St Helena Hospice London to Paris 2017

St Helena Hospice helps people in north East Essex with an incurable illness to live well and die with dignity and choice.
Not only does the hospice support patients but also the family, friends and carers who surround them, and offers bereavement support to both adults and children. All of its services are provided for free and two thirds of its running cost is raised through the support and generosity of people in the community.

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Connect two of the world's most chic capital cities as you embark on the charity bike ride challenge of a lifetime whilst helping to support the brillaint work done at St Helena Hospice.

Trip Date:19th - 24th Sept

Deposit: £0.00
Sponsorship level: £1900

The St Helena Hospice London to Paris bike ride takes you through beautiful English villages and into the stunning countryside of rural France. You'll pass historical landmarks and famous battlefields from World War I until you reach Paris, undoubtedly one of the most magical places on earth. The sense of achievement you'll experience will be one you'll cherish forever - an unforgettable experience awaits you.

The following gives you a brief taste of the charity cycling challenge ahead but for more detailed information please do not hesitate to contact one of the Overseas Team on 020 7424 5511 who will be delighted to help you!

Day 1: Hospice to London
Our crew will meet each team at their respective hospices for registration and a brief introduction. After which we will load bikes onto the lorry and hop on a coach down to our accommodation at Crystal Palace where we will have dinner and prepare for our early start tomorrow!

Day 2: London to Calais
Our challenge begins bright and early from Crystal Palace heading south enroute to the coast. Our journey today takes us through rural Kent - the garden of England. Our path winds though traditional British countryside, along the North Downs Way before we reach the white cliffs of Dover. The ferry takes us across to Calais and our first nights resting place.
95 miles (approx)

Day 3: Calais to Abbeville
La belle France! Stunning picturesque countryside awaits us in northern France as we travel south through some beautiful quaint villages- do not be surprised to be greeted with a Bonjour Monsieur/Madame as you cycle through! Cycle through Desvres, a market town known for its ceramics and continue with the windy roads along the valley of the Canche River. The Artois region is amazing with the Spanish influenced town of Hesdin and its tremendous architecture and close proximity to the battle of Agincourt. We spend the night in Abbeville — steeped in history from the war and despite being destroyed in just one night it has managed to retain its beautiful gothic church.
75 miles (approx)

Day 4: Abbeville to Beauvais
Our route this morning follows the river Somme out of Abbeville. The Somme is perhaps most famous for its battles and you cannot fail to be reminded of the thousands who lost their lives in the war. But the Somme is also a Celtic word meaning tranquillity... so summing up the feeling of the day as you cycle through this superb region. After lunch you can enjoy the countryside with a little less "undulations" than previous days. We finish the day in Beauvais where the market square, Place de l'Hotel de Ville, is a true highlight. Several of the houses close to the Cathedral date back from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries.
70 miles (approx)

Day 5: Beauvais to Paris
Our final day of cycling and the big push to Paris, our final destination. We are still treated to some stunning countryside including a lovely lunchtime in wooded area next to the River Oise. After lunch we near the outskirts of Paris and you will start to spot the familiar sights of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. We rendezvous in a park just north of Paris before joining together to cycle the last miles along some of the famous boulevards. Our finish point can be seen for miles above the Paris skyline and on arrival the celebration can begin!
60 miles (approx)

Day 6: Paris to London
The day is yours to soak up the Parisian way of life, explore the city, and visit the landmarks that only yesterday you were cycling by. We will meet in the afternoon at the Gare du Nord to catch our Eurostar back to the UK then jump on a coach back to the hospice.


Got some questions? Head to the More Info tab or give us a call on 0207 424 5511

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Is the trip for me?

Definitely! These trip is a fantastic challenge for anyone wanting to do something amazing for a great cause! There will be lots of like minded people taking part, all looking for the challenge of a lifetime and of course to meet new friends. Some people come with friends or family but most people come on their own so what are you waiting for? Sign up today for a fantastic experience and the opportunity to make life long friends.

