The village of Beaumont sur Oise, is an ordinary village of Ile de France, nothing really special, just old ramparts, churches, narrow streets, old houses. . . ordinary, as many villages in the area feature these sorts of remains of past life, just a bit different from one village to the other. . . .
On the spur dominating the Oise river you will discover walls of the mediaval castle, and from there, the St Laurent Church, built in the 13th century, on an older one (picture 1); note that the bell tower is a more recent construction, probably replacing the old one.
In rue Basse, you will discover an old stage coach station (now a hotel and sheltering the Tourist office) (picture 2). St Laurent church (picture 3) has originally been built by king Louis IX (St Louis), when he became count of Beaumont; he resided in the castle when he undertook the building of Royaumont Abbey.
When you travel by car or train in Ile de France, you often see wide open space, with big open fields, but biking on small roads offers a completely different landscape, the fields are smaller, there are trees, isolated houses and farms. . . (picture 4), and here or there, small woods, lakes (picture 5); the landscape is in fact changing all times and that makes biking very enjoyable.
Take along a map and you will enjoy biking from the train station to the wonderful abbey of Royaumont.
There are many ways to reach Royaumont, and by car with a Michelin map (or GPS) it is quite easy.
Short time visitors to Paris or France, without car may rely on public transportation and . . . . their wades. On a sunny day it is a beautiful trip, by train, then by bike you can take with you in the train (picture 1).
Departure: Gare du Nord in Paris (picture 2) ; arrival in Persan Beaumont (Creil Line) ; takes between 35 and 50 mn (depending the number of stops).
Leave the station of Persan with your bike and be ready to push the pedals for less than 10km;
cross the Oise river, bike up in the village of Beaumont sur Oise (take a few minutes to look at the church, the old ramparts. . . . ), then “route de Senlis”, above the Oise, direction East, on the cycle lane, in fields, woods, small villages (Noisy sur Oise, Asnières sur Oise. . ). In Asnières (7.6 km) turn left at the roundabout, Route de Chantilly, North, direction Précy sur Oise; after 600m turn right on Route de Royaumont, keep going 850m after having passed by a small lake on your right; there, left, 170m there you are: there is a car park on the right; tie your bike at a tree or the fence, and across the road it the object which will reward your biking effort. During the trip, you can make a stop here or there, and enjoy the scenery (picture 3).
Rent a bike in Paris (not a velib) in one of the many outlets of Paris : check the Web: http://www.allovelo.com/; http://www.parisvelosympa.com/ ; http://www.veloparis.com/; http://dismoiou.fr/c/location-de-velos/paris; etc, etc, etc; I cannot recommend one, I have my own bicycle. Rent a bike and take it with you in the train; if the weather is fine, you will have a nice trip, and if you feel in the mood for cycling, after your visit, bike to Chantilly across the woods (picture 4) (Forêt de Chantilly), visit the chateau there (if you started early), and go back by train. . .
List of taxis you can ask to wait for you at the train station on the website: