London to Newhaven
Follow a series of signed National Cycle Network paths from London to Newhaven on this long ride to the coast. Newhaven is the town where you can catch the ferry to Dieppe in France and pick up a number of cycle trails to explore the country.
The route starts in the centre of London and heads south through the outskirts of the city, passing Clapham, Merton, Wallington and Coulsdon. You then enter the North Downs, passing Redhill, Gatwick Airport, Horley and Crawley. Here you turn east to East Grinstead following a dismantled railway line along the Worth Way.
At East Grinstead you pick up another nice traffic free section along the Forest Way to Groombridge. Shortly after you turn south to Rotherfield, Mayfield, Heathfield and Hailsham with part of the ride running along the lovely Cuckoo Trail. The final English section takes you through the South Downs, passing Alfriston before coming to the ferry at Newhaven.
This route follows the popular Avenue Verte which eventually runs all the way to Paris. See the London to Paris Cycle Route for more details.