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Cycle Tour England - France - Catalonia - Italy - Switzerland | June/July 2016

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Elevation profile Cycle Tour England - France - Catalonia - Italy - Switzerland | June/July 2016RomseyWinchesterWindsor and EtonLondon/GreenwichRochesterCanterburyDeal CastleBéthuneCité souterraine de NaoursAmiensBeauvaisChâteau de Maisons-LaffitteTour EiffelToulouseBramNarbonnePerpignanTossa de MarÉcluses de FonserannesBéziersAgdeSèteMontpellierSalins dʹAigues-MortesÉglise abbatiale deSaint-Gilles du GardArlesBeaucaireLes Baux-de-ProvenceMoustiers-Sainte-MarieCathédrale Saint-Léonce de FréjusAntibesMonacoMentonDolceacquaZuccarelloMondovìCuneoTorino Old TownCastelnuovo Don BoscoAsti centro storicoCasale MonferratoVercelliNovaraCastello di BarengoBorgomaneroOrta San GiulioDomodossolaSanta Maria MaggioreBellinzonaGotthardpassEisgrotte im RhonegletscherGruyères/GreyerzVeveyChâteau de ChillonParisChâteau de VersaillesBoulogne-sur-MerDover020040060080010001200140016001800200022002400260005010015020025030035040045050055060065070075080085090095010001050110011501200125013001350140014501500155016001650170017501800185019001950200020502100215022002250230023502400245025002550260026502700275028002850290029503000305031003150320032503300335034003450350035503600365037003750380038503900395040004050410041504200425043004350440044504500455046004650470047504800485049004950500050505100515052005250530053505400545055005550560056505700575058005850590059506000

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Start location

East Dorset, England, GB (31 m NHN)

End location

Cambridge, England, GB (14 m NHN)



From Ferndown to Cambridge, following in most parts the National Cycle Network (route 23 around Winchester, route 6 in North East London, route 11 after Cambridge, and route 1 from North London to Dover).


From Boeschepe to Paris, via Amiens, Beauvais and Pontoise, following the Avenue verte Paris-London from Pontoise.

From Toulouse to Port-la-Nouvelle, via Lastours, Minerve, Narbonne and Gruissan, following the Canal du Midi and canal de la Robine in parts.

From Perpignan to Le Perthus, following the Pirinexus cycle route from Le Boulou.

From Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste to Menton, following mostly the EuroVelo 8, via Béziers, Montpellier, Arles, Tarascon, Les-Baux-de-Provence, Martigues, Aix-en-Provence, les gorges du Verdon, Draguignan, Fréjus, Antibes, Nice, Monaco.

In the Hautes-Alpes, following the local signed routes.


From La Jonquera to Sant Feliu de Guixols, and from Girona to Molló, following the Pirinexus cycle route.

From Sant Feliu de Guixols to Barcelona, through the coastal road between Sant Feliu and Lloret de Mar and via Monistrol de Montserrat.


From Ventimiglia to Casale Monferrato following mostly the EuroVelo 8 (as per the route proposed on this website), then following mostly the Locarno-Imperia route (proposed by the user ihmuc on this website) up to Locarno in Switzerland.


From Locarno to Hospental, following National cycle route 3.

From Hospental to Gletsch, following National cycle route 1.

From Gletsch to Spiez, following National cycle route 8.

From Spiez to Montreux, following National cycle route 9.

From Montreux to St-Gingolph, following Regional cycle route 46.

All the routes in this country are very well signposted:)

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My former home to my new home:)


Ferry Dover-Calais/Dunkirk (DFDS Seaways, 27€)

Train Paris - Toulouse (SNCF Intercités, 35€, bike reservation compulsory)

Regional train Barcelona - Girona (Rodalies de Catalunya R11, 8.40€)

Train Annemasse - Veynes (SNCF TER)

Train Embrun - Paris (SNCF Intercités de nuit, 45€, bike reservation compulsory)

Train Paris - Boulogne-sur-Mer (SNCF Intercités, 19€)

Train Folkestone - Cambridge (Southeastern/Abellio Greater Anglia, £21.70, change in London from St Pancras to Liverpool St)

Sources of information


And of course!



