Part of our Women Ride series, encouraging women to get on their bikes. Designed to downscale some of the factors often cited by women as barriers to cycling, expect confidence-boosting support, a friendly non-competitive atmosphere and the buzz of achieving your challenge.
Cycling from London to Paris is one of the great cycle experiences in Europe. Passing through picturesque Sussex countryside on quiet rolling roads, we cross the Channel and continue through the small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France. This specially-designed, beautiful route takes us on quiet lanes and traffic-free greenways, enjoying the freedom of cycling in a country where all generations use a bike just to get around.
Our cyclist-friendly approach to Paris passes some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks and the sight of the Eiffel Tower, our finishing point, will evoke a real sense of achievement.
Women Ride Training Weekend is included in the cost of this trip. Once you sign up, you will receive a code to register for the weekend for free. If you take part in the Training Weekend first and are then inspired to sign up, your Training Weekend payment will be discounted from your final trip cost.
An early start from central London allows us to avoid the morning traffic as we pass through the outskirts of London onto quieter roads. We continue south towards Croydon, riding through beautiful rolling Surrey countryside and small, quiet villages. As we head further south a long climb takes us into Sussex; we then follow rolling roads up and over the beautiful chalk downs and descend into the harbour town of Newhaven. We board the ferry and have dinner en-route to Dieppe. Night hotel.
We leave the busy port behind, heading southeast and quickly emerge into the quiet French countryside so typical of this region. Our roads are light on traffic, and there are sections of greenway (avenue verte) we can utilise. Passing a few small villages, we ride through the small, 12th-century town of Neufchatel-en-Bray and continue on small roads through farmland and pockets of woodland. Most of our route rolls along through this beautiful rural scenery, though there are a few short climbs. Our day ends at Vernon, an ancient town on the banks of the River Seine. Night hotel.
Our final day’s cycling takes us once more on quiet roads through small villages and woodland to the banks of the River Seine; we cross and head south through shady forest to Versailles and its famous Palace. Crossing the Seine again, we enjoy a tranquil approach to Paris, through the quiet suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt, and continue on wide tree-lined boulevards, passing the Trocadéro and other famous city landmarks as we ride to our finish beneath the lofty arches of the Eiffel Tower. We check into our hotel and enjoy a great celebration to mark our achievements. Night hotel.
After breakfast you are free to explore the city; why not go up the Eiffel Tower or visit renowned attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Notre-Dame Cathedral. You are responsible for getting yourself and your bags to the Gare du Nord on time for your afternoon Eurostar train back to St Pancras, where you will be reunited with your bike.
Paid by your charity 8 weeks prior to departure (4 weeks for UK one day and weekend events) providing they have received agreed amount of the fundraising target. If you are on a bespoke challenge your charity may charge Airline Taxes – please contact your charity for further information.
Part Payment Option*
Set contribution paid by you, remaining costs paid by your charity providing they have received agreed amount of the fundraising target. If you are on a bespoke challenge your charity may charge Airline Taxes – please contact your charity for further information.
Full Payment Option
Paid by you together with any applicable airline taxes (capped at £250), 8 weeks prior to departure (4 weeks for UK one day and weekend events).
* Not available on UK Challenge weekends
All transport from London to Paris by return (by ferry and Eurostar)
All meals except where specified and accommodation on a twin share basis
Discover Adventure leaders, mechanics and drivers
Full vehicle support throughout the trip
Maps and route information
Women Ride Training Weekend included in the trip cost
Any meals specified 'not included' in the itinerary
Cycle helmet (compulsory) and water bottles
Optional Discover Adventure bike courier return service
Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
Transport around Paris on Day 5, and any optional sites, attractions or activities
Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
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.
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 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.
In the unfortunate circumstance that you need to cancel your booking, we would ask that you notify us in writing either by post or email. Your cancellation will be considered effective from the date the notice is received. Registration fees, amendment fees and insurance premiums are non refundable and, depending on your payment option and how close it is to your challenge departure date, you may be liable for a cancellation charge.
Full details of all cancellation charges may be found in the Terms and Conditions of booking.
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.
This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!
Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience, fitness and ability as well as all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. If you have concerns about your fitness or if you have reduced mobility please do contact us for a confidential chat about whether this challenge is appropriate for you.
For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.
Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid, and any visas are obtained in good time. Check the FCO’s advice on entry requirements for your destination to be sure. To find out if you need a visa you can check your requirements using our partner, Visa Machine, website here; please ensure you allow plenty of time.
Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.
Women Ride Cycle Training Weekend
Included in the cost of our Women Ride London to Paris or Women Ride London to Bruges Cycle Series
This weekend will take place in and around the valleys and ridges of Salisbury and the New Forest. It is designed to boost your confidence and improve your cycling skills under the guidance of experienced leaders.