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The Avenue Verte/Greenway is a joint Anglo-French initiative helped by Europe, to develop a largely traffic free route between Paris and London (via the NewhavenDieppe ferry) for cyclists, walkers and horse riders. It is hoped a route will be in place for the 2012 London Olympics Games .


In England, the route uses the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 21 between London and the South coast. In East Sussex, the Avenue Verte incorporates existing paths including the Cuckoo Trail and Forest Way, offering more than 30 km of traffic-free cycling, walking and horse riding along former railway lines.

The route will continue to Newhaven as NCN Route 2, along the South coast, into West Sussex to the West and Kent to the East.

North of East Sussex, the route would follow NCN 21 through West Sussex, Surrey and into London. Here, the route would pass through several boroughs before coming to an end at St Paul's Cathedral.


In France, the Avenue Verte follows the former Dieppe to Paris railway for 40 km. It currently stops just outside Forges-les-Eaux but once complete, the route will extend to Paris almost entirely on traffic-free routes.

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