Cycling in England
The British part of the route uses the National Cycle Network, in particular routes NCN 26 and NCN 2.
The Channel in England
Just as in France, the English route uses a combination of small roads and greenways, fully signposted “Petit Tour de Manche/Tour de Manche” from Poole to Weymouth and Plymouth, as it makes its way along part of the Jurassic Coast, which is dotted with pretty villages typical of the area.
Overall, the English section of the Petit Tour de Manche is relatively easy, with several parts accessible to all – particularly along the greenways. The English section of the Tour de Manche is suitable for more experienced cyclists, with some challenging hills.
- A very authentic alternative route is possible, (particularly for families who want to avoid busy roads) to reach Corfe Castle, by catching the Swanage railway steam train from the station at Norden Park & Ride.
- Just as in France, it is possible to transport bicycles on the trains. Train stations feature on all the section and stage maps. Information about trains in England is available on the website: www.nationalrail.co.uk
- The Channel crossing is made by two ferry operators: Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries: nothing could be easier!
- On this website you will find a very detailed description of the routes in the English stage maps.
- If you're not accustomed to cycling in the UK, remember to ride on the left, not the right. It can seem strange, particularly at first, so take care and double check before crossing any roads.