L’Avenue Verte London – Paris, a cycling route in Normandie
If you like bicycling as much as I like it then you should definitely try the Avenue Verte in Normandie. Actually, Avenue Verte is a part of a very ambitious project which, once it is completed, will connect two capitals by cycling route. Isn’t it great? Imagine, you leave your house in London with your bike and a backpack, you bike among English emerald fields until Newhaven where you take a ferry to Dieppe and then continue on your bike again through the fields, apple farms, medieval castles and blossoming gardens until Paris.
What I really like about French people, that they are in love with their country and want to share the beauty of France with other people. The “France velo tourism” project has collected in one place the information on all cycling routes, accompanied by the maximum of useful information: the maps and itinerary, hotels , restaurants, bike repairing shops and points of interest along the way. All information is up-to-date and provided in both French and English.
In July 2015 me and my parents did a part of 465-km long route, called Avenue Verte London <> Paris. We rented our bikes in Epinay village and biked to Neufchâtel-en-Bray and back. In total it was about 28 km in a very moderate pace. One day, I hope, I will be able to make all 465 km from London to Paris. It must be fantastic!
Going downhill Epinay village to the cycling route.
Cycling route laid far from highways and motorways so nothing disturbed us.
The first stop was made in Mesnieres-en-Bray village. Look at these picturesque church and the Renaissance castle – is it possible to by-pass them?
If you wish you may visit the castle and its gardens.
We are back to Epinay. Enjoying rosé and cold beer in a cafe with the view on the church. We spent two hours cycling and that was great pleasure to bike among this beautiful region.
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