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Driving through France to UK

Old Jul 13th 2011, 10:38 pm
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Default Re: Driving through France to UK

Originally Posted by dmu

.... and don't forget that there's a high risk of ice/snow/fog in December in France, which will slow you down....
Yes - central France is very cold in December/January.

The good news is that there are lots of OK places to stay. Our favourite is Campanile but I believe Formule 1(sp) and others are as good. They are everywhere.
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Old Jul 13th 2011, 11:20 pm
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Default Re: Driving through France to UK

Originally Posted by jimenato
Yes - central France is very cold in December/January.

The good news is that there are lots of OK places to stay. Our favourite is Campanile but I believe Formule 1(sp) and others are as good. They are everywhere.
Up the West side of France is likely the best in Dec, quieter too, then via St Malo, Cherbourg or Cannes to Portsmouth.

Also a shorter and easier journey to most parts of the UK from Portsmouth, the extreme S.E. excepted.

Most of the motels are decent and good value, though Formulae 1 is a bit too basic for me and doesn't normally have en suite bogs.
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I wouldnt fancy the mountain passes in December (don't like them in spring or summer) so has anyone done the Eastern Route via the AP7 and A9 ??
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Old Jul 14th 2011, 12:54 am
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Default Re: Driving through France to UK

Originally Posted by mariajose
We are driving back to UK in December for a holiday. We will be travelling up through spain from alicante and then intend going via Bordeaux, Poitirs, Rouen and then to eurotunnel Calais
I got a route from RAC and its without tolls.
However, anyone got any tips or suggestions about route planners? We dont have a TomTom.
Also, places to stay enroute? We think we will stop just the once around Chateraullet
All suggestions gratefully received!
It depends if you just want to get back to the UK or go on a scenic journey in the process.
Have to agree that non toll is a false economy, in money and driving stress.
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Old Jul 14th 2011, 1:26 am
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I thought the ferrys had started doing December, glad it was mentioned on here, I will have to go back in November, when is the first crossing back to Spain, do you know ?
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Old Jul 14th 2011, 5:57 am
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Is this definite that there are no sailings in December. Or is it that Brittany ferries have not released their winter timetable? We always go back for a week before Xmas and you have got me worried as I do not fancy the France route.
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Old Jul 14th 2011, 12:39 pm
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I have emailed and asked, this is the reply:

Dear Mrs ......,



Thank you for your email.



Our winter schedules will go on sale week commencing the 18th July 2011.



Kind regards,



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Old Jul 14th 2011, 1:59 pm
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Default Re: Driving through France to UK

Originally Posted by Domino
I wouldnt fancy the mountain passes in December (don't like them in spring or summer) so has anyone done the Eastern Route via the AP7 and A9 ??
There aren't any passes in the Massif Central - the autoroute passes over plateaux or along valleys in between the mountains. It's high up, but relatively straight.
Wouldn't recommend the A9 and A7 via Orange due to passage through Lyon and around Paris. Before the A75 was constructed, I often did it between Béziers and Paris and it was always saturated from Orange where the A8 joins the A9 and a nightmare to pass through Lyon.
I think a ferry trip would be less stressful than any French roads in December!
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Old Jul 14th 2011, 2:03 pm
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Default Re: Driving through France to UK

Gosh, so much info and not all the same, so methinks I need to study all these replies plus have a look at ferries when they go on sale 18th july. Thanks everyone!!
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Old Jul 14th 2011, 2:07 pm
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Default Re: Driving through France to UK

Originally Posted by Domino
I wouldnt fancy the mountain passes in December (don't like them in spring or summer) so has anyone done the Eastern Route via the AP7 and A9 ??
Yes, I have done it and found it much slower that the western route

If one is not in a hurry it is pleasant to travel inland and into France via Andorra, but NOT in December.

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Old Jul 14th 2011, 3:48 pm
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Originally Posted by adra04778
I have emailed and asked, this is the reply:

Dear Mrs ......,



Thank you for your email.



Our winter schedules will go on sale week commencing the 18th July 2011.



Kind regards,



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Snap - just received the same email from Brittany Ferries.
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Old Jul 18th 2011, 12:13 pm
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The new timetable is showing ferry crossing all through the winter I am pleased to say

I don't like doing the long drive through France, it is so boring
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Old Jul 18th 2011, 5:58 pm
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Default Re: Driving through France to UK

Paris is not hell, provided you hit it at a sensible time it's an absolute doddle.

You don't even need a map just follow the signs for Lille and then on to Calais and on the way back follow the signs for Bordeaux.

FWIW from Cahors in France (1.5h north of Toulouse), and on the motorway with stops for pee and petrol only, and via Paris, journey time is about 9 to 9.5 hours.
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FWIW from Cahors in France (1.5h north of Toulouse), and on the motorway with stops for pee and petrol only, and via Paris, journey time is about 9 to 9.5 hours.

Problem for me is, its over 13 hours drive for me from Spain to Cahors, so a long drive to Calais, and if the weather is bad, you can near on double that give me the ferry anyday
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Originally Posted by Im_and_Er
Paris is not hell, provided you hit it at a sensible time it's an absolute doddle.

You don't even need a map just follow the signs for Lille and then on to Calais and on the way back follow the signs for Bordeaux.

FWIW from Cahors in France (1.5h north of Toulouse), and on the motorway with stops for pee and petrol only, and via Paris, journey time is about 9 to 9.5 hours.
Can someone explain to me why people are saying Paris is a problem when you don't go near Paris itself or am I missing something.
It's like saying London when you are on the M25 or has the motorway system changed?
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