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Cycling from London to Paris is one of the great cycle experiences in Europe.
Passing through the pretty Kent countryside, we cross the Channel at Dover and continue through the small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France, passing the famous battlefields of the Somme and Agincourt. Our finishing point, the Eiffel Tower, will be a welcome sight.
Our last day in Paris allows us to explore the streets of the city and soak up the romantic atmosphere!
Day 1: London – Dover – Dunkirk (Cycle approx. 85 miles)
After an early start from Blackheath Common it is not long before we are among the rolling fields and villages of rural Kent. We cross the hills of the North Downs to Dover, where we take the ferry to Dunkirk.
Day 2: Dunkirk – Cambrai (Cycle approx. 100 miles)
Riding roughly parallel to the Belgian border, today’s terrain is fairly flat as we pass through farmland and small villages, many of which bare testament to the WW1 scenes that took place here. A few hills await us before Cambrai, a town dating back to Roman times.
Day 3: Cambrai – Soissons (Cycle approx. 70 miles)
We cross beautiful rolling landscapes and pass small war cemeteries. We have a magnificent view of the River Somme. Toward the end of our route, the road climbs steeply out of the pretty village of Vauxaillon, treating us to wonderful views before a rewarding descent brings us to Soissons, an ancient town on the River Aisne.
Day 4: Soissons – Paris (Cycle approx. 75 miles)
Our final day’s cycling follows more undulating roads through small villages and farmland. As we reach busier roads and cycle through the Parisian streets we look out for distinctive landmarks, excited at being this close to our goal! We sweep around the Arc de Triomphe and down the famed Champs-Elysées to our finish beneath the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower. Tonight a celebration meal marks our achievement.
Day 5: Paris – London
Explore the city before catching the Eurostar train home.