From Brighton to Newhaven ferry port it is 10 miles, along NCN route 2. The French section, linking the Channel port of Dieppe to Paris is 152 miles.
The full Avenue Verte cycle route from London to Paris is 252 miles.
It follows special traffic-free greenways (voies vertes), plus some tracks shared with motorists.
Along the Avenue Verte London -Paris between the two capitals, discover a whole wonderful mosaic of varied landscapes. In France, you’ll pass by châteaux, cathedrals, and lovely little towns and villages that you can visit. The itinerary provides an ideal way of appreciating many remarkable places at a deliciously gentle pace. Stop to take in how they’ve developed down the centuries.
- Starting point in Dieppe – Go to bottom end of harbour and take road on left hand side of Railway station – keep going until you see the first Avenue Verte yellow waymarker.
- Eat unlimited Custard tarts, Croissants for around €1 each – and don’t feel guilty – you will burn around 10,000 calories per day.
- Campsites turn up – between 10 to 20 euros a night.
- Drink and have snacks – 3-4 litres a day.
- Up to 10 hours cycling both days, 4-5 hrs last day.
- Places to eat and drink are quite sparse, there are not as many places to stop for food drink as you would expect. Fill up when see somewhere. eg: Market, Toilet block in village.
- We took the Eastern route which is shorter and gives you more time if doing this over a weekend. This also has the advantage of coinciding with nice campsites.
What to take ‘Kitlist’
- Mountain bike, hybrid or racing bike in good working order (serviced regularly)
- Repair kit – inner tube, levers, patches, and pump
- Bike Rack – for pannier bags, water, shopping and camping kit
- Pannier bags – Worth the investment, they last forever and will protect all your kit
- Trainers or SPD shoes – that fit the pedals well
- Bike shorts, or hard wearing shorts
- Food – eg: Snack bars, energy gels, packet soups, sauces, rice.
- First aid kit
- Water container(s) – camelbak or 2 litre container
- Waterproofs – Jacket and trousers, not just useful for when cycling
- Bike lights and headtorch – Depending on time of year, it may get dark as you are finishing the day
- Camping Kit – If you choose to camp, take a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, ground sheet
- Cooking bits – stove, pans, utensils, plate(s), detergent
- Once you think you are ready – get all your kit together and do a few day trips out in your local area – to see how prepared your bike is for the trip, but more importantly whether you are fit enough!