How fit do I need to be?

The London to Paris Cycle requires a good level of general fitness. You will be provided with a full training guide that you should follow to ensure you are able to cope with the physical element of the itinerary; a good level of fitness will also ensure you enjoy your challenge to the full!

We appreciate that everyone's fitness level will be different, you may be a keen sports person playing on a regular basis or you might have a phobia to gyms before you sign up. What's important is that you prepare for the challenge well. You should expect to cycle for up to 8 hours per day with ease at a moderate pace. We've been known for our use of the word 'undulating' but it is very true that most of our trips involve plenty of uneven ground and lots of ups and down. By ensuring you train well and follow the plan you will stand yourself in good stead for the challenge ahead.

How much do I have to raise?

£1900

Will I be able to raise the sponsorship level?

YES! Once you have started you will find that raising the minimum sponsorship is easy and most importantly fun! We will provide you with a breakdown of examples of how to raise the sponsorship money in an enjoyable way and we will of course be available every day to help you with more ideas! You are doing something quite simply amazing so make sure you tell everyone you know, and before you know it you will be racing towards your fundraising target!

What deposit do I have to pay?

Nothing!

Can I extend my trip?

No. Unfortunately due to Eurostar restrictions we are unable to change any tickets.

Will you help me?

YES! One of our highly experienced tour reps will be on hand to help you in the lead up to the event. You will be sent a full confirmation pack shortly after you register on the event which will give you all the information you need but we are always here to make the event as enjoyable and hassle free as possible! And there will even be the opportunity to meet your fellow participants at a special gathering before the event!

What is the food like?

Lots of familiar European dishes will be on the menu! Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided throughout the trip except for 2 meals (dinner on the ferry on day 1 and lunch in Paris on our final day). We can of course cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements - as long as you let us know in advance!

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your own bike; we strongly recommend using either a road, hybrid or touring bike NOT a mountain bike. It is also compulsory to wear a cycle helmet whilst on our trips. We will send you a full packing list for the trip once you have registered.

What will happen to my luggage during cycling days?

There will be support vehicles with the group at all times which means your luggage will be transported in one of these vehicles for you. You will just need to carry a bum bag for any essentials like a camera and sun tan lotion

How many people can take part?

The average group size is about 70 people although this does vary considerably from trip to trip

What type of accommodation will I be staying in?

We will be staying in minimum three star hotels throughout the trip. Rooms will be shared on a twin basis. The hotel on the final night is 4 star.

What's included in the cost?

Travel by ferry to France and return travel to London on Eurostar, accommodation, all meals (excluding dinner on the ferry on day 1 and lunch and dinner on day 5), experienced guides and mechanical support.

Is there an age restriction?

You will need to be over 18 but there is no upper age limit. If you are over 65 will just need to get a medical form signed by your doctor.

What about insurance?

You must have travel insurance cover in order to participate in this challenge. You can either arrange this yourself (as long as your insurance company is aware of the nature of what you are doing and that it is a charity event) or we can help you arrange this.

How do I book my place?

As soon as possible! Simply click here to book online today. Places are extremely limited and get snapped up quickly so to avoid disappointment sign up today and don't miss out!

There are a limited number of places available on our next London to Paris charity bike ride so click over to the next tab and read more about it!

Your London to Paris bike ride takes place:

19/09/2017

Book now for a deposit of just: £0.00!
Additional sponsorship to raise: £1,900
Number of days: 5 days(4 nights)
Accommodation: 4 nights in 3-4* hotels where possible
Temperature: Usually 10-26C at this time of year however the temperature will vary when near the coast.
Whats included: 4 nights in hotels, Eurostar return to London, ferry from Dover to Calais, all food (except 2 meals) refreshments, experienced guides and mechanical support



There are a limited number of places available on our next London to Paris Cycle, further dates maybe available so please call us for details.

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