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Route « The Avenue Verte London Paris »

  • 465.6 km

From 2012, you can set out along this legendary cycle route in the making. The way is specially signposted for cyclists between the two great capitals, and you cross the Channel via the Transmanche Newhaven-Dieppe service, landing in Normandy. On the British side, the Avenue Verte London < > Paris makes use of the existing National Cycle Network of cycle routes. On the French side of the Avenue Verte London < > Paris, you make your way to the French capital via well-signposted small roads and greenways taking you across the following French départements, or counties: Eure, Oise, Val-d'Oise, Yvelines, Hauts-de-Seine and Seine-Saint-Denis.

The sections of The Avenue Verte London <> Paris

  • Paris and the Impressionists' Seine

    Paris and the Impressionists' Seine picto itineraire[54.5 km]

    Paris > St-Denis > Nanterre > Le Pecq > Conflans-Ste-Honorine
    • Family from Nanterre to Le Pecq and from Le Pecq to Conflans-Ste-Honorine
    • Intermediate from Paris to St-Denis
    • Expert from St-Denis to Nanterre

    Along the final section of the Avenue Verte, you switch from the Oise to the Seine at Conflans-Ste-Honorine, an historic boatmen's port at the confluence of the two rivers. You then follow the meanders in the Seine eastwards, crossing the Forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Maisons-Laffitte. After enjoying a further meander in the great river, you join the Promenade Bleue from Rueil-Malmaison to Colombes, a route paying homage to the Impressionists who painted river scenes along here so memorably. As you cycle beside the Seine, passing through riverside parks and close to islands in the river, you can still feel the atmosphere the Impressionists enjoyed. Crossing to the multicultural cathedral city of Saint-Denis, the route then takes you into the French capital via stretches of canal traditionally used by boatmen before you arrive beside the Seine in central Paris. You end your trip on the wonderful Ile de la Cité, outside the cathedral of Notre-Dame.

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  • Along the Banks of the Oise

    Along the Banks of the Oise picto itineraire[39.3 km]

    Conflans-Ste-Honorine > Auvers-sur-Oise > Asnières-sur-Oise
    • Intermediate from Conflans-Ste-Honorine to Auvers-sur-Oise and from Auvers-sur-Oise to Asnières-sur-Oise

    You follow the Oise River from Picardy into the Ile-de-France region in this section, switching from one bank of the river to the other as you head down from Royaumont abbey via L'Isle-Adam and Auvers-sur-Oise to Pontoise. You can stop at many remarkable towns and villages along this stretch and you'll discover how this part of the Oise Valley proved a source of inspiration for many great painters, most notably Vincent Van Gogh.

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  • The Oise, a Land of Great Builders

    The Oise, a Land of Great Builders picto itineraire[91.1 km]

    Asnières-sur-Oise > Senlis > Pont-Ste-Maxence > Clermont > Bresles > Beauvais
    • Intermediate from Asnières-sur-Oise to Senlis and from Senlis to Pont-Ste-Maxence and from Pont-Ste-Maxence to Clermont and from Clermont to Bresles and from Bresles to Beauvais

    As an alternative to heading down to the Ile-de-France region via the Vexin and the Epte Valley, a fascinating, alternative Avenue Verte route takes you along the Trans'Oise way, crossing the OIse département (or county), which stretches across southern Picardy, on the border with the Ile-de-France. The Oise département was a cradle of Gothic architecture and boasts an exceptional heritage. You'll see this immediately at the start of this section, with the massive abbey at Saint-Germer-de-Fly. Further stars along this route include the Château de Chantilly, the abbeys of Le Moncel and Royaumont, the royal town of Senlis and the cathedral of Beauvais. On top of that, the cycle route through the Oise proves a delight.

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  • The Vexin Area and the Epte Valley

    The Vexin Area and the Epte Valley picto itineraire[114.2 km]

    Conflans-Ste-Honorine > Vigny > Villarceaux > Bray-et-Lu > Gisors > St-Germer-de-Fly > Vernon
    • Family from Bray-et-Lu to Gisors and from Bray-et-Lu to Vernon
    • Intermediate from Conflans-Ste-Honorine to Vigny and from Vigny to Villarceaux and from Villarceaux to Bray-et-Lu and from Gisors to St-Germer-de-Fly

    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 Pays de Bray

    The Pays de Bray picto itineraire[100.5 km]

    Beauvais > St-Paul > St-Germer-de-Fly > Gournay-en-Bray > Forges-les-Eaux > Neufchâtel-en-Bray > St-Vaast-d'Equiqueville
    • Family from Forges-les-Eaux to Neufchâtel-en-Bray and from Neufchâtel-en-Bray to St-Vaast-d'Equiqueville
    • Intermediate from Beauvais to St-Paul and from St-Paul to St-Germer-de-Fly and from St-Germer-de-Fly to Gournay-en-Bray and from Gournay-en-Bray to Forges-les-Eaux

    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 Pays de Dieppe

    The Pays de Dieppe picto itineraire[21.5 km]

    St-Vaast-d'Equiqueville > Arques-la-Bataille > Dieppe
    • Family from St-Vaast-d'Equiqueville to Arques-la-Bataille
    • Intermediate from Arques-la-Bataille to Dieppe

    Arriving at the Normandy port of Dieppe, you're greeted by further mighty white cliffs. This proud maritime town has many fascinating attractions. For the time being, you have to use ordinary roads to get out of Dieppe before rejoining the Avenue Verte. Reaching the Pays de Dieppe area beyond the port, you enter a valley dominated by the ruins of the great medieval Château d'Arques-la-Bataille.

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  • The South Country

    The South Country picto itineraire[114.4 km]

    Newhaven > Brighton > Polegate > Heathfield > Groombridge > East-Grinstead > Crawley > Redhill
    • Family from Polegate to Heathfield and from Groombridge to East-Grinstead and from East-Grinstead to Crawley
    • Intermediate from Newhaven to Brighton and from Newhaven to Polegate and from Heathfield to Groombridge and from Crawley to Redhill

    This section takes you from North Downs to South Downs. After negotiating the M 25 and M 23 motorways, and the surprise of cycling right past Gatwick Airport, you'll cross the charming rolling Sussex Wealden countryside before arriving at the dramatic white cliffs around the cross-Channel port of Newhaven.

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  • Greater London

    Greater London picto itineraire[44.3 km]

    Redhill > Wallington > Earlsfield > London Thames
    • Intermediate from Redhill to Wallington and from Wallington to Earlsfield and from Earlsfield to London Thames

    You don't need to be an Olympic athlete to tackle the Avenue Verte's route out from the centre of London! In fact, with this section, you'll make use of the National Cycle Network (NCN) which whisks you easily through the dense urban environment, often making clever use of parks. You'll join the Wandle Way, a linear route following the Wandle River south.

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