Day 1: London-Dover-Calais
Starting in London, we pass through the outskirts of London and into the rolling fields and villages of rural Kent, passing orchards and traditional oast houses. We follow country roads across the hills of the North Downs all the way to the white cliffs of Dover, and our ferry crossing to Calais. On arrival in France there will be a short ride (approx five miles) to our hotel where we can put our feet up after our longest day in the saddle.
Day 2: Calais-Arras
After a hearty breakfast, we head south through beautiful French countryside. Our route takes us along small, quiet roads through villages and small towns. During the afternoon we ride past small War Cemeteries such as at Noordpeene and Gauchin, a reminder of the remarkable history of this region. The terrain is reasonably flat to begin with but becomes more undulating as we travel south. We spend the night in Arras, a lovely old town in which many buildings have been restored to their pre-First World War condition.
Day 3: Arras – Compiègne
Today is an enjoyable day along quiet roads offering scenic views. We leave Arras, heading south and then soon skirt round Bapaume, an ancient fortified town which was heavily targeted during both World Wars. We pass war cemeteries and then cross the River Somme before heading on to the town of Compiègne which lies on the banks of the River Oise.
Day 4: Compiègne – Paris
Our final day’s cycling takes us southwest, initially through small villages and woodland before we meet busier roads. As we reach the suburbs of Paris we look out for the distinctive landmarks of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré Coeur standing out on the skyline. Reaching the suburb of St. Denis we come to the River Seine before heading to the Eiffel Tower – our finishing point where we enjoy a great celebration to mark our achievements.