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

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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


Beds4Cyclists, worth visiting and infrastructure

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154 km
0,2 km
23 m

GB-SL4 Windsor


Heritage building(s)

Windsor Castle
St John the Baptistʹs parish, Windsor
Guildhall, Windsor

Windsor and Eton are twin towns, in Berkshire, in the South East of England, separated by the River Thames and joined by Windsor Bridge.

Windsor is an ancient town most famous for its castle, construction of which began in 1075, and which is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. The royal standard flies from the keep of the Castle when the Queen is in residence.

Eton is a smaller town, dominated by Eton College, the ancient public (US English:private) school which educates many of England's establishment (especially those who go on to become politicians, judges and diplomats).


These places to see are all within the central area of Windsor or within Eton just across Windsor Bridge. They are all within easy walking distance of each other, the main shopping center and both railway stations.

  • Windsor Castle +44 20 7766-7304. Daily (for exceptions see website) 9:45AM-5:15PM (4.15PM Nov-Feb). The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and still an official royal residence. Much of the castle, including the magnificent State Apartments and St Georges Chapel are visitable. The apartments are furnished with some of the finest works of art from the royal collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto and Gainsborough. Standard: Adult £19.20, Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £17.50, Under 17/Disabled £11.30, Under 5 Free, Family £49.70 (2 adults and 3 under 17s). Windsor Castle on Wikipedia 
  • Changing of the Guard, Windsor Castle,  +44 20 7766-7304. Daily or every two days (see website) 11AM (arrive early). The guards are stationed at Victoria Barracks and march up to and from the Castle accompanied by the guards band playing traditional military marches as well as popular songs. Free. 
  • Guildhall, High Street (by Windsor Parish Church). Built by Sir Christopher Wren, it is famous for its pillars, which were insisted on by the towns burgesses, even though Wren insisted they were unnecessary. To make his point, he built the pillars but ensured a gap was left between them and the roof they apparently support. Windsor Guildhall on Wikipedia 
  • Windsor Parish Church, High Street (by the Guildhall). St. John The Baptist, built 1822, replaced earlier Church edifices that stood since 1084 on the site, 80 meters from the Henry VIII gate of Windsor Castle. Peter Scheemakers, famous for his sculptures in Westminster Abbey, created a memorial to Topham Foote or Foot, son of Samuel Foote and Arabella Topham Foote, that greets visitors using the High Street entrance. The memorial includes the young man's bust and the Foote crest. A second Scheemakers' memorial honors Topham Foote's mother and her second husband Thomas Reeve. Most tourists consider The Last Supper by Francis Cleyn a must-view. The painting and the frame were fully restored in 2003 under the leadership of Churchwarden Michael Harding. George III gave the painting and frame to Windsor Parish Church after it hung nearly a century in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. 
  • Eton College, Eton,  +44 1753 671177. March-early October, see website. See School Yard and the College Chapel (building started in 1441 and one of the finest examples of fifteenth century Perpendicular Gothic architecture). Walk around their extensive playing fields some of which are adjacent to the River Thames. Opening hours vary depending on time of year and school term; see 'Visits to Eton' topic on the Eton College website or see the website above. £3.45-£4.20. 
  • Brocas Meadows, Eton. Just across Windsor Bridge. These attractive meadows offer a spectacular view across the river of Windsor and the Castle. Free.


  • French Brothers Boat Tour (river trip), Windsor Promenade, Windsor,  +44 1753 851900. Easter-October M-Su every half hour (2 hour trips at 1:30PM and 2:30PM). Run 40 minute and 2 hour trips, principally up-river and with views of Windsor Castle, Eton College, Brocas Meadows, Windsor Racecourse, Bray Film Studios (2 hour trip only) and Monkey Island (2 hour trip only). £4.50-£7 (adult); £2.25-£3.50. 
  • Salters Steamers Boat Tour (river trip), Thames Side, Windsor,  +44 1865 243421. May-Sep M,Th,F 9AM&2:30PM (Staines trips); May-Sep Tu,W 9:15AM&2:15PM (Maidenhead trips). Run half-day trips down-river to Staines and up-river to Maidenhead. £7 (adult); £3.50 (child). 
  • Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor,  +44 1753 498400. Accessible on race days by the X77 shuttle bus from Windsor & Eton Riverside station (round trip £3) or boat shuttle from Thames Promenade (round trip £6). Day and evening meetings throughout the year; visit website or contact telephone number above for details. £6-£18. 
  • Theatre Royale, Thames Street, Windsor,  +44 1753 853888. Excellent, medium sized Victorian theatre, that always has a variety of touring productions, with a host of well known British actors.

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374 km
0,3 km
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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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406 km
0,2 km
23 m

GB-DA11 0TA Gravesham


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420 km
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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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435 km
0,3 km
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GB-ME8 8BE Gillingham


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