If you thought cycling between London and Paris on traffic-free paths and minor roads was simply a nice idea but not really practical, think again; launched in summer 2012, the Avenue Verte cycle route connects two iconic sights, the London Eye and Notre Dame cathedral, letting you pedal between the hearts of both cities on traffic-free trails and quiet roads, taking in some fantastic landscapes along the way.
The most direct route via the Epte Valley is 398km (247 miles) and the variant via Beauvais and the Oise valley is 462km (287 miles). In total both route options cover around 582km (362 miles). The vast majority of the Avenue Verte uses traffic-free greenways and minor roads with a number of sections being specially constructed for the route and it is signed along almost its entire length. There are plans to add more traffic-free sections in future, with much more greenway to be added on the French side in particular.
You can tackle the route all in one go, take in an easy-to-do section over a weekend, or choose a smaller section to enjoy as a family day ride.
Along the way explore the beautiful South Downs, take the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry across the channel and choose between the gentle Normandy countryside and the picturesque Oise valley. Approach Paris along the banks of the river Seine on traffic-free paths.
Published by Sustrans, the creator of the National Cycle Network, this is the complete, official guidebook to the entire route between the two cities, including the options via Beauvais and the Oise Valley. It includes detailed maps (at a range of scales, 1:10,000, 1:25,000 and 1:100,000), directions, what to see, accommodation and much more. The guide is spiral bound and folds back on itself to fit handily into a pocket.