Day 1: London – Newhaven – Dieppe
An early start allows us to avoid the morning traffic as we pass through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads. Crossing the North Downs, we tackle our first demanding hills as we ride towards the Kent border, then enjoy a fairly flat section before the more undulating roads of Sussex as we head towards the south coast. Our last few miles in England take us on a beautiful rolling road across the South Downs where we ride west towards Newhaven. Taking the ferry to Dieppe, we have dinner on board and on arrival ride to our nearby accommodation. Night hotel
(Dinner on ferry not included)
Day 2: Dieppe – Lisieux
We enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out on today’s challenging ride. Leaving Dieppe, initially along the coast, we soon ride inland and south through the beautiful Saâne valley. This is a lovely area that cuts through the low-lying hills; we pass lots of small tranquil villages enroute. We skirt the small town of Yerville and cycle southwest, arriving at the banks of the wide River Seine. Crossing 30km short of the river-mouth is an impressive experience as large vessels ply the waters far upriver.
Keeping the sweeping curve of riverbank to our right, we pedal through the Brotonne Forest, a picturesque area of oak and beech trees surrounded by a wide loop of the Seine. Leaving woodland and river behind, we continue southwest until we reach Pont-Audemer, a pretty town of half-timbered buildings and canals lying on the River Risle. From here we continue, still southwest, through small villages and hedged farmland, to our finishing-point, Lisieux. Night hotel.
Day 3: Lisieux – Vernon
Leaving Liseux behind us, we head due east through rolling farmland and villages. This is farming countryside, renowned for its production of cheeses, cider and calvados. Continuing east to Brionne, a small town on the River Risle, we cross the river and ride southeast to Neubourg. We stop for lunch, then continue through green forests which provide a real contrast to the first part of our day. Heading through villages north of Evreux, we cross the River Eure and then ride the final leg to Vernon, an historic town on the Seine where we stay for our final night before arriving in Paris. Night hotel.
Day 4: Vernon – Paris
Our final day’s cycling takes us south on small village roads to Breval; from here we continue predominantly east on a slightly larger road through Septeuil and Crespières, small traditional towns. 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. Crossing the River Seine for the final time, we reach the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt and continue through the Paris streets to our finish beneath the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower. We check into our hotel and enjoy a great celebration to mark our achievements. Night hotel.