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Message posted by camp chaos22/6/2014 at 8:48pm
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We're looking at camping on the Normandy coast this summer but, whilst looking at maps of the area, I've spotted a problem...the nightmare that appears to be the Normandy bridge from Le Havre to Honfleur.

My issue is...my husband hates heights and high bridges so I was wondering if there was a way around this without a massive detour?

I've noticed a smaller bridge a little way inland, is this one better?

I could offer to drive but I'm not that much better and the thought of it would cast a shadow over the holiday.

To give you an idea, he can just about cope with the ?Barton Bridge near the Trafford Centre!

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Message posted by David Klyne22/6/2014 at 9:21pm
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The Pont De Normandie is quite high but generally if you concentrate on driving you tend not to notice too much! Have you crossed the Dartford Bridge? The bridge further inland is the Pont de Tancarville seeHere

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Message posted by ciarri22/6/2014 at 10:38pm
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Go to Cherbourg, there's no bridges to negotiate.

Message posted by Graham22/6/2014 at 10:51pm
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Or sail into Caen (Ouisterham) Flat as a flat thing.

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Message posted by sunshinetours23/6/2014 at 8:40am
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If there is a genuine fear of heights I would definitely avoid the two bridges at Pont de Normanadie area. If driving they loom up in front of you like a theme park ride. AS said when you are on them you just look ahead if driving anyway and no issues

However what I would say there are quite a few viaducts and bridges on the main Calais to Normandy roads in general but none quite like that one

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Message posted by TickleMePink23/6/2014 at 10:59am
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Oh dear I empathise with him. I was towing last month when the bridge appeared in front of me unexpectedly and I almost had a trombo. It was all I could do to get to the other side without crying.

On the way home we made sure my OH was driving and I crossed both bridges with my eyes closed.

I hope you can find another way.

Message posted by RonPlatt23/6/2014 at 11:15am
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You need to go to Holland, good place for camping & flat so no viaducts. Holidays are for enjoyment, if you don't like heights you will love Holland.

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Message posted by camp chaos23/6/2014 at 9:12pm
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Aw thanks everyone! We wanted to go via Le Havre because of the cheapie Brittany Ferries route.

We have crossed the Dartford bridge...once...and probably never again!

I guess we need to decide between a more expensive crossing or a long detour.

Message posted by Bramston24/6/2014 at 7:59am
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You will notice the true height of Le Pont de Normandy if you cycle over it, but driving over it by car it seems hardly more then driving over an artificial hill.
Go for it and don't worry about it.

You could catch a Brittany Ferries boat direct to Ouestrum, close to Sword beach and avoid the Northern part of Normandie completely.


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Message posted by RonPlatt24/6/2014 at 8:14am
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If you really are that bothered about high bridges then why beat yourself up about it? Go around the M25 anticlockwise to avoid Dartford crossing, cross Dover-Dunkirk which is usually cheapest route to France & turn left through coastal Belguim & Holland, the whole area is mostly at sea level & loads of good campsites.

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Message posted by Frogman1424/6/2014 at 9:06am
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A friend of ours has a similar problem, and he did n't like the the bridges at all. There are actually 2 , one over the canal, and one over the river. Both rise quite steeply. Spectacular if you like that sort of thing.
Pont de Tancarville is the next one inland, and that is nowhere near as bad in that it is flat and quite short. It is not a big detour and I'm not      sure if they have reopened the toll booths, but it has been free for a few years, which helps towards the extra diesel.
We use the Britt Ferries Economie mainly because the sailing times are convenient from " up north" so I would suggest you plan your routes round Tancarville.
For the record the bridge after that is Brotonne which is also no problem re heights, and is handier for someonr coming down from Calais . Even further up the river is a car ferry, but that perhaps is best just for a day out.
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Message posted by sunshinetours24/6/2014 at 9:09am
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You have this one first


and then the Pont de Normandie view on approach


As I said if there is a genuine fear of bridges I would find another route. Its something people who don't have irational fears will not undestand

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I know how you husband feels! I faced exactly this problem 2 years ago when we sailed into Le Havre.

I have suffered with acrophobia for several years. It started in on the cliffs above Marseille quite unexpectedly and since then it crops up from time to time. Doesn't always give a problem ... have coped with the St Nazaire bridge several times without the slightest problem ... but when it strikes I am a quivering wreck! My car, being older and very lightweight, also sometimes makes it feel worse than if I was in a modern motor (not that I would ever change that!).

I allowed it to worry me for several months prior to the holiday but decided to tackle it head on. A friend of mine is a hypnotherapist, and he gave me some great help in the weeks leading up to the journey. I wont say that my acrophobia is completely cured, but I now have the ability to focus on the job in hand to achieve what I want to achieve - getting to my holiday destination.

I felt an enormous sense of achievement going over that bridge on the outward journey and was told that I didn't even have white knuckles as I marvelled at the amazing construction! I didn't even give the height a second thought on the way back!

It can be done but, if he doesn't feel confident that he can do it, find another route. And if it takes a bit longer and costs a bit more ... so what! You're on holiday so enjoy the journey whatever.

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Message posted by camp chaos24/6/2014 at 6:50pm
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That first picture is crazy - they should pay people to drive on the bridge, not the other way around!

I know what you mean about facing your fears and I'm not as bad as my husband...it would be lovely to go on it as, I agree, it's pretty damn impressive! However, it's very unlikely to happen...

We're also from Lancashire and it's a long drive so the cheapie Brittany Ferries route is the only way we can afford France. I've done a Google map street view today on the Pont de Tancarville and, as it doesn't seem to have a steep incline, it seems more suitable for us.

I'm so appreciative of all these replies, there's nothing like info straight from the cheval's (??) mouth!


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