Paris to London by bicycle

9 January

Sue and I tomorrow are driving to the UK to visit our family.  We will travel by car for about 5 hours to Dieppe, where we will take the lorry and car ferry, which is a 4 hour sea crossing to Newhaven.  From there we will drive for another 2 hours to Michael’s home which is near Reading.

The ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven was the original channel crossing route for the rail line linking Paris to London.  And now the Avenue Verte London – Paris is a cycle route stretching 406 km. The French section, linking Paris to the Channel port of Dieppe, measures 246 km. It follows special traffic-free greenways (voies vertes), plus some tracks shared with motorists.

The British part of the route uses the National Cycle Network, in particular routes 2, 21 and 20. The website of the cycling organisation Sustrans offers a very detailed map of the route, along with an app: http://www.sustrans.org.uk

Another wonderful joint enterprise between the British and French in creating a green link joining our two great capital cities together by a fabulous bicycle route

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