Day 1: St Peter's Hospice to Warminster – approx. 40 miles
We'll be waved off on our adventure from the doors of St Peter's Hospice in Bristol, hopping in the saddle towards Bath. Today's ride is our shortest day but is not without its challenges - as we skirt across the Cotswolds we are faced with some elevation. We continue heading through beautiful English countryside until we arrive at our first overnight stop in the Warminster/Trowbridge area.
Day 2: Warminster to Portsmouth, overnight ferry to Caen – approx. 67 miles
We start today's ride by following the outskirts of Cranbourne Chase AONB and head towards Salisbury. As the day continues, we get much closer to sea level as we head through the village of Romsey and approach the outskirts of Southampton for lunch. The last section of the day is our approach to Portsmouth before we board the evening ferry to Caen.
Day 3: Caen to Evreux – approx. 88 miles
Our ferry docks in the morning and then it's just a short cycle into Caen to enjoy some breakfast. Following breakfast, we jump straight back into the saddle for another great day – remember to stay cycling on the right! Leaving Caen behind, we cycle towards Rouen conquering some rolling French hills. We soon hit our lunch stop just north of Liseux, where a scrumptious buffet lunch is ready and waiting for us! We then continue cycling to Evreux for the night.
Day 4: Evreux to Paris – approx. 71 miles
Our final day in the saddle sees us cycle east towards our goal – the majestic capital Paris! Leaving Evreux we cycle through charming, yet sleepy traditional French towns and villages until we reach our lunch stop near Septeuil, then it's one last final push in the saddle as we race towards our finish line! We stop for the group to re-assemble before we reach the Tower then we ride through as a group finishing our challenge beneath this landmark of Paris! This evening we celebrate our achievements at our celebratory dinner.
After breakfast we are free to enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris. In the early afternoon we'll catch the Eurostar from Gare du Nord back to St Pancras. Bicycles will be transported back in a support vehicle and upon our arrival we'll catch our short transfer back to Bristol for farewell and goodbyes.