Of course, there’s a very famous cycle race starting in the UK this year, and continuing its journey in northern France & Flanders, from Le Touquet through Lille, Ypres, Arras, Reims and Nancy before dropping down south.
France is a hugely popular destination for cyclists of all abilities and its easy to see why, with gorgeous coastline, quiet country roads, miles of canal towpaths, national parks and of course, plenty of mountains and hills for those preferring more of a challenge.
We’ve selected some of the best cycle rides from the regions in northern France for you to try out. And of course, don’t forget - you don’t pay any extra charges to take your bikes on your roofrack or camper van with MyFerryLink.
Pas de Calais
A region of gentle undulating hills, farmland, country roads and stunning coastline. What’s not to love?
Cycle routes around the Pas de Calais
Remembrance trails - cycle around the sites of World War I in the Artois hills
Visit the market town of Saint Omer and the surrounding Audomarois marshland and woods with a choice of routes
Choose from the garlic trail, the seven planets trail, smuggler’s tails & estaminets or go on the trail of the giants. Ancient woodland, old mining villages, river valleys, local folklore and culture - these themed trails take you into the heart of French Flanders.
Baie de Somme
The Somme Estuary is a vast stretch of sand and sea, surrounded by marshes and shingle banks, protected by huge sand dunes. A land where sea meets sky, which inpsired numerous painters and writers including Delacroix, Degas, Jules Verne and Victor Hugo. Migratory birds such as Widgeon, shell duck, curlew, oystercatcher can be seen next to harbour seals and salt marsh sheep. Follow these trails and be inspired...
Many of the French kings hunted in the forests of Picardy and today there are well-marked cycle paths right into the depths of the majestic ancient woodland. Charming countryside, epic châteaux and a coastline to die for. You can even choose a tour with a cycle guide to learn more about the region.
Cycle through the champagne vineyards (and of course stop for the odd tipple or two), and explore the rugged region of the Ardennes. There are plenty of routes for you to try out and it’s beautiful at any time of the year.
One of the finest cycle routes in France, the Loire à Vélo forms 800km of cycling trails along the Loire Valley. Visit the vast castles along the route, stop off for lunch in a tiny village or by the side of the river. These routes are hugely popular with families and are a fantastic way of taking in nature and history. There’s even a downloadable app to help you on your way.