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Dieppe To Montpelier Cycle Route

France > Normandie > Dieppe
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameDieppe To Montpelier
Distance : miles (km)349.66  (562.72)
Posted Byted0075
Calories Burned kcal
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationDieppe
End LocationMontpelier
Cycle Steps
For my first real trip I planned to follow roughly Tom Vernon's route from "Fat Man on a Bicycle", though he went through to Montpelier. I had planned to as well, but a lack of any physical prep beforehand led to an injury.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
I didn't see a single bike shop anywhere. However I kept away from large towns, and was not sightseeing, I just wanted to go as far as possible every day. I arrived in Moulins on day 5 and jumped the train back to Dieppe via Paris the next day for Euros 68.00. All overnighting was on campsites found at last light. Prices varied from Euros 3.50-12 I recommend the site at Beaulieu sur Loire for its location.

Your comments?
posted by:sam1983Rating : difficult :
Was really interested to see your route - myself and a friend are aiming to go from Dieppe to Toulon this year, covering the distance in just under 2 weeks. We are agonising over accommodation - would you recommend campsites or B&B's? Campsites I would expect to be cheaper but I'm worried whether there are places to securely lock the bike up and if you really feel like putting a tent up at the end of a long day's cycling! Can you offer me any advice?

posted by:ted0075Rating : difficult :
Your trip to Toulon sounds great, with mine I just went for it, my original plan was to kip and do personal admin at the road side. By Rouen It was obvious I really had to find proper showers and a good rest area. I rode daily until just before last light, then headed to the nearest campsite, going on to it without any prior recce and hoping it was a fairly decent place.

I did not have any dramas with a pitch, and no security issues. I sleep in a bivi bag without a tent and travel very light, but a campsite provides a higher level of mental security and therefore a better rest than road side sleeping, plus a hot shower.

For me the other advantages of campsites over B and B are you have a greater degree of choice where and when to stop, you sleep next to your bike and it's cheap. Campsites every time. Hope this helps, good luck.

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