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Subject Topic: Calais To Vendee with caravan, toll free?
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Message posted by pollyperkins13 on 02/2/2012 at 10:14pm
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Hi all,

Thanks for reading this post.
Were looking at making a trip to France and are going via the eurotunnel.
We would like to know the best route from Calais to the Vendee (st Julien des Landes 85150 ). Of course we don't want to do it all in one go and have allowed enough time for one nights stop over.

So please could you advise on routes to the vendee, preferably avoiding toll roads ( but still a good safe route )
and also a good place to stop over for the night with the
caravan. (probably about half way, or just before half way )
Many thanks in advance

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Message posted by bev+jon on 02/2/2012 at 10:35pm
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cant remember the road numbers , but we did it via Rouen , then headed west , south of le havre , caen and overnighted at Haliotis near mont st michel ( well worth a 2 night stop ) then head for Rennes / nantes and on to the vendee. all toll free but sorry i cant help with road numbers etc.
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Thanks Bev + Jon

Yes this route was coming up on viamichelin website.

It is their recommended route but it does seem a long way round.

There is another route that comes out to Le Mans via the D438 and D338.
Does anyone know this route, again it avoids the tolls.

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Yes, the route you mention is ok, it just follows the route of the A28 autoroute.

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Message posted by clf86ha on 03/2/2012 at 9:48am
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for those who've done them trips (Calais to Vendee), how long did it take you?

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Going via Rennes and Nantes does look a lot longer on a map but will probably be no more than an extra 20 miles. It would be more favourable because of the small amount of tolls but fast dual carriageway type roads with better rest areas. Half way would be after Caen and there are several sites in the towns that run alongside the A84

If you do want to go a shorter route that is nearly all toll free use A16 from the tunnel to Boulogne. N1 to Abbeville, A28 to Rouen (toll). Rouen towards Dreux on N154 Join N12 to Alencon then old N138 (new number in post above) to Le Mans. then A23 to Nantes. South of Nantes pick up N137 then D763 & D937 to Roche sur Yon and then N160 to La Mothe Archard and St Julien.Half way would be before Alencon. There is a town called Le Méle sur Sarthe which is on the A12 there is a small site within about 1/4 mile after leaving the main road, it's signed to the right.

I went from Caen to St Julien last summer via Rennes & Nantes then as above. It's a good route.

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Hi All,

Thanks so much for the replies so far.

I would also appreciate any advice on the routes with regards to taking the caravan, (is there a prefered one with a caravan ?)

Its also quite clear that whatever route we take we have to head to Rouen.
I do remember going through Rouen before and it was quite difficult, so any advice on routes through there with a 23ft caravan would be kindly appreciated.
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A28 Abbeville to Rouen is toll free - so a must for your trip! The A28 from Rouen to Le Mans is quick but pricey.

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Yes will take A28 from Abbeville to Rouen, but will then be looking at avoiding the A28 due to toll charges as we have the caravan as well.

Just which way to head from Rouen ?
Caen direction or Le Mans direction ?

As mentioned before we are in no rush, but the time in France will be 4pm when we get off the Eurotunnel.

then we plan a 3 or 4 hour drive , and then an overnight stop.
Will this be too late to get into a campsite ? Were looking at staying at a municipal site to keep costs low.

Thanks

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Quote: Originally posted by pollyperkins13 on 03/2/2012
Yes will take A28 from Abbeville to Rouen, but will then be looking at avoiding the A28 due to toll charges as we have the caravan as well.

Just which way to head from Rouen ?
Caen direction or Le Mans direction ?

As mentioned before we are in no rush, but the time in France will be 4pm when we get off the Eurotunnel.

then we plan a 3 or 4 hour drive , and then an overnight stop.
Will this be too late to get into a campsite ? Were looking at staying at a municipal site to keep costs low.

Thanks


if your in no rush consider 2 night stops ?
maybe do an hour or 2 once getting out the tunnel then leaves you a relaxing evening , then hit the road early next day. you may not be too far from your destination by end of that second day

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The following are instructions from a member on here. I copied them some years ago for getting through Rouen. They are easy to follow.The highlights I put on just to make it easier.

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Rouen is big but very easy. Stay on the A28 down the hill and through the long tunnel;

 get into the right hand lane (nearside in France) before or inside the tunnel, and HOLD THIS LANE straight ahead all the way to the River Bridge.

 Still STAY IN YOUR LANE at the other end of the Bridge (there is another lane by now on your right, and one on your left), but slow right down because your lane loops off to the right VERY sharply down and under yourself, to put you on the D18E

 through the industrial area of Sotteville(straight on at all lights and roundabouts) and out onto the Autoroute. Follow the signs for Paris, not Caen, after the last roundabout which means you want the LEFT lane.

Follow the Autoroute towards Paris for several miles; it's free at this point. Signs for Evreux will come up for Junction 19. Here you have another of Val's very small tolls to pay, and then it's all free dual carriageway to Evreux.

If it's useful, there's a filling station on the D18E out through Sotteville which sells at Supermarket prices; it's the first one you see. The next ones are full price!!


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we did St Julien des Landes to Le Havre last August and overnighted at Camping Haliosis in Pontorson like Bev and Jon. Excellent site. We didnt want to pay the Le Mans route tolls. The only bits that slow you down are Rennes and the Nantes ring road.

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Personally towing I would come off the train and go to Abbeville on the Peage (11.60e).
Abbeville to Rouen - toll free.
Rouen to Caen (13.00e).
Caen to Rennes - toll free.

All the above prices are for a Class 2 vehicle (van) with a trailer. Car should be cheaper.
Apart from about 2 miles that way is all dual carriageway and not too dear and a lot less stressful.

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Well this is proving to be difficult to find a popular solution.

As i've mentioned we are a bit reluctant to pay the toll charges but if it is safer and more convient we don't mind to pay a bit, obviously there and back can add up to quite a bit with a caravan.

Options so far then

Calais - Abbeville : Toll (A16) or no toll (N1 / D901)

Abbeville - Rouen : A28 (no toll)will travel this road !

Then the choice begins

Rouen - Caen : Toll (A13), or no toll (N175 which doesn't look an easy road)

or

Rouen - Alencon : Toll (A28 too expensive), or no toll (N138)
or another way to Alencon via Evreux : no toll (N154) then (N12) to Alencon

Of course as mentioned by the time were near Alencon we will be hoping to find a campsite to stay at for the night , and then up early and off we go again.

Thanks so far for all your replies, great help indeed !!

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Calais to Abbeville personally is a no brainer A16 for around a tenner not worth doing anything else.

N175 to Caen is not as bad as it looks in all fairness it's ok for towing on.

N138 to Alencon is also a good road for towing a few roundabouts and a few hills but plenty of stopping places and quite a good steady run to be had.

If you are going to Alencon towing via A16 from the train to Alencon (A16-A28-Rouen-N138) allow 4hr30mins and you won't be too far wrong.

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Quote: Originally posted by ben9 on 04/2/2012
Personally towing I would come off the train and go to Abbeville on the Peage (11.60e).
Abbeville to Rouen - toll free.
Rouen to Caen (13.00e).
Caen to Rennes - toll free.

All the above prices are for a Class 2 vehicle (van) with a trailer. Car should be cheaper.
Apart from about 2 miles that way is all dual carriageway and not too dear and a lot less stressful.


So Ben9 you would go the Caen way given the choice ?

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