With Jose at the start of the tour in Ringwood

156 km

Ferndown - Burnham

With Paula and Thierry in Burnham

139 km

Burnham - Cambridge

Mathematical bridge, Cambridge

159 km

Cambridge - Gillingham

Dover Castle

122 km

Gillingham - Dover

With Christine and Christian in Saleux

135 km

Boeschepe - Saleux

Eglise dʹAuvers-sur-Oise

147 km

Saleux - St-Ouen-LʹAumône

Château de Maisons

54 km

St-Ouen-LʹAumône - Suresnes


12 km

Suresnes - Paris

Capitole, Toulouse

5 km


Canal du Midi

94 km

Toulouse - Carcassonne


58 km

Carcassonne - Cesseras


57 km

Cesseras - Narbonne


67 km

Narbonne - Port-la-Nouvelle

Le Perthus

109 km

Perpignan - LʹEscala

Beautiful coastal road

146 km

LʹEscala - Cardedeu

Amazing Montserrat

124 km

Cardedeu - Barcelona

Sunset in the Pyrénées

98 km

Girona - Ripoll


103 km

Ripoll - Llauro


146 km

Llauro - Béziers


115 km

Béziers - Castelnau-le-Lez


124 km

Castelnau-le-Lez to Tarascon

Les Beaux-de-Provence

125 km

Tarascon - Vitrolles


118 km

Vitrolles - Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Le Verdon

99 km

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie - Draguignan

Massif de lʹEsterel

112 km

Draguignan - Nice

Castel Vittorio

115 km

Nice - Carpasio

Fiat 500 Club Italia Meeting, Garlenda

148 km

Carpasio - Mondovi


129 km

Mondovi - Turin


103 km

Turin - Asti

Vignale Monferrato, Piedmont

156 km

Asti - Pombia


119 km

Pombia - Re


144 km

Re - Airolo

Col du Saint-Gothard

112 km

Airolo - Bönigen


85 km

Bönigen - Saanen


121 km

Saanen - Lugrin


65 km

Lugrin - Annemasse


29 km

Veynes - Gap

Pic de Morgon

75 km

Gap - Les Orres

La Durance

82 km

Les Balcons de la Durance

Lac de Serre-Ponçon

81 km

La route des Puys

La Défense

13 km

Paris - Puteaux


74 km

Boucle Puteaux - Dampierre-en-Yvelines


9 km

Puteaux - Paris


44 km

Boulogne-sur-Mer - Calais


18 km

Dover - Folkestone


5 km

London St. Pancras - Liverpool Street


6 km


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GB-SO51 8EF Romsey


Heritage building(s)

Romsey Abbey Church
Romsey Abbey Church
Broadlands House
Broadlands House
King Johnʹs House, Romsey
King Johnʹs House, Romsey
Sadlerʹs Mill, Romsey
Sadlerʹs Mill, Romsey

Romsey (/ˈrɒmzi/ ROM-zee) is a historic market town in the county of Hampshire, England. Romsey was home to the 17th-century philosopher and economist William Petty and the 19th-century British prime minister, Lord Palmerston, whose statue has stood in the town centre since 1857. The town was also home to the 20th-century naval officer and statesman Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who lived at Broadlands Wikipedia Icon. Notable buildings include a 13th-century hunting lodge, an 18th-century coaching inn and the 19th-century Corn Exchange.

Romsey is one of the principal towns in the Test Valley Wikipedia Icon Borough and lies on the River Test Wikipedia Icon, which is known for fly fishing, predominantly trout. As of 2019, the town centre is undergoing substantial remodelling, with the stated aim of improving access for pedestrians and cyclists. Hampshire County Council expect the work to be complete in the summer of 2019.


  • Romsey Abbey Wikipedia Icon is a parish church of the Church of England in Romsey. Until the dissolution it was the church of a Benedictine nunnery. It is the largest parish church in the county.

    The church was originally built during the 10th century, as part of a Benedictine foundation. The surviving church is the town's outstanding feature, which is all the more remarkable because the abbey, as a nunnery, would have been less well financially endowed than other religious establishments of the time.

