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The Vexin Area and the Epte Valley

[ Cycle routes The Avenue Verte London <> Paris ]
  • 114.2 km

This section of the Avenue Verte takes you through historic frontier territories. You start by following the Normandy-Picardy border, passing via the important frontier town of Gisors. You then enter the former border territory between Normandy and the Ile-de-France (the region surrounding Paris), as you cross through the unspoilt areas of the Vexin Normand and Vexin Français. You'll pass by many beautiful old villages, forts and manors along the way. As an extra treat, make a short but memorable detour down the Epte Valley to Giverny near the Seine, where you can visit Monet's famed Impressionist gardens.

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The 6 stages of the section « The Vexin Area and the Epte Valley »

  • Conflans / Vigny

    Conflans / Vigny [20.5 km]

    Cergy-Pontoise is a New Town with numerous attractions to surprise visitors, be it down by the Oise River or up on its heights. Don't miss the views along the Axe Majeur vista, stretching to the skyscrapers of Paris's high-rise business district, La Défense. Cergy-Pontoise is also known for its very extensive Base de Loisirs, an outdoor recreation and water park skirting round the old village of Ham.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Vigny / Villarceaux

    Vigny / Villarceaux [18.4 km]

    The small country roads you take along this section go through the typical, unspoilt, undulating countryside of the Vexin Français, with pretty old villages dotted here and there. Châteaux and other fine old buildings compete in charm with old-fashioned farms and more modest local dwellings. All told, this is a delightfully harmonious stage.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Villarceaux / Bray-et-Lu

    Villarceaux / Bray-et-Lu [5.5 km]

    This is a very short stage, enabling you to get off the greenway along the Epte Valley (linking Gisors and Gasny) at the village of Bray-et-Lû to head over to Villarceaux. While the official route of the Avenue Verte turns east at Bray-et-Lû, an extra, unofficial stage offers you the enticing additional option of heading down to Giverny, a place of exceptional importance in the history of Impressionism, as Monet settled here to paint, creating his fabulous garden with lily ponds. Also press on to the banks of the Seine around the town of Vernon. Savour the beautiful villages around here and the unique atmosphere of the wonderful area

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Bray-et-Lu / Gisors

    Bray-et-Lu / Gisors [20.9 km]

    Here you embark on an idyllic stretch of greenway which unfurls along the Epte Valley, passing old villages, bridges and mills, plus the impressive ruins of several fortresses. You're on the historic border between Normandy and French royal possessions as you head south from the legendary castle dominating the town of Gisors.

    Difficulty: Family Favourite view the detail
  • Gisors / St-Germer-de-Fly

    Gisors / St-Germer-de-Fly [29.3 km]

    When you reach Neuf-Marché, southwest of St-Germer-de-Fly, you're standing at the crossroads of three French départements, or counties: Oise, Eure and Seine-Maritime. The small roads you take from here follow the contours of the local hillsides. You're heading south along the Epte Valley towards Gisors, between the wooded hills of the Vexin Normand area and Picardy.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Liaison Bray-et-Lu / Vernon

    Liaison Bray-et-Lu / Vernon [20.9 km]

    While the official route of the Avenue Verte turns east at Bray-et-Lû, this extra, unofficial stage offers you the enticing additional option of heading down to Giverny, a place of exceptional importance in the history of Impressionism, as Monet settled here to paint, creating his fabulous garden with waterlily ponds. Also press on to the banks of the Seine around the town of Vernon. Savour the beautiful villages around here and the unique atmosphere of a particularly wonderful area.

    Difficulty: Family view the detail