simