Southern England and Northern France
April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct £199 pp
The London 2 Paris Cycle for The Prince’s Trust is available on any of the dates shown . If you are planning this ride in support of The Prince’s Trust and would like to take part on dates not highlighted just get in touch! We can offer this ride any time of year, though do recommend April to October for better conditions
Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.
Typically we meet at 6.30am at the Greenwich Observatory to start riding at 7am. The route takes in Greenwich Park, Shooters Hill and then follows the Thames corridor through to Dartford. From there we skirt Maidstone passing through Coxheath, Lenham and over the Kent Downs towards Folkestone. From Folkestone, the route follows the coast to Dover, where we stay the night.
80 miles (129km)
After an early start, grab breakfast on the cross-channel ferry to Calais, cycle through the old town centre and begin our route on minor roads crossing through the beautiful rolling countryside of the Boulonnais National Park. The road surfaces are generally good and the chances to stop at the roadside are plentiful. After this, the route heads out into the country passing through numerous small villages, the beautiful gardens and abbey of Valloires and past a very pretty windmill with crepe shop attached. We finish the day in the town of Abbeville.
75 miles (121km)
The day starts with a ride through the town centre, then out into open countryside. The roads used are in good condition, although narrow and single lane in places. We follow the River Somme for a small section and then cycle past open fields and through pretty French villages to Grand Villiers. The last section of the day runs along the D149 into the town of Beauvais. Despite the town having been severely damaged during the 2nd World War, the great Gothic cathedral is a must-see, especially its ornate Medieval clock.
63 miles (101km)
Leaving Beauvais the going is undulating as the route heads south past fields into the Vexin National Park and on to cross the River Oise at Méry sur Oise. Paris comes into sight and on entering the outskirts there are some steep, winding descents down to the River Seine, which we cycle beside to the Bois de Boulogne. From here we head to the Trocadero for fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower and take the final ride down beneath the Tower, along the Seine, then onto the Place de Concord and up the Champs Elysees with a victory lap for the brave ones around the Arc de Triomphe.
53 miles (86km)
There is a free morning in Paris for sightseeing before making our way home via Eurostar. Why not visit a museum or gallery before traveling back to the UK. Return times range between 12 noon and 6pm.
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 the guide may deem necessary. All timings are approximate and for guidance purpose only.
You can take part on any scheduled London to Paris (Wednesday to Sunday) between April and October inclusive, just select the dates of your choice. Once we have received your booking we will contact you with specific information about your challenge, along with an appropriate kit list and fitness plan to help you prepare for your upcoming challenge and make the most of it! The Prince’s Trust will be informed of your registration and will be in contact with you directly.
Deposit £199 - at point of booking
Balance due 10 weeks before departure
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