for ceramics and tiles.

    72 miles (116km)

  • Day 3 - Desvres to Abbeville

    Coming out of Desvres, there’s a short, steep climb. But don’t fret! We all know the saying “what comes up must come down”, meaning once you’re out of Desvres you’ll have a very exhilarating and long downhill descent into Neuville-sous-Montreuil. This descent follows a minor road into the pretty Valley of the Course which runs just south of Desvres and passes through a series of small villages and farms.

    From here, the route turns east and follows the Canche valley to a gently undulating minor road towards Hesdin.

    Coming out from Hesdin you’re faced with a steep climb and undulating roads across the wide-open chalk downland of the Ponthieu. You’ll pass large fields, a few trees, and only the occasional village. You then descend into three small valleys, one holding the town Crécy-en-Ponthieu where the English defeated the French in the Battle of Crécy in 1346. Towards the end, the route descends into the Scardon valley to follow a voie verte into Abbeville.

    56 miles (90km)

  • Day 4 - Abbeville to Beauvais

    From Abbeville, there’s a much-welcomed flat stage that takes you into Amiens. Your route follows the towpath of the canalised river Somme, all the way from the outskirts of Abbeville to the centre of Amiens. A few riverside villages are passed, but no major towns.

    A shorter day leaves Amiens by crossing a low ridge before following the Selle valley on a gently rising grade. This route uses minor roads and the Coulée Verte (green corridor) along an old railway. You’ll pass the head of the valley and cross chalk downland to a hilltop and the town of Crévecœur-le-Grand. Minor roads are used to descend into the Thérain valley to reach Beauvais.

    69 miles (111km)

  • Day 5 - Beauvais to the Eiffel Tower

    South of Beauvais, take the direct route to Paris which crosses a limestone plateau known as Vexin. To avoid the high ground, this stage follows the attractive Thérain valley south-east from Beauvais to its junction with the Oise. There’s a small climb to cross a low ridge before descending into the town of Chantilly, a racehorse training town. Cycling from Beauvais to Chantilly is a slightly undulating route.

    From Chantilly, you’ll begin climbing to the edge of the Paris basin, before descending into the banlieue (suburbs) of Greater Paris. In the beginning, this route starts by traversing forests and fields, before stretching into mostly roadside cycle tracks.

    The final 11 miles (17km) takes you from St Denis market to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. This route follows urban canal towpaths, city side streets through the Marais, and a cycle track beside the boulevards leading to the Eiffel Tower on the left bank of the river Seine. Take a picture by the Eiffel Tower to document your achievement.

    64 miles (102km)

  • Day 6 - Rest day and return home

    The final day is a rest day. Use this day to explore the sites of Paris. Why not visit the museum or gallery before travelling back to the UK?

Disclaimer

Please note: 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 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.

Self-Funding
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.

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

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

Payment Terms

  • Deposit £199 - at point of booking

  • Balance due 10-weeks before departure