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Derwent FM 24 Hour London to Paris

UK, France Cycle
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About the Challenge

Cycling from London to Paris is one of the classic cycle experiences in Europe – and we’ll be doing it non-stop in 24 hours! We pedal through picturesque Kent and Sussex countryside, cross the Channel at Newhaven and continue through the night, passing through the small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France. This is a tough challenge, requiring good fitness, stamina and experience – and a healthy dose of self-belief! We arrive in Paris after more than 200 miles in the saddle – seeing the legendary sight of the Eiffel Tower on the skyline will evoke a real sense of achievement.

Derwent FM 24 Hour London to Paris

  • We meet in the afternoon at Blackheath Common and set off through the busy outskirts of London onto quieter roads. It is not long before we are among rolling fields and villages as we head south. Crossing the North Downs, we tackle our first demanding hills as we ride towards the Kent border, then enjoy a more gently undulating section before the longer climbs of East Sussex. Passing through farmland and small villages on quiet roads lined with hedgerows, we have a predominantly downhill stretch before reaching the South Downs, where a fairly sharp climb takes us over the last hill before the coast! Our last few miles in England take us along the coast towards Newhaven. The light will have faded by now, and we have time for an evening meal before boarding the ferry to Dieppe. On board we have a well-earned rest before we disembark and set off again. We head southeast, leaving the busy port behind and quickly emerge into typical French countryside. Passing a few small villages, we ride through the small, 12th-century town of Neufchatel-en-Bray. Our small roads should be very quiet at this time of night, and we ride on through farmland and pockets of woodland. Apart from an early breakfast stop, we plough on through the darkearly hours of the morning, ticking off the miles towards Paris. As it starts to grow light again, we can appreciate the lovely scenery around us, and we feel newly refreshed and re-motivated! This part of our ride is fairly hilly, though generally the gradients are long and gradual with some well-earned descents, including a wonderfully long downhill stretch of over 10km nearthe town of Sainte-Genevieve. These descents are very welcome as we’ll be feeling very tired, but it’s even more important to stay alert when going downhill! We ride through more peaceful farmland and villages, but they soon give way to busier suburbs as we approach Paris after lunch. Looking out for the distinctive landmarks of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré Coeur standing out on theskyline, we come to the suburb of St. Denis and the River Seine. We follow the river’s southern esplanade as it turns towards the city, and then peel off towards central Paris and the lofty Eiffel Tower, where our finish awaits.We should arrive mid-afternoon, and after celebratory drinks and photos at the Eiffel Tower we’ll head to the hotel where you can rest before gathering together in the evening to celebrate your impressive achievement! Night hotel.

    Cycle approx 335km (208 miles)

  • After breakfast we transfer to the Gare du Nord in good time for our Eurostar train back to St Pancras, where we meet the bikes.

    (Lunch not included)

Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £0 Fundraising target £900 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now

    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.

  • We usually stay in hotels or lodges of a 2-3* standard or equivalent. Standards may vary between the hotels but they are generally comfortable and convenient for our route. Hotels are often on the outskirts of towns to minimise unnecessary extra mileage and avoid traffic.

  • The food provided is plentiful and will give you plenty of energy. Lunches are generally buffet-style while dinners are usually eaten at the hotel. 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 booking is part of a group challenge and the tour costs and fundraising targets listed on our website are based on a minimum number of participants which is shown on the challenge  Our typical groups run with approximately 35-40 participants however you may find your group is smaller or larger than this.

    We will confirm at least 12 weeks prior to departure that your challenge is guaranteed to run however occasionally it may be possible to still to run the challenge with less than the minimum numbers, subject to a small group supplement.  If we think a small group supplement may be necessary, we will discuss this with you as soon as possible, usually 5 months before your departure date. 

    Minimum numbers and groups sizes may vary on Bespoke Charity challenges.  If you are booked onto a bespoke challenge please contact your charity for full details.

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.

  • Your bike will be couriered out to the start point and back to Discover Adventure HQ by Discover Adventure. This service is incorporated into your trip cost.

    Your bike will be collected from your chosen address by courier and it is your responsibility to pack your bike into a suitable bike bag or box for transit and ensure it is ready for collection 1 week prior to your trip departure. It will then be delivered to Discover Adventure HQ where it will be professionally re-packed and driven to the challenge starting point.

    At the end of the trip, your bike will be brought back to Discover Adventure HQ, repacked into your bike bag or box and delivered to your chosen return address (allow 7 working days from the final day of your trip). Please ensure someone is available to sign for the receipt of your bike at your chosen address.



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

Red 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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