Cycling in Northern France is a spiral bound guidebook together with a waterproof, folded map – bundled together in a plastic folder. The book and map describe touring routes north of the Loire. The book also details an additional 100-plus greenways, covering all the major off-road traffic-free trails in Northern France.
The waterproof map describes 8 touring routes with 1:200,000 Michelin mapping plus detailed area and town maps. The 8 routes are – Brittany Coast to Coast; Around the Cotentin; St. Malo – Mont St. Michel Circular; Avenue Verte and Seine Valley (Dieppe-Paris-Le Havre); Boulogne to Lille; Paris and the Marne Valley; River Rhine via the Vosges; North Burgundy (Burgundy and Nivernais Canals).
The accompanying 256page book has supporting information for the featured touring routes including directions, cycle-friendly accommodation listings and places of interest. The section on greenways explores these additional routes region by region, the majority being detailed on 1:200,000 Michelin maps – ideal rides for day trips and long weekends.
Richard Peace is the founder of Excellent Books, specialising in cycle publishing, and has been writing about cycling for more than 15 years. Andrew Stevenson has written for Cycle and The Ride magazines, and appeared on The Bike Show on Resonance FM. He has ridden extensively in France, The Netherlands and Spain, as well as in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and The Czech Republic – almost exclusively aboard a folding bike.