Day 1 – London to Dover
We will meet at a predetermined time at the EY offices at London Bridge to start the adventure. The route takes out of London on the road to Kent 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.
Cycling distance – approx.80 miles
Day 2 – Calais to Abbeville
Ferry crossing to Calais after breakfast. The route is rolling countryside on minor roads. From exiting Calais via the old town centre you travel south through the national park area over good roads and undulating terrain. Some areas are exposed to wind and poor weather conditions. Road surfaces are generally good and the chance to stop at the roadside plentiful. After this, the route heads out into the country on good roads passing through numerous small villages and passing a very pretty windmill with crepe shop attached. Here the roads are narrower with some potholes and loose surface gravel.
Cycling distance – approx. 75 miles.
Day 3 – Abbeville to Beauvais
The day starts with a ride through the town centre then again out into open countryside headed generally south all day. The roads used are in good condition although narrow and single lane in places. Next, we follow the river valley, passing beneath the viaduct only 20 minutes out from the town. The last section of the day runs along D316 & D7 to Beauvais; the road is rough around Moliens and on exiting Crillon there is a short steep downhill before a left turn to head to Beauvais.
Cycling distance – approx. 64 miles.
Day 4 – Beauvais to Paris
10 am start
The final day of our European cycling adventure!
The going is undulating, yet again, following the river course to South East until reaching Mouy. After this the group needs to stick quite close together as they approach Paris and once we have entered the city proper. There are some very steep, winding descents that take you into the outskirts of Paris. On crossing the river we make our way through the Bois de Boulogne and then to the Trocadero for fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower. We will then 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.
Cycling distance – approx. 59 miles.
Day 5 – Paris
There is a free morning in Paris for sightseeing before making our way home via Eurostar. The train is scheduled to leave at 14:33hrs. Why not visit a museum or gallery before travelling 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, rider’s fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary. All timings are approximate and for guidance purpose only.
This tour is tough but achievable by most people. To enjoy this trip, you need to have a good level of fitness. It’s a tough challenge but it is achievable by most people. The cycling days will cover 60-80 miles and will take around 6-8 hours. There are a few significant hills on the route, particularly on the first day. We recommend that you follow a fitness plan in preparation for your challenge, an example of one will be sent to you when you have confirmed your booking. Although the fitness plan we will send to you has been devised by a fitness professional, this is only provided as a guide and you should see professional advice before starting your own fitness regime.