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Subject Topic: Driving from London to Paris Post Reply Post New Topic
09/8/2005 at 3:58pm
 Location: Liverpool
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Can anyone tell me if it's a good idea to drive fron London to Paris via Dover ferry crossing with tourer,wife and two young kids without an overnight stop? First timer abroad towing - should I plan an overnight stop somewhere or I am being over cautious?


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09/8/2005 at 4:50pm
 Location: Kent
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Hi have your thought of the train ........ you pick that up at Cheriton just outside Folkestone and quicker than ferry

Never done it .... so can't help any more ....... hope you have a good trip



09/8/2005 at 4:56pm
 Location: West - North Yorkshire
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We've done Leeds to Paris without an overnight stop, so don't worry - and that was on a whim when we left my camera behind in a restaurant in Fontainbleau during a postal strike!!!!  We had a voucher for Eurotunnel, so just set off one morning and drove down!  It's only about an hour and a half to Dover from you, say 1 half hours crossing (plus one hour to add for French time), then four (ish) hours to Paris.  Make sure you avoid rush hour on the M25 - so an early morning start might be a good idea, children might fall back to sleep in the car, then you've breakfast on the boat, and arrive around Paris for a late lunch.  Have you a site in mind - and what time of year are you planning? 


10/8/2005 at 9:51am
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We're actually starting from Liverpool, planning an overnight stop in London area then doing the 'London to Paris' trip using the ferry(my wife has a phobia of trains and tunnels). Disneyland, in July/August 2006, is our main reason for the trip so our site is likely to be 4-Vents just outside Paris. Any suggestions of a journey plan are most welcome. 


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10/8/2005 at 11:10am
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We've just come back from our first trip to France, 4 vents was the first stop on out journey. So all together we drove for 18 hours with only toilet stops. We got lost trying to find 4 vents, the French road signs in the Paris area take time getting used to, we got there in the end.

If we do it again, I'd stop in England for the night before doing the ferry Paris trip. 4 Vents is a really lovely site, the pitches are really big, the only bad points are the showers - you press the buttom and you get about 5 seconds of water, so keep your hand on the knob and the pool has no shallow end and is freezing, no matter how hot it is outside. Ther is also a huge hypermarket about 10 mins drive from 4 vents, we found that the best place for shopping.

 

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10/8/2005 at 11:56am
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i would go down the m6 and then across the a14 and m11 andthen its only a short bit on the m25 once over the bridge go to sevenoaks theres a c & cc site there, then take the m2 to dover, however it takes 6 1/2 hrs driving straight down to dover/folkestone so if you can manage that there is always the c & cc site at folkestone, it a nice site and only 10 mins from the ferry you can actually watch them on the site go into the harbour we found that bolongne was a lovely place and the roads around there were nt to intimidating for the first timer, and just used the quieter roads away from the motorway untill we felt more relaxed, i actually find it easier to drive on the other  side than ours it seems to be more natural, so much so, i forgot when we got back to the uk!!!!!


10/8/2005 at 1:08pm
 Location: Kent
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Hi spidey77 .. if you come down past the Dartford tunnel ....... just off the M20 is Thriftwood  it's a lovely site ... we went there last Sept on a mini meet ......... and only an hour and half from Dover

Both M20 & M2 go from Dartford Tunnel to Dover ...... but for some reason a lot of route planners start on M2 then direct you over to M20 (which can be a pain at times) ...... as motorway go the M20 is a nice one - which is a relief after doing the M25

As Tentmad says if you make it all the way down ...... there are two sites in Wearbay Road Folkestone ... they are set in the cliffs and have a great view of the channel - great for chilling after long drive

Little Switzerland     and    The Warren  which is only yds below Little Swiss both sites cater for ferry campers



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10/8/2005 at 7:18pm
 Location: Edinburgh
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I've done Edinburgh to the Dordogne (1100 miles) before without a stop so London to Paris should be no problem. What I tend to do is try and do the busier parts of the route (all of it in your case!) done at night.

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14/8/2005 at 10:00pm
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Sorry, bit late posting a comment on this.  Just got back from France. We went from Cheshire to 4-vents via Dover-Calais.  Stopped over at M-way services near Ashford.

Regarding route planner - try www.autoroute.fr, this gives you a route, little pictures of the M-way signs to follow and works out the toll for you.  We used it with great success.

4-vents is fairly easy to find (we found) using the directions from Caravan Club; except that they say to turn left at the monument on the D231 then go 2miles.  Actually it's go straight on at the monument an turning is 2.6miles on right hand side.

hope that's of help.  Cheers

 



16/8/2005 at 4:49pm
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We did Reading to Gien (100 miles south of Paris) in 8 hours door to door (or door to zip!) and we used the tunnel. I would recommend M20, Tunnel and the following website for travel in France.

http://www.viamichelin.com/viamichelin/gbr/tpl/hme/MaHomePage.htm

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18/8/2005 at 10:43am
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Paris is about 3 hour drive from Calais. Motor ways are good and not crammed like at home.



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24/8/2005 at 4:55pm
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Thanks for all your replies - I will let you know how we get on

Cheers



24/8/2005 at 5:19pm
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Hi there, we have juts come back from the Dordogne and we managed to get down there by 7pm stating on the 7am ferry from Dover, so I would say, no get it done get there, really not to bad a drive at all.  Motorways are fine, really clear and very easy, not like here at all.

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I too traveled from Cheshire to 4-Vents this July. I set off at midnight and caught the eurotunnel at about 6am. Once in France the drive from Calais to 4-vents is pretty quick, only about 3 hours. Like some I got lost right at the end and took a while to find the campsite. The campsite is excellent by the way and the trip to Disney very easy and only 15 mins. I also encountered the 5 second showers!



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