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Message posted by sennen26 on 07/1/2019 at 12:13am
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We have a 10.30pm sailing on the 20th Jan car and caravan. Does anyone know what the earliest time we can get there, I have looked on there website but it talks about guilt story car park or early morning departure not overnight crossing. I looked for a site but because of late crossing would have to pay for Saturday and Sunday night and the ccost came in at £15+ per night.


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Not sure why you would need an overnight site. Lincoln to Portsmouth is about 210-220 miles and you could do that in about 5 1/2 hours with stops. I think the booths open about 1 1/2 hours before sailing but you could arrive before that and just park in a lane approaching the departure booths. There is a terminal building at Portsmouth now were you could get something to eat.
Departing early afternoon (2pm ish) would get you there for about 7.30 to 8pm.

Travelling on a Sunday should present you with few traffic problems. Weather wise may be different.

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Last time we used the 1030pm sailing we arrived about 5pm - there were already 20+ caravans and mh there so don't think you would have a problem arriving from mid afternoon onwards.


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We arrived at approx. 4pm last summer for a 10pm sailing and were fine. You just line up in the lane they allocate you and visit the cafe!

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Agree with HarryB, plenty of room to park up in lane and chill before the booths open so no need for overnight stop and more money to spend on holiday. Win-win situation.

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Thanks for your info we will go down on the Sunday then.
We like to leave plenty of times as a couple of years ago it took 7 hours to get to southampton as 3 majour roads were closed due to accidents so we like to allow plenty of time.

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Hi we use the Portsmouth ferry and always stay on the port car park overnight.

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Youíre allowed in the lines to queue (or to park up overnight) as soon as boarding has closed for the previous ferry.

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Quote: Originally posted by bofs on 07/1/2019
Youíre allowed in the lines to queue (or to park up overnight) as soon as boarding has closed for the previous ferry.



Thatís just what I was going to say! Look at the departure time of the previous ferry and as long as you arrive after that, you will be fine.

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i understand if you arrive late the previous evening for an early morning crossing you can stay in the terminal car park but if you arrive the previous day for a late crossing you would be waiting an awful long time to board your ferry. i dont fully understand why you would want to stay in a fery terminal for 24h? maybe stay in a local campsite in the new forrest for the night before then drive to the terminal and wait like i did.


i arrived in august at about 6pm for the 10.45 over night crossing. i was the first caravan next to the booth. the people boarding the earlier ferry went through the booth next to me. i arrived that early because i was worried about traffic problems etc and we normally go via plymouth and it takes 4h to drive there. anyway we left our car and my son and i walked to the nearest fish and chip shop, on the housing estate behind the blocks of flats opposite the port, via the ubnderpass and pelican crossing. we fetched tea. our ferry was delayed until 11.50 anyway because of some aircraft carrier coming in to the port so we boarded late but arrived on time so we lost an hours rest in the cabin.

if you go to some of the basic campsites in the new forrest they are warden less so you could leave as late as you like. this place, ocknell campsite, used to be warden free but it was a long time since i stayed there.

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https://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/england/new-forest/ocknell-campsitehttp://https://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/england/new-forest/ocknell-campsite

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tThank you Baileyjake for your suggestions. We are coeliacs so cannot use any chips shops/takerways so we need to eat in our van and we can not find any sites open in the area this early in the season. We will go down on the Sunday but it might take us 4 hours or 8 hours depending on traffic/accidents so wondered what the earlist we could gwt there.


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Have a look at Dibles caravan site, cracking facilities and just 13 miles away from the docks

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