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The Pays de Bray

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

This wonderful stretch of the Avenue Verte transports you from the Pays de Dieppe across the Pays de Bray, a deeply typical area of Normandy, with rich farmlands stetching across wide green rolling hills. Our track takes you as far as the old thermal town of Forges-les-Eaux. Then you need to follow a provisional route along small country roads leading to Saint-Germer-de-Fly, a pretty village just within the region of Picardy. There, you can choose between two different Avenue Verte routes taking you to central Paris.

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The 6 stages of the section « The Pays de Bray »

  • Beauvais / St-Aubin-en-Bray

    Beauvais / St-Aubin-en-Bray [9.2 km]

    This route takes you up and down the rolling hills and valleys of the Pays de Bray. Before long, a greenway will open along this bucolic section of the Avenue Verte. At the end of the stage, you approach the cathedral city of Beauvais following the Avelon River, with its bridges and old mills.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • St-Aubin-en-Bray / St-Germer-de-Fly

    St-Aubin-en-Bray / St-Germer-de-Fly [16 km]

    The village of Saint-Germer-de-Fly, proudly marking the crossroads of different Avenue Verte options to get to Paris, boasts a magnificent Gothic abbey and is typical of the pretty stops along the Brayon crest road.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • St-Germer-de-Fly / Gournay-en-Bray

    St-Germer-de-Fly / Gournay-en-Bray [6.1 km]

    After Gournay, while awaiting completion of the planned greenway, you have to climb Auchy's hill. Then you skirt round the impressive Côte Sainte-Hélène slope to reach the typical village of Saint-Germer-de-Fly. Here you find yourself at the crossroads of two different Avenue Verte routes heading for Paris, one going via Gisors down the Normandy frontier, the other via Beauvais, through the Oise département (or county), in southern Picardy.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Gournay-en-Bray / Forges-les-Eaux

    Gournay-en-Bray / Forges-les-Eaux [26.6 km]

    You follow the course of the Epte River along this stage, meandering along pretty hill routes for the time being, although a greenway is going to be laid out down in the valley. This scenic rural section takes you across the Boutonnière of the Pays de Bray, a curious geological bulge in the landscape.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • Forges-les-Eaux / Neufchâtel-en-Bray

    Forges-les-Eaux / Neufchâtel-en-Bray [18.6 km]

    A superb stretch of the Avenue Verte leads you down to Forges-les-Eaux. The Epte and Andelle Rivers, pretty tributaries of the mighty Seine, spring up here. Forges-les-Eaux, as its name implies, made its name in the past both as a town producing metal-work and as a thermal resort, thanks to its iron-rich springs.

    Difficulty: Family Favourite view the detail
  • Neufchâtel-en-Bray / St-Vaast d'Equiqueville

    Neufchâtel-en-Bray / St-Vaast d'Equiqueville [16.2 km]

    In this stage, you leave the Pays de Dieppe for the Pays de Bray. The picturesque countryside here is scattered with farms producing fine milk and fruit products which have long supplied not just Normandy's markets, but also those of Paris. In fact, such fertile parts of Normandy are now promoting themselves under the amusing nickname of 'Gourmandie'.

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