Blogs | The depths and delights of Dieppe
06/08/2019 - 16:37

The centre of it all

62162383 2154335297995816 3989600618812538880 o <p>It&rsquo;s easy to forget that Dieppe is in such a strategic geographic location. Halfway between London and Paris, two of the world&rsquo;s most famous and bustling cities, lies a seaside town which has yet to unleash all of its potential. If you&rsquo;re travelling by car or by bike, using the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry route is still the shortest way to link the two capital cities. Although many car drivers now choose to take the Eurotunnel service to cut the travel time, a growing number are rediscovering the pleasures of romance at sea and the comfort of a mini-cruise. However, over the past few months, it is especially the number of cyclists using the service which has increased, and for a good reason.&nbsp;</p> <p>Three weeks ago, the final section of the famous Avenue Verte cycle route was inaugurated. Whereas cyclists previously had to ride a few miles to reach the start of the greenway in Arques-la-Bataille, they can now start pedalling on the route in the heart of Dieppe, just off the Avenue Vauban, south of the train station. This inauguration was met with acclaim from cyclists, who had been waiting for several years for the scheme to be completed. More and more bike lovers are choosing to travel via Dieppe to experience this unique greenway, which can take you all the way from Big Ben to the Eiffel Tower. With its numerous hotels,&nbsp;gites, restaurants, pubs and caf&eacute;s, Dieppe isn&rsquo;t only the start (or the end) of the French section of the route, it is also one of the favoured places for cyclists to stop off before they continue on their journey.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cyclists aren&rsquo;t the only ones to have a smile on their right now. Last month, the timetable for the new direct train service between Paris and Dieppe was unveiled. Starting 2020, it will enable visitors and&nbsp;dieppoisreturning home to catch a train from Saint-Lazare at 9.12am on Saturdays which will arrive in Dieppe two hours later, just in time for tourists to stroll our famous Saturday-morning market. No change of trains in required in Rouen anymore. On Sunday evenings, the service will leave at 6.25pm and will take a little more than two hours to reach the heart of the French capital. This direct train route between Paris and its closest beach had been requested by users, local politicians and associations for a long time and it&rsquo;s a great satisfaction to finally see it begin.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re travelling on the ferry this August or next month, don&rsquo;t miss the photo exhibition which is on display on both the Seven Sisters and the C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Alb&acirc;tre until end September. It features pictures of Dieppe&rsquo;s caf&eacute;s and portraits of the men and women who bring the streets of the town centre to life every Saturday morning when the market takes place. Recently crowned second best market in the whole of France, it wouldn&rsquo;t exist without the local producers and vendors who give it its identity, vibe and authenticity.</p> <p>&copy; Photo : Erwan Lesn&eacute;</p>

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