Four Point Mapping have recently completed a project with Excellent Books and Sustrans to create a guide book to the Avenue Verte cycle route between London and Paris. This is the first English guide to this route and includes maps, directions, accommodation information and other more general detail about transport and tourist attractions. It is a handy size to fit into a bar bag and has spiral binding.
The route itself starts at the London Eye, follows NCN4 past Tate Britain and crosses the River Thames on Chelsea Bridge. It then heads south through Clapham and Wandsworth Commons to join the Wandle Trail at Earlsfield. It follows the Wandle Trail to the outskirts of London, traverses the North Downs, passes Redhill, Horley and Crawley before heading east on the Worth and Forest Ways (NCN21) past East Grinstead and Groombridge. It then heads south through the East Sussex countryside to Newhaven on the coast.
It uses the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe and then follows former railway lines to Forges-les-Eaux. There are two route options north of Paris. The western option is shorter and follows the Epte valley to St Germain on the Seine. The eastern option goes via Beauvais and Senlis and then follows the Oise valley to rejoin the western route at St Germain on the Seine.
The route into Paris follows the Seine and the Canal St Denis to end at Notre Dame.
The maps in the guide are at three different scales to suit the area the route goes through. There is detailed 1:10,000 scale mapping for the urban areas such as the city centres, and other towns that the route goes through. The suburbs of Paris and London are mapped at 1:25,000, and the rural parts of the route are mapped at 1:100,000.
Maps for the English part of the route were created using data from Ordnance Survey OpenData datasets, however the French side was more tricky as the OS haven’t got round to mapping France yet. We opted for data sourced from OpenStreetMap, which caused a few technical headaches (especially the contours), but in the end proved easy to work with.
The guide book is available through all good bookshops and online at http://shop.sustrans.org.uk/products/6353-avenue-verte–london-to-paris-by-bike