The Via Francigena by bike in Switzerland follows as far as possible the pedestrian route, but above all the official cycling routes of Switzerland mobile. It first crosses the border and the Pre-Alps to reach the Swiss plateau and finally the capital of the canton of Vaud, Lausanne.
It follows the shores of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) and then follows the Rhone bank to Martigny. The ascent begins in this town. The last part from Bourg-Saint-Bernard to the Great St. Bernard Pass is the most difficult but perhaps the most beautiful before descending into Italy towards Aosta...and Rome!
The Via Francigena stretch in France is approved by Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre and marked as GR145®.
GR® are long-distance footpaths in France featuring a good standard of safety and quality of the route. We inform you that site upgrade is ongoing to complete the list of stages in French territory, including gps maps and descriptions. The route of the Via Francigena runs from Calais, Hauts-de-France Region, then Reims in the Grand Est Region, to the Swiss border, near Jougne and the village of Les Fourgs in the Bourgogne Franche-Comté Region. Accommodation Accommodation Hauts-de-France Accommodation Grand-Est Accommodation Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Information and GPS tracks provided by the Fédération Française de Randonnée
The Via Francigena starts just next to the southern portico of Canterbury’s cathedral where the milestone zero of the route is located. The pilgrim’s passport are available in the information centre inside the cathedral. After having left aside the cathedral passing through Christchurch Gate, turn left and keep on walking headed for Burgate; then along Church Street and Longport walking along Abbey of Saint Augustin’s side.
After having walked beyond Nord Holmes Road and Saint Martin Church, turn right into Pilgrim Street following indications to get to North Downs Way. The road that leads to Dover is about 30 km long and is travelled in 7 to 8 hours walking. It’s easy to get back to Canterbury by taking the train in the following stations: Bekesbourne, Adisham, Aylesham, Sherpherdswell and Dover Priory.
Information provided by Canterbury City Council
Reaching Canterbury departing from Paris: By train : Take the Eurostar train in Paris Nord station to Ashford international (from € 185 – early booking recommended). Departures at 11.10 am and 8.10 pm (2 per day) apart from Saturdays and Sundays (no trains, please take ferries instead).
Take the train in Ashford international station to Canterbury West (€ 9,32 or £ 8). 3 departures per hour between 6.05 am and 1.07 am the following day. By bus : Take the bus in Paris Bercy bus station to Dover east ferry harbour (from € 19 – out of high season). With company Ouibus (the cheapest), one departure at 9 am and another one at 11 pm (2 per day, between 7 and 7.30 hour trip).
The Via Francigena pedestrian path in Italy is approximately 1000 km long, from the Great St Bernard to Rome, divided into 45 legs.Read More
Since ancient times, the Valle di Susa has been one of the favoured areas for the crossing from Italy to beyond the Alps, thanks to the Monginevro and Moncenisio passes. The Middle Ages established is prominent role, even in Europe, as a transit route for merchants, armies, nobles, clergymen and pilgrims on their way to Rome or Santiago de Compostela. Hospitali, xenodochia, inns and hotels or places of aid emerged along the route. The way proceeds with this varied panorama for over 170 km with two historical variants, starting from the Moncenisio and the Monginevro towards the valley floor, until arriving at the threshold of Turin and, from there, Vercelli.Read More
The Via Francigena cycling route runs from the Great Saint Bernard Pass to Rome following where it is possible the walking route, and avoiding the not-cyclable parts of the route.Read More