Sunday, 19 September 2010

Oxford to Avignon

my bike posing in the Gorge d'Ardeche
start: Oxford, UK
finish: Avignon, France
distance: 1160 km

It took me eleven days to cycle from Oxford to Avignon, in the South of France. Here's the route including the campsites. I crossed the Channel from Portsmouth to Caen on the ferry and headed for the Loire at Orléans. Then followed this river upstream for a few days to avoid serious hills, for as long as possible.ligne de partage des eaux Atlantique-Méditerranée On the 10th day I went over the 1300 meter high watershed between Atlantic and Mediterranean, at the source of the river Ardeche. It was a fantastic tour and the last day through the Gorge d'Ardeche was an amazing finale. I came back on the train (in case anyone wonders).

Route map:

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4 comments:

xenic said...

Wow, what a journey!

Rodrigo said...

Hi! I am about to move to Kidlington and would like cycle to the South Parks area in Oxford on a daily basis.

Do you know of any nice, car-free routes to do that?

Thanks!

McHoen said...

Car-free is going to be impossible, but you can avoid them as much as possible by for example taking this route.
Good luck!

Manu said...

Hi there,
I'm planning to cycle from Abingdon to Montbrison in France (near Feurs where you stopped on your epic ride to Avignon) and I would be very interested to have your road map. Unfortunately it cannot be displayed anymore on your blog as Google Maps has changed. Any chance you could upload it again?? And any feedback or advice about cycling to South France would be greatly appreciated!
Cheers,