Route: London to Newhaven and on to Paris via the Newhaven - Dieppe ferry, using routes 4, 20, 21 and 2.
Distance: London to Newhaven: 100 miles. London to Paris: 247 miles via the western route / 287 miles via the eastern route.
Starting at the London Eye and ending at Notre Dame, the 247 mile route takes riders on a challenging but rewarding journey through towns, villages and beautiful countryside on both sides of the Channel. The route is a mixture of on-road, mainly quiet lanes, and traffic-free stretches on old railway-paths and riverside routes.
In the UK, the route mainly follows National Cycle Network Routes 4, 20, 21 and 2 as it passes through London, Surrey, West Sussex and East Sussex. In East Sussex, Avenue Verte includes the Forest Way and the Cuckoo Trail which together provide over 20 miles of traffic-free cycling, walking and horse riding along former railway lines. There are some short sections of the route that use Bridleways where the route surface is variable and not suitable for road bikes.
The route in England is signed with National Cycle Network signs with the Avenue Verte symbol.
In France, the route again uses a mixture of on-road and traffic-free sections between Dieppe and Paris. From just outside Dieppe, the Avenue Verte follows the former Dieppe - Paris railway line for 25 miles, providing a fully surfaced, wide and traffic-free route. In France the route is signed with slightly different Avenue Verte London to Paris signs. At Gournay the route splits into the eastern and western options which rejoin at St Germain.
For information and detailed mapping of the route order the official Avenue Verte - London to Paris by Bike guidebook.
More information on the route and mapping is available on these websites:
The project has involved East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey County Councils, Transport for London (TfL) and Sustrans, in partnership with Le Departement Seine-Maritime in France.
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Starting at the London Eye and ending at Notre Dame, the 247 mile route takes riders on a challenging but rewarding journey through towns, villages and beautiful countryside on both sides of the Channel.
Buy the official Avenue Verte guide book.