Cycling around the Eure Department
Good news, the sunny days will be back soon, it's time to get our bikes out again! Fun and friendly bike rides are a great opportunity to discover or re-discover the landscapes and monuments of the Eure. So now is the time to take stock of the "Accueil Vélo" (Cyclists Welcome) accredited historic sites and cultural attractions that will welcome you during your two-wheeled adventures.
From Évreux to Le Neubourg to visit the Château du Champ de Bataille
Along the former railway track that used to link Évreux to Honfleur, the Greenway (Évreux – Le Bec Hellouin) is a safe cycle route. The route starts at the Évreux Golf Course where you can easily park your car. If you are not properly equipped, you can hire bikes in the city centre. You can also pop in the Tourist Information Centre for more friendly advice.
Along the Greenway
This cycle route is about 20 kilometres long (12.5 miles) and starts by taking you through the Evreux Golf Course. A stunning view of the golf course emerges from the landscape. Then comes a small wooded hill, which is very pleasant in hot weather. After a few kilometres, the route becomes flatter: you have reached the Plaine du Neubourg and its open fields. In May and June, the Greenway is an ideal place to enjoy the blue flax fields typical of Normandy. A little bit further away, tall, thin silhouettes rise into the sky, these are the wind turbines of Quittebeuf. It creates a surprising impression. You are going to feel small!
After a small effort, you will reach Le Neubourg. The Greenway stops not far from the Tourist Information Centre which is accredited "Accueil Vélo" (Cyclists Welcome). A useful stop if you want to drop your bike, ask for advice and go to the town centre for lunch... Le Neubourg's main square is very pleasant. With restaurants, bakeries and other little shops, you will easily find something to eat.
The Château du Champ de Bataille is located 20 minutes by bike from the Tourist Information Centre. On site, there is everything you need to leave your bike… Here you are, ready to visit this splendid stately home and its gardens restored by Jacques Garcia: the tour will take you back to the 18th century and the French fashion and sophistication...
From Vernon to Giverny, a cultural cycle tour
While waiting for the Seine Valley Cycle Route to open in 2020, Vernon and Giverny can already be explored by bike. It is great way to soak up the places that have inspired the Impressionist painters. From the Château de Bizy to the Museum of Impressionisms, here are suggestions for a cultural cycle tour.
The route starts at the Château de Bizy. There is a car park where you can leave your car for the day. Ten o'clock is a good time to arrive!
Located in Vernon, this 18th century chateau and its stables are surrounded by parkland where you will be able to admire sculptures and two-hundred-year-old trees. A former royal estate, this place has been owned by many illustrious figures, such as Nicolas Fouquet's grandson and the French King Louis Philippe. Please note the chateau can only be visited with a guide! But you are free to explore the gardens by yourself.
After visiting the chateau, you will easily reach the centre of Vernon to stop for lunch. You will be able to park your bikes next to the town hall.
Then, it takes about twenty minutes to cycle to Giverny from Vernon. After crossing the river Seine via the Clémenceau Bridge, you will start to feel the poetic and artistic atmosphere. The cycle route guides you through a bucolic and pleasant scenery. You just have to follow the waymarked cycle route. At the Museum of Impressionisms, you will be able to attach your bikes to the dedicated bike racks. After visiting the museum and its permanent exhibition, you will be able to walk to Claude Monet's House and Garden. Here, you will be immersed into the painter's world…
Want more? Follow the Epte Valley Greenway.
First a natural border, then a "fortified valley" marking out the border between the Kingdom of France and the Duchy of Normandy, the river Epte boasted numerous fortresses in the Middle Ages. Following the Greenway, which is part of the London-Paris Avenue Verte, you will meander gently from Gisors and its renowned castle to Giverny and the Seine valley. You will enjoy the charm of a tranquil and bucolic valley, with a rolling landscape dotted with country houses and authentic villages, which have inspired many Impressionist artists.
Here are a few useful tips before going on a bike ride:
Determine the route in advance and do not overestimate your level of fitness.
Take water to stay hydrated and granola bars for energy.
Take a rain coat or jacket, even if it never rains in Normandy!
Don't forget your helmet and you high visibility vest.
Remember to take your camera to capture those great moments (and post them on Instagram with #jesuisailleurenNormandie #iamsomewhereelseinNormandy).
On foot, by bike or horseback, have a look at our Walking and hiking section!
*"Accueil Vélo" (Cyclists Welcome) is a national scheme which ensures that cyclists feel welcome and are provided with high-quality services along the cycle routes.