St Pauls Cathedral – Dover – Calais (82 miles & ↑4000 feet)
We meet in front of an icon of London, St Pauls Cathedral. After a trip briefing, photos and loading luggage onto the support vehicle, we’ll begin our ride southeast out of the city. We’ll soon reach the outskirts of the city and enter Kent where the roads open up and we can enjoy the Garden of England as we approach Dover. We’ll catch a ferry from Dover to Dunkirk where a further 10 miles takes us to our overnight hotel.
Calais – Aalst (110 miles & ↑1100 feet)
We begin our second day following the coast on flat roads northeast of Calais. The route shortly crosses the border into Belgium and into the pretty town square of Veurne. From here our route continues along Belgian roads and cycle lanes to our overnight stop in Aalst on the banks of the Dender River. This quaint Belgian town has an ancient textile industry which still thrives today.
Aalst – Elsloo (91 miles & ↑2000 feet)
Our route today begins by skirting around Brussels then onto Leuven, the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant to the east. Here we’ll stop for coffee at the impressive Gothic town hall before continuing through quaint Belgian villages and farmland to cycle along the Albert Canal. We cross our third border into The Netherlands to our overnight stop at Elsloo on the banks of the River Meuse.
Elsloo – Cologne (69 miles & ↑1700 feet)
We leave The Netherlands behind today as we cross the border into Germany and to the town of Geilenkirchen, just 20km north of Aachen. Continuing east, we cross the river Rur through the town of Linnich. We soon reach the outskirts of Cologne, the fourth largest city in Germany, where we’ll head to the river Rhine before navigating our way to the double-spires of the impressive cathedral. From here it’s a short ride to our hotel for the evening where we’ll have a celebratory meal and explore the sights of the city.
Cologne – London
Your bicycles and luggage will be driven back to the UK so you have a full day to explore Cologne. A thorough exploration of the cathedral is a must, along with a visit to one of the many museums in the city before your evening flight back to London Heathrow. Here you’ll be met by the More Adventure team who will hand back your bicycles and luggage and the trip comes to an end.