  • Broadlands is an 18th-century country house located just outside the town centre. It was designed in the Palladian style by the famous architect Capability Brown before being completed by Henry Holland in 1788. It has had a number of illustrious occupants, including Lord Palmerston and Louis Mountbatten. Broadlands has been the setting of two royal honeymoons, namely those of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1947 and then Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981. The house itself is a Grade I listed building and the surrounding gardens are Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Both are open to visitors on weekday afternoons in summer.
  • King John's House is a 13th-century building that allegedly served as a hunting lodge for King John when he hunted in the nearby New Forest Wikipedia Icon. This is unlikely, however, since it was built in 1256 and therefore 40 years after the king's death, though there is evidence that the beams were reused from an earlier structure. The original building and adjoining Tudor cottage have a number of unusual historical features, including 14th-century wall decorations and graffiti, a floor made from cattle metapodials, and a traditional monastic garden. Locals claim the house is haunted, with the Hampshire Ghost Society encountering a shrouded figure during their investigations between 2002 and 2008. The house is a Grade I listed building.
  • The White Horse Hotel is a Grade II listed, 18th-century coaching inn whose timber frames date back to the 1450s. Its medieval stone cellars indicate that the site may have hosted guests to Romsey Abbey as early as the 12th century. The existing assembly rooms are said to be where Lord Palmerston first engaged in political debate in the early 1800s. The building housed a hotel and brasserie, which until 2019, was owned and operated by Silks Hotels.
  • The existence of Sadler's Mill Wikipedia Icon, the only mill to be developed on the main course of the River Test, is first recorded in the 16th century, when it functioned as a corn and grist mill. It was at one time owned by Lord Palmerston and later the Broadlands estate before passing to various private owners. Milling ceased in 1932 and the building was left derelict for many years until its restoration in 2005. Carbon dating during this restoration placed the earlier structure in the mid-17th century. It is a Grade II listed building.

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GB-SO23 9SU Winchester




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GB-SO23 0HJ Winchester




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GB-SO23 9LF Winchester


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Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral
Nave of Winchester Cathedral
Nave of Winchester Cathedral
Hospital of St Cross, Winchester
Hospital of St Cross, Winchester
Great Hall, Winchester Castle
Great Hall, Winchester Castle

Winchester is an historic cathedral city in the English county of Hampshire within the South East region. Erstwhile capital of England, it was from here that Alfred the Great governed the newly unified country. Visitors appreciate Winchester first and foremost for its cathedral, but also for its other ancient buildings, its medieval centre, its markets and museums.


Winchester has a long history: there has been continuous settlement on the site for over 2,000 years.

Winchester began as a Celtic hill fort, pre-dating the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 CE. After the Roman conquest, the town grew and became known as Venta Belgarum. After prospering under Roman imperial rule for several centuries, Winchester discovered a new identity as an important Saxon city. King Alfred the Great named Winchester as the capital, first of the Kingdom of Wessex and later all of England south of the Danelaw - despite the growing importance of London Wikivoyage Icon, it remained so until the Norman invasion of 1066. During the Middle Ages, Winchester was renowned for its woollen goods, among other produce.

Winchester is now an attractive and peaceful cathedral city deep in the southern English countryside, close to London and Southampton Wikivoyage Icon.


Winchester's city centre is known for its narrow pedestrian streets and overhanging medieval buildings. Besides the cathedral, the main landmark is the Statue of King Alfred the Great, first king and nominal founder England. Nearby is the Victorian Guild Hall, which hosts many events throughout the year. Also of special interest are the Pentice, a group of old shops arcaded at the front, and the Butter Cross, dating back to the 15th century and built with a tax levied on people caught eating butter during Lent. The River Itchen, a crystal clear chalk stream, flows through multiple channels in central Winchester, seemingly just to surprise visitors by its tinkling presence at every turn.

