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Subject Topic: Advice on travelling to the Dordogne pls Post Reply Post New Topic
05/6/2019 at 12:20pm
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We are heading to the Dordogne this summer, was just hoping for some advice on how long it takes to get from Roscoff to the Sarlat area? We'll be landing at 8am and I don't know whether to try the trip in one go or break it up?
On the way back I'm definitely looking for a stopover that would leave us just a couple of hours from Roscoff. We wouldn't want to camp, so a simple hotel would be great.
All advice gratefully received thank you.


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Via Michelin says anout 460 miles and reckons the very best you will take is about 9 hours 30 minutes - that's probably optimistic, doesn't add in stops, and is solo, not towing a caravan . Do you have two drivers on board? 460 miles is too far for me with just one driver.

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It's over 500 miles, do you want to do that distance in one day? Are you camping on way down if you break the journey? if so This site may help you choose a site.

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05/6/2019 at 1:58pm
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If you sail overnight to St Malo, I think the ferry docks at 7am, it is then approx. 430 miles to Sarlat. Easily done in one day. Also most of the way is motorway and from memory not much of it is paege!


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05/6/2019 at 3:23pm
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I live near Sarlat and always use the overnight crossing from Portsmouth to Caen (Ouistreham).

It's 400 miles - the absolute limit I want to do in a day- mainly motorway - but takes me at least 7 and a half hours, and sometimes a good hour and a half more.

I'd guess the journey from Roscoff will be at the very least 2 hours more - assuming coming down to Nantes then towards Bordeaux - the journey from the motowray near Libourne through to Sarlat will take nigh on 2 1/2 hours.

Coming down I'd be looking to find somewhere near Saintes, going back maybe between Nantes and Vannes or Nantes and Rennes depending which way you're going.

Coming down to the Dordogne I would never recommend coming via Roscoff unless nothing else available.


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05/6/2019 at 6:38pm
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With the nine and a half hours indicated by vbia Michelin (3 alternatives) ... I'd aim to break the trip at Angers or Saumur ... you could try a Formule 1 cheap overnighter ... or similar.

The fastest route is motorway via Bordeaux ... 8 hrs 45 mins with 50 odd euros in tolls.

If you are a two driver set up, then you could do it in one bash ...


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We've just returned from the Dordogne, and whilst I can't answer your question about Roscoff this was our travelling experience:

We made the journey down from the English Midlands over two full days, travelling on the Dover-Calais ferry and stopping overnight at Neufchatel-en-Bray. Day 1 was 335 miles and about 7.5 hours driving, plus the 90-minute ferry crossing. Day 2 was 420 miles and 8.5 hours driving plus breaks. Long, but easy (if boring) driving along miles and miles of autoroute and bearable with only 2 adults in the car.

Coming back wasn't so great. We decided to return via Somme Bay (465 miles) and the sat nav tried to send us via Paris and the A86 tunnels - which we didn't know were height restricted. (Previous experience has shown us not to rely on the sat nav when towing, but we never learn.) This issue and other delays meant that our total journey time, including breaks was over 11 hours. I would not want to do this again.

On the basis of this experience I would suggest that your planned journey of about 500 miles from Roscoff is borderline - all you need is one delayed ferry or traffic hold-up to scupper it. I would recommend either a stopover or an alternative ferry route.

If you need a suggestion of somewhere to stay in the Dordogne, the Camping Le Paradis site (about half an hour's drive from Sarlat) is utterly, utterly fabulous.

https://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=7606

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10/6/2019 at 8:28pm
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Thanks for all the posts so far, lots of useful info.
We are coming via Roscoff because we live in Cardiff and i would far rather do more driving in France where the roads are quieter than drive across to Portsmouth along the horrible M3 / M27!
We will definitely break up the journey both ways having seen the advice, just need to find some reasonable hotels.
Thank you / Merci / Diolch


10/6/2019 at 11:28pm
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The M3 / M27 leg is only about 30 miles and if you're getting an evening crossing, traffic is pretty light - I'd have thought the M4 Cardiff / Newport is busier (my parents lived near Cardiff (Sully) and I've done that route regularly).

I use Portsmouth from Sheffield after we've been back to visit family and once we're past Oxford and on the A34 it's a breeze.


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Quote: Originally posted by hobbits on 10/6/2019
Thanks for all the posts so far, lots of useful info.
We are coming via Roscoff because we live in Cardiff and i would far rather do more driving in France where the roads are quieter than drive across to Portsmouth along the horrible M3 / M27!
We will definitely break up the journey both ways having seen the advice, just need to find some reasonable hotels.
Thank you / Merci / Diolch


Hi, we caravan so overnights are easier. When not taking the van have used B&B hotels.
https://www.hotel-bb.com/en/home.htm


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11/6/2019 at 7:04am
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Quote: Originally posted by hobbits on 10/6/2019
Thanks for all the posts so far, lots of useful info.
We are coming via Roscoff because we live in Cardiff and i would far rather do more driving in France where the roads are quieter than drive across to Portsmouth along the horrible M3 / M27!
We will definitely break up the journey both ways having seen the advice, just need to find some reasonable hotels.
Thank you / Merci / Diolch



There are plenty of budget hotels near to the main roads - so if you know where you're going to be you can book an overnight stop. If you don't know, then generally it's still possible to find a hotel once you stop. Choose a complex where there are several - often located on the routes into/out of towns just off the autoroute where you'll probably find three or four in the same area. To find a hotel to pre-book the easist way is to choose your town and then look on booking.com. They offer a complete range from the most budget to very expensive chateaux! Always choose something with a good review score. Even expensive hotels can be disappointing sometimes.


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