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AMR Ziggurat London to Compiegne

UK, France Cycle
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About the Challenge

We ride through the leafy lanes of southeast England before crossing the Channel and riding through northern France, tracing some of the region’s most significant World War One & World War Two battle sites touring the national Allied memorials to the French, Canadian, Australian, Indian and British fallen. The towns of Arras and Saint Quinten also featured heavily during this period but now provide us with beautiful town squares to spend the evening. Our route finishes in the Glade of the Armistice, a fitting ending to a poignant tour.

AMR Ziggurat London to Compiegne

  • An early start sees us pass through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads. It is not long before we are among the rolling fields and villages of rural Kent, passing orchards and traditional oast houses where hops are stored. We follow country roads across the hills of the North Downs to Dover and the coast. Taking the ferry to Dunkirk, we have dinner on board and cycle the short distance to our hotel. Night hotel.

    (Dinner on ferry not included)

    Cycle approx. 136km (85 miles)

  • After a hearty breakfast we head south east from Dunkirk to Ypres and Menin Gate. After stopping and reflecting on the significance of the memorial to the missing soldiers of the Commonwealth, we continue our journey south through the picturesque flat landscapes of Belgium crossing back into France at Armentières. Our journey this afternoon holds a huge amount of World War One history, as we visit memorials including those dedicated to Indian soldiers at Neuve Chapelle; the world's largest French military cemetery of Notre Dame de Lorette, and the Vimy Ridge Memorial dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members on the outskirts of Arras. By the end of First World War, Arras was so heavily damaged that three quarters had to be rebuilt. The reconstruction was extremely costly, yet it proved to be a success and allowed the cityto expand and the town centre lays testament to the quality of work undertaken. Night hotel.

    Cycle approx. 14km (89 miles)

  • Today’s route takes us south, along country roads which roll through farmland and woodland. Passing through picturesque hamlets and small towns, it’s hard to picture this peaceful countryside scene was once dominated by the First World War. This morning’s first stop is at Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, the main memorial to the lost British soldiers who gave their lives during the battles of the Somme between 1916 and 1918. We continue to the Somme, crossing it at Corbie,before stopping to visit the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux where we can view an incredible panoramic ofthe region of the Somme. We then follow the Somme east to our overnight stop in Saint Quentin. Night hotel.

    Cycle approx. 132km (82 miles)

  • Our final days riding take us south out of Saint Quentin. We follow the Oise River for most of the morning, which makes for some scenic and flat riding – a welcome relief from 3 full days in the saddle. We have lunch next to Tracy-le-Mont Cemetery before heading to the Glade of the Armistice on the outskirts of Compiègne. The memorial was built at the location where the Germans signed the Armistice of 11 November 1918 that ended World War One. During World War Two, Adolf Hitler chose the same spot for the French and Germans to sign the Armistice of 22 June 1940. Today, the Glade of the Armistice contains a statue of Marshal Ferdinand Foch, the World War I French military leader and Allied supreme commander, along with the reconstructed Alsace-Lorraine Memorial, depicting a German Eagle impaled by a sword. From the Glade it’s a short ride into Compiègne where we finish this memorable tour.

    Cycle approx. 113km (70 miles)


  • We have a morning transfer to Lille to catch the Eurostar to St Pancras.

    (Lunch & Dinner not included)

Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £25 Fundraising target £1,800 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

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Detailed Information

  • Accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis in hotels convenient to our route. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller in a shared room.

    There may be a limited number of single rooms subject to request, on a first-come first-served basis, after you have booked. Extra charges will apply.

  • Accommodation is usually in well-located, comfortable 2-3* hotel(s); standards are generally very good though there may be some variation.

  • We like to support local businesses and will source food locally. Lunches will be in restaurants along the route and dinners are usually eaten at the hotel. Do make sure you eat enough to give you the energy for your exertions. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply.
  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support crew, including mechanics. Our leaders are selected for their knowledge and experience, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises; they are also trained in first aid. The crew will have mobile phones and/or radios where appropriate, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary.

    The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s transporting your luggage, ensuring your route is well-marked, making you lunch and sorting out any mechanical problems. Support vehicles are with the group all of the time, and carry all luggage and spares.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

  • Your website talks about Open and Bespoke Challenges, what is the difference?

    Open Challenges are trips featured in our Brochure, they are made up of groups of people fundraising for different charities but all with one thing in common – pushing limits and doing something worthwhile. These types of trips offer you three different payment methods – fundraising, self payment but donate all funds raised to charity, and self payment requiring no fundraising. Our Bespoke Challenges are those that we have been invited by a particular charity to organise for a group of their fundraisers.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • Travel Insurance is compulsory on our challenges; we strongly suggest that you arrange insurance cover as soon as your booking with us is confirmed. Should you need to cancel on medical grounds, you will need insurance to cover the costs involved (registration fee and any trip costs depending on cancellation date). 

    You should also ensure that you have adequate cover for the type of challenge you are taking part in as well as medical emergencies, evacuation and repatriation.

    You can obtain a quote with Insure to Travel from our website here, or you may choose to take out your own travel insurance, just remember to let us know the policy number and emergency phone number!

    For more information about travel insurance, please click here.


Trips are graded Yellow, Orange or Red, in increasing level of challenge. This trip lies within the ORANGE range.

Orange colour

The grade is determined by factors such as terrain, distance, climate, altitude, etc. Each colour grade has a spectrum which reflects the difficulty of these factors; trip duration, accommodation and living conditions (see icon) are also taken into account. 

Trip grading explained


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