- London to Calais to Amiens to Paris – hotels
Anyone done this and can recommend some bike friendly hotels, particularly in Calais and Amiens? Cheap and cheerful is fine, I’m more concerned about the bikes being safe and sound by whatever means!
Any other tips to do with the ride that spring to mind also more than welcome. 🙂Posted 5 years ago
That’s exactly the sort of experience I’m after – I’m getting straight onto booking with them today on that basis!
You haven’t got a GPX of your route, by any chance? I’m piecing a route together from options I’ve found online, but real world experience and input is much more valuable.Posted 5 years ago
Ok, Hotel Campanile Calais booked. The Amiens option is a little more pricey as they don’t have rooms for three. If anyone knows an Amiens hotel that will allow bikes in rooms and also take three people, that would be amazing. Otherwise, we will probably go for Campanile despite the price. I assume Hotel F1s would allow bikes in rooms, as from memory you don’t really even see anyone when you check in?Posted 5 years agodknwhySubscriber
My trip was organised by a group of guys from Bikeradar. The route links are below. I didn’t map them but from what I recall they were ok, with the exception of day 1 where the author routed from Dover to London and then reversed the GPX meaning it took a bit of common sense on a couple of one way systems in London and roundabouts had us going anti-clockwise!Posted 5 years ago
After that, I think it was ok.
They’re worth taking some time to look over though as they were mapped in 2010 and roads may have changed.
The trip down to Dover was on some fairly fast A road through Kent so you may want to adjust that, although I don’t think there is much of an alternative.
Day 2 from Calais was great and we stopped to look at a war cemetery in Etaples. Very humbling.
Day 3 into Paris was fine but we did have a very busy road in and were riding on the hard shoulder. You may want to seek an alternative for that bit but I think Paris is that busy, it was the best of a busy route. Paris itself was a nightmare. Only time i’ve actually been stick in traffic on a bicycle. Literally, not even a handlebar width between cars.
That is excellent, cheers. Your comment about the fast A road in Kent reflects pretty much what I’ve noticed on every route I’ve found, they all seem to go that way and there doesn’t look like a particularly good alternative from what I can see on online maps. May just have to suck it up by the sounds of things.
All helpful, thanks.Posted 5 years ago
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