A 7 days, 8 stages round trip from Belgium through Normandy and Cornwall.
The crossing to the United Kingdom shall not necessarily take place through the shortest path. Before reaching St Malo, the doors to Brittany, it is pleasant to visit Amiens, Rouen, and stroll along the Seine towards Honfleur to experience baffling landscapes. Following an almost compulsory visit to the amazing Normandy beaches and splendid inland, we can further amble to the Mont St Michel in the day as well as in the night. Let's finish the French stages by Saint-Malo and a tour (by foot) on its walls, before boarding the ferry heading for Weymouth. Possible stop-overs in Jersey and Guernsey.
On the British side, we head West towards crossing through the Dartmoor National Park. The Southern coast, with its small harbours hidden between the rocks is definitely worth making a detour and it allows us to cross from Devon into Cornwall. That extreme point of England is amazing by its diverse landscapes and steep shores enhancing its charms. Add a few pubs, a variable weather and an English welcome in St-Mawes, you have a perfect appetizer cocktail. That is why we conclude our 9 day journey with a up ride towards Lynton, ( accross it is already Wales ), the crossing of the Exmoor Park and a short stop over in Stonehenge. The motorways bring us back to the shortest crossing point from the United Kingdom…
Close to 2800 km in 8 stages, avoiding the highways as much as possible and allowing the time to absorb the environment.
Stage1: Waterloo - Honfleur (449 km)
Stage2: Honfleur - Beaches - Crouay (174 km)
Stage3: Crouay - St Michel - St Malo (232 km)
Stage4: Weymouth - Exeter - St Mawes (346 km)
Stage5: St Mawes - St Ives - St Mawes (181 km)
Stage6: St Mawes - Lynton (244 km)
Stage7: Lynton - Dover (453 km)
Stage8: Calais - Brussels (201 km)