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Cycling

Do you love cycling? Then you’re in for a real treat. Around Dieppe, there a plenty of trails reserved solely for non-motorized traffic.

From the Avenue Verte to the Véloroute du Lin, by way of the Vélomaritime, and between half-day family outings and longer treks, there is something for every taste and preference.

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The Avenue Verte

The Avenue Verte is without a doubt the perfect itinerary for exploring the region’s inland scenery. Laid out on a longer route connecting Paris to London, it follows an old railway track along 45 kilometres between Dieppe and Forges-les-Eaux. You can travel this course during a full day outdoors, rolling at a speed of 10 kph, but to add more discoveries to your excursion, read on for our tips!

The route to Saint-Vaast-d’Equiqueville offers a relaxing getaway for the family. Ride along lovely bodies of water for 14 kilometres and then leave the Avenue for a cultural stop at the Château d’Arques-la-Bataille or the Saint-Nicolas-d’Aliermont Clock-Making Museum. The Guy Weber Nature Education Park is a beautiful spot to break for a picnic. It also offers a cafeteria, gift shop and play area.

If you would rather keep pedalling, Mesnières-en-Bray is 10 kilometres farther along. Its Renaissance château and the restaurants lining its streets make it an ideal place to stop before heading back to Dieppe. From there, you can even board a ferry and try out the Avenue Verte in England…

Between ponds and fields

The Véloroute du Lin

A pretty country route, perfect for a day with the family, connects Hautot-sur-Mer, Offranville and Varengeville-sur-Mer over a total of 21 kilometres, with opportunities for breaks as varied as the Jacques-Emile Blanche Museum, the pastry shop Adèle, the Shamrock Collection and the sailors’ cemetery. Bicycles can also be hired and repaired in Offranville and Pourville. The Véloroute du Lin passes through the hinterland of the Pays de Caux region, from Pourville to Fécamp. It is relatively flat, making it feasible for cycling tourists of all skill levels.

As its name suggests, this route is especially magical when the flax is in bloom (you will come upon the first fields of flax – lin in French – just past Offranville), but it only lasts for about a week in mid-June and only in the morning!

In sight of the sea

The Vélomaritime

Lovers of cycling are in for a real treat on the Vélomaritime, which includes a number of steep inclines. The 32 kilometre route between Dieppe and Le Tréport allows you to take advantage of the towering chalk cliffs and ride alongside the hanging valleys leading down to the sea. Stop for a rest in Criel-sur-Mer and admire the view.

On the other side, the Dieppe–Saint-Valéry-en-Caux segment covers 45 kilometres of gems of the Alabaster Coast, including Varengeville-sur-Mer where the vistas are breathtaking, Sainte-Marguerite-sur-Mer with its pretty beach huts and Veules-les-Roses, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Lastly, for an impromptu thrill, Dieppe’s oceanfront cycling trail is the simplest and most sociable option!