  • Church of St. Swithun upon Kingsgate, Saint Swithun Street, SO23 9JP (perched atop the arch of the Kingsgate, one of the two surviving city gates). Open during daylight hours except for occasional services. This was once a not uncommon position for a place of worship in England, but St. Swithun's is the only one remaining today. The interior of this tiny church is very plain, with whitewashed walls and an unadorned wooden ceiling. Sit for a moment in the simple wooden pews and it is hard not to feel a sense of peace. Free (but donations gratefully accepted). Wikipedia Icon (updated Jun 2015)
  • Winchester Cathedral, 9 The Close, SO23 9LS, +44 1962 853224. M–Sa 9:30AM–6PM; 12:30PM–3PM (restricted access during services). A Norman cathedral begun in 1079, containing the Winchester Bible and featuring the longest Gothic nave in the world. The cathedral was built on rafts floating on a peat marsh! For 800 years the raft was able to carry the weight but, by the 19th century, the cathedral was in danger of collapse and the foundations were rebuilt by a diver working underwater; look out for the statue and story of this "Winchester Diver" if you visit. The cathedral is the venue for regular recitals and concerts, and hosts Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's Summer Series. The famous English novelist Jane Austen died in Winchester in 1817 and is buried in the cathedral. A statue by British artist Anthony Gormley is to be found, somewhat unexpectedly, in the crypt of the cathedral. Hidden away in cathedral Close is the Dean Garnier Garden, which offers splendid views of the cathedral. Pay special attention to the stonework, and how the medieval builders suffered from problems with subsidence. Adults £7.50; concessions £5.50; students £4; under 16s free. The Tower Tour and Audio Tour cost an additional £6 and £3 respectively. Wikipedia Icon (updated Jun 2015)
  • Winchester City Mill, Bridge Street, SO23 0EJ, +44 1962 870057. Opening hours are typical of the National Trust - that is to say, very complicated - but in brief, the mill is open Mar–Oct: Sa Su 11AM–4PM and much more often in summer; see full details here. Owned by the National Trust, this old water mill has been fully restored. You can visit the working areas and a rather exciting walkway under the mill almost at river level. The building also houses the Winchester Youth Hostel (see 'Sleep'). Adults £2; Children £1; National Trust members free. Wikipedia Icon 
  • Winchester College, College Street, +44 1962 621100. Visit by guided tour only, which run several times most days of the year; see full details here. One of England's independent (fee-paying) schools, founded in 1382 and believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country. Guided tours are available, lasting approximately 1 hour and include Chamber Court; the Gothic Chapel with its 14th-century vaulted roof; College Hall; the 17th-century red brick schoolroom built in the style of Christopher Wren; the original cloister. Adults £7; Concessions £6; Under 12s free. Wikipedia Icon 
  • Winchester Great Hall and King Arthur's Round Table (The Castle), Castle Avenue, SO23 8PJ, +44 1962 846476. Daily 10AM–5PM, closed Dec 25–26. The only remaining part of Winchester Castle is the Great Hall, built in the 13th century by Henry III. This is the home of King Arthur's Round Table, now thought to be a fake commissioned by Henry VIII. Free; donations encouraged. Wikipedia Icon 
  • Wolvesey Castle, +44 1962 854766. Open Apr–Sep 10AM–5PM. This palace was the chief residence of the Bishops of Winchester and its extensive ruins still reflect their importance and wealth. Free. Wikipedia Icon 
  • Hospital of St Cross, St Cross Rd, (1 mile south of city centre; grid reference SU476277), +44 1962 878218. The Hospital of St Cross was founded in the 1130s by Bishop Henry of Blois to accommodate thirteen poor men and is still home to 25 Brothers, whose apartments form one side of the historic quadrangle. The chapel is an unspoiled example of the period during which Norman architecture transitions into Gothic. The Hospital has a long tradition of hospitality and now offers refreshment to visitors in the restored Hundred Men's Hall. The traditional Wayfarer's Dole is still given at the Porter's Gate to all travellers who request it. Accessible by road, by a half-hour walk along the River Itchen (from City Mill; signposted), or by Solent Blue Line bus 47 (buses run twice per hour M-Sa and once per hour on Su; see Get around above for bus company details; alight at the Bell Inn). Open any reasonable hour. Free. Wikipedia Icon (updated Jan 2018)
Museums and galleries
  • Westgate Museum, High Street, SO23 9AP, +44 1962 869864. Late Feb–Mar: Sa 10AM–4PM, Su noon–4PM; Apr–Oct: Sa–Su 10AM–5PM; Nov–Late Feb closed. The other of the two surviving medieval gateways. Interesting graffiti carved into the walls and floor from its use as a debtor's prison from the 16th–18th centuries. Contains unique collection of the city's weights and measures, including the Winchester bushel and the standard yard of Henry VII's reign. Displays also include a fine ceiling from Winchester College painted to celebrate Queen Mary I and Phillip of Spain's marriage in 1554. Also armour, gibbet, leg-irons. A rooftop viewing platform gives great views down the High Street. Brass rubbing. Children's quiz. Free. Wikipedia Icon (updated Jun 2015)
  • Winchester City Museum, The Square, SO23 9ES, +44 1962 863064. Apr–Oct: M–Sa 10AM–5PM, Su noon–5PM; Nov–Mar: Tu–Sa 10AM–4PM, Su noon–4PM. A family-friendly council-run museum which tells the story of Winchester from the Iron Age to the present day. Multilingual audioguides and hands-on children's activities are available. Free.

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