Charles Sutherland gives this useful information about a hotel in the pleasant bit of Cergy!
Cergy looks intimidating on the map but perusal of Streetmap shows numerous
pavements along the boulevards so I had a trail well planned. We had booked
into a hotel called 'Au Weekend' near the Cergy marina. Unlike the rest of
Cergy it is in a quiet and attractive wooded spot with nearby watersports,
tennis courts etc and is clearly the upmarket/leisure zone part of Cergy
merging into an older village.
The hotel was essentially a motel like affair
bolted on to a wedding/ conference venue and the room was basic but entirely
adequate and actually had a bath which was most welcome as we were cold and wet.
They were happy to store bikes in a locked storeroom and the price was almost
exactly the same as le Cygne. A 5 min walk over the Oise bridge to the marina
provides numerous restaurants in a waterside location.
FROM MARINES TO HOTEL
Continue on the
D28 to Ableiges then take the D92 through Montgeroult and Boissy l'aillerie
crossing the railway on the D22 and continuing over the autoroute into Cergy. Continue
on the D22 through 3 non-scary intersections. Soon after the third intersection
- now on Boulevard d'Erkrath take first left on to Rue des Brunes Lactees.
Follow this on to Ave du Terroir up to a huge roundabout. Take 2nd exit on to
Boulevarde de L'Oise - the single carriageway - beware Boulevarde de'L'Oise
dual carriageway as first exit. Continue on this through 2 roundabouts until
you see the Rue de L'esplanade de Paris which is a barren open space with some
concrete standing stones at the
end - a nightmare of 70's town planner's street art. Ride down the car park and
at at the end go left on to the traffic free Chemin des Genottes and this leads
into a narrow residential road where you pick up Rue de Vaureal (this takes
account of one way streets as these are very narrow lanes) which is a pleasant
ride around the Oise lagoon until 90deg right on to Rue Jean Roger Gault then
going left on to Rue Pierre Vogler until you reach Cergy Port. Over the bridge
on Rue de Neuville gets you to Au Weekend.
FROM HOTEL BACK TO ROUTE (OUR EXPERIENCE) Exiting Cergy for Paris. Continuing on Rue de Neuville this soon becomes a marked cycle Avenue and continue following the East bank of the Oise. We made the mistake of going on to the Chemin de Halage too soon and found a very muddy trail (after the previous day's downpours.). In normal dry conditions it should be ok. The cycle route takes you on this for a short stretch until you come out at a water treatment plant and then it's a marked surfaced cycle route to the corner at the confluence of the Oise and Seine. Continuing along the embankment there is a passerelle hiding behind the first road bridge. Over the passerelle we made the mistake of taking the Ave for a short distance then entering the north end of the Foret de St Germain. We had a terrible time on the forest paths and bailed out to Acheres. We only escaped thanks to the GPS and much time was wasted. Far better would have been to pick up the D30 from the bridge and go straight into Acheres and then through the not unpleasant town to Rue de St Germain which leads into the forest on a proper road and continues on as the Route d'Acheres. Arriving at the stables take paths to Etoile de Beaumont and rejoin your route