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Cycle Route EuroVelo: Via Romea Francigena

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Elevation profile Cycle Route EuroVelo: Via Romea Francigena

Added on 05 Oct 2011,

on 29 Aug 2019

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Start location

London, England, GB (9 m NHN)

End location

Pavia, Lombardy, IT (71 m NHN)

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Connecting cycle path

The Italien part of the route can be found on EuroVelo: Via Romea Francigena - part Italy.


For the Via Romea Francigena (EuroVelo 5) there is still no official GPS track for the whole itinerary. This route is composed of

  • UK
    • EV5
  • France
    • EV5
  • Belgium
    • in Wallonia as recorded at RAVEL
    • in Bruxells on existing cycle routes
  • Luxembourg
    • EV5
  • back in France
    • EV5
  • Germany
    • EV5
  • back in France
    • EV5
  • Switzerland
    • EV5
  • in Italy
    • from Como to Pavia using local cycle routes or on minor roads

The route can be considered resolved in UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Lorraine/Alsace and in Switzerland. The signpostings are likely to represent only the signpostings of the routes in the respective countries.

Beds4Cyclists, worth visiting and infrastructure

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4 km
0,3 km
15 m

GB-SE10 London/Greenwich


Heritage building(s)/World heritage site

Old Royal Naval College
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
O2 Arena, near to Blackwall Tunnel, Greenwich

Greenwich is the famous maritime district of south east London and features several popular attractions.

Greenwich town centre lies at the west end of the larger Royal Borough of Greenwich, which also includes Eltham and Woolwich. North Greenwich is a separate district and includes the O2 Arena.


Greenwich is a district of great historic importance and Maritime Greenwich is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Nearby Blackheath is a leafy area of grand historic homes.

In 2012, Greenwich became a Royal Borough.


Although far from central London, Greenwich is the home of several interesting tourist attractions. The combination of Greenwich Park, the Royal Observatory, the Queens House and the Royal Naval College make up Maritime Greenwich, which is a site on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  • The Cutty Sark, King William Walk (Adjacent to Greenwich Pier),  +44 20 8858-3445. 10:00-17:00, closed 24-26 Dec. A preserved tea and wool clipper built in 1869 which set the record for passage from Australia under sail. The ship was badly damaged by fire on 21 May 2007, but thankfully much of the ship's infrastructure had been removed at the time since a conservation project was underway. The site reopened in 2012 with changes to the display of the ship including raising it so that visitors can see the underneath. £13.50. Cutty Sark on Wikipedia 
  • The Fan Museum, 12 Croom's Hill, SE10 8ER (DLR: Cutty Sark/Greenwich),  +44 20 8305-1441. Tu–Sa 11:00–17:00; Su 12:00–17:00. The world's largest fan museum, for those who are big fans of fans. £4 (adults) & £3 (children 7–16 yrs). Fan Museum on Wikipedia 
  • Greenwich Park. 06:00-sunset. Situated on a hill rising up from Greenwich town centre, the park offers impressive views from the hilltop across the River Thames to Docklands and the City of London. The park also provides a setting for several historic buildings, including the Royal Observatory, the old Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House. Free. Greenwich Park on Wikipedia 
  • The National Maritime Museum, Romney Rd, SE10 9NF (DLR: Cutty Sark),  +44 20 8858-4422. 10:00-17:00, closed 24-26 Dec. Contains the UK's national collection of Maritime artefacts (although do not expect much in the way of whole ships). One of the buildings housing the museum is the Queens House, built by Inigo Jones as the first Palladian building in England. Free. National Maritime Museum on Wikipedia 
  • The Royal Observatory, Flamsteed House (In middle of Greenwich Park),  +44 20 8858-4422. 10:00-17:00, closed 24-26 Dec. The home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian line, this is one of the most important historic scientific sites in the world. It was founded by Charles II in 1675 and is, by international decree, the official starting point for each new day, year and millennium (at the stroke of midnight GMT as measured from the Prime Meridian). Now a detached part of the National Maritime Museum, it houses an impressive display and a recently-built planetarium. There are several different star shows per day and are well worth the money, especially as it's now the only celestial performance of its kind around, after the London Planetarium completely converted to Madame Tussauds. Free for entry to the observatory, £7 entrance for the Meridian Line and Flamsteed House, planetarium shows separate, £4.50-6.50 (combined tickets available). Royal Observatory, Greenwich on Wikipedia (updated May 2015)
  • The Royal Naval College, Old Royal Naval College, 2 Cutty Sark Gdns, SE10 9NN,  +44 20 8269-4747. Painted Hall and Chapel 10:00-17:00, closed 24-26 Dec. Built by Christopher Wren in 1694 as the Greenwich Hospital for the relief and support of seamen and their dependents and for the improvement of navigation. It became the Royal Naval College in 1869, and recently the University of Greenwich and Trinity College of Music have moved in. Best known for its Painted Hall, with elaborate ceiling and wall paintings executed by Sir James Thornhill between 1707 and 1726. Free. Royal Naval College, Greenwich on Wikipedia 
  • Ranger's House, Chesterfield Walk, SE10 8QX,  +44 20 8294-2548. At Blackheath, the Ranger's House maintains a large ceramic collection. adults £6.70, children £4.00, concessions £6.00. Ranger's House on Wikipedia 
  • Emirates Aviation Experience, Emirates Aviation Experience, Edmund Halley Way, London SE10 0FR (Next to the Greenwich Peninsula terminal of the Emirates AirLine),  +44 20 3440 7021 (Monday-Friday), +44 20 3475 8299 (Saturday-Sunday). Winter 10:00 - 18:00, Summer 10:00 - 19:00. For families and aviation enthusiasts, Emirates has created an interactive exhibition about how their A380 planes operate. Upgraded tickets are available that give up to 4 people the opportunity to experience a flight simulator in either an A380 or B777 cockpit. There is also an on-site cafe and souvenir shop. 


  • The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX (tube:North Greenwich),  +44 20 8463-2000. 09:00–01:00 (last admission). The former Millennium Dome has been transformed into a major entertainment complex consisting of a large arena which plays host to a number of world class perfomers, a cinema which includes the largest screen in the UK, and numerous bars and restaurants. The O2 on Wikipedia 
  • Blackheath Heath Fireworks Display +44 20 8314-7321. Every Guy Fawkes night (5th of November) Lewisham council put on a spectacular free fireworks display. In the past few years crowds of over 100,000 have amassed, so arrive early to secure a good spot. The heath also hosts funfairs and circus at various times of the year. Free.
  • Greenwich Picturehouse, 180 Greenwich High Rd, SE10 8NN (tube: Cutty Sark/Greenwich),  +44 871 902 5732. Tends to show art-house films. The large Odeon multiplex has 18-screens, but is located a bit out-of-the way, at Bugsby Way, on the way to the O2 Arena. 
  • Greenwich Theatre, Croom's Hill, SE10 8ES (tube: Cutty Sark/Greenwich),  +44 20 8858-7755.
  • St. Alfege Church, Greenwich Church St, SE10 9BJ (tube: Cutty Sark),  +44 20 8853-0687. A beautiful Baroque church designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor (and is rumoured to have links with Occultists, Freemasons and such-like). Hosts classical music concerts and organ recitals. Its Christmas choir is enjoyable also. St Alfege Church, Greenwich on Wikipedia 

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49 km
0,4 km
23 m

GB-DA11 0TA Gravesham


Bike Lockers

8 bike lockers available.


67 km
0,1 km
22 m

GB-ME1 1JY Rochester


Heritage building(s)

Rochester Castle
Rochester Cathedral
Rochester High Street

Rochester is a small cathedral city on the River Medway in the north of the English county of Kent. Together with its neighbouring towns of Chatham and Gillingham it forms a large urban area known as the Medway Towns.


  • Rochester Cathedral. The second-oldest cathedral foundation in England, after Canterbury. Rochester Cathedral on Wikipedia 
  • Rochester Castle, Castle Hill, ME1 1SW,  +44 1634 335882. open daily 10AM–6PM (April–September), 10AM–4PM (October–March), last admission 45 minutes before closing. Recognised as one of the best-preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England, the great keep towering over the River Medway, square, massive and one of the tallest in the country, measures 113 feet high, 70 feet square and has walls 12 feet thick in places. adults £5.80, children £3.70, concessions £3.70. Rochester Castle on Wikipedia
    Rochester Castle was originally a Roman castrum. A new castle was built on a hill near the site on which the castle now stands after the Norman invasion of 1066. This would have been a wooden motte and bailey type castle. In 1088 the castle came under attack in the conflict between William Rufus and Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. After William the Conqueror died in 1087 Normandy was split. Odo along with many others supported William's elder brother Robert, Duke of Normandy rather than William Rufus, the Conqueror's younger brother. Odo had control of the castle and it became the headquarters for the rebels. The castle fell to Rufus' army and Odo was forced into exile. Gundulf, the bishop of Rochester, orchestrated the creation of a stone castle alongside the cathedral. Over the centuries the castle was the scene for many conflicts including King John's attempt to regain to castle from rebellious Barons and, in 1264, Simon de Montfort's rebellion.
  • By the 17th century, the castle had become neglected, the keep had been burned out, and the site was being used as a local quarry for building materials. In 1870 the castle grounds were leased to the City of Rochester, who turned them into a public park and eventually, in the 20th century, responsibility for this imposing old structure was taken over by English Heritage. Today, the castle stands as a proud reminder of the history surrounding the old town of Rochester, along with the cathedral, the cobbled streets and the Dickensian reflections.
  • Upnor Castle, High Street, Upnor, ME2 4XG,  +44 1634 718742. adults £5.80, children £3.70, concessions £3.70. Upnor Castle on Wikipedia 
  • Eastgate House Garden, High St.. Eastgate House was built in late 16th century. The house is not open except for occasional events, but the garden is and has a Swiss chalet where Dickens used to write, moved here in the 1960s. Eastgate House appears in Dicken's books as the Nun's House in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Westgate in Pickwick Papers. Eastgate House, Rochester on Wikipedia 
  • Restoration House, 17-19 Crow Lane, ME1 1RF. Occasional opening. House and formal garden, dating from 1454. The house in still occupied and so is only open occasionally, usually Thurs and Fri in summer. Dickens used this as the basis for Satis House in Great Expectations. £7.50. Restoration House on Wikipedia 
  • Rochester Bridge. The first bridge over the Medway to Strood was built by the Romans in 43AD. The present bridge was built in 1914, with a 1970 extension, and is worth walking across to see the views of the castle. Unusually the bridge is maintained by a charity, the Rochester Bridge Trust using investments from medieval times. There is a small chapel built into the bridge (open a few days per year) which continues a tradition started in 1393. Rochester Bridge on Wikipedia 
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80 km
0,2 km
28 m

GB-ME8 8BE Gillingham


Bike Lockers

10 bike lockers available.


95 km
0,1 km
15 m

GB-ME10 Swale


Bike Lockers

10 bike lockers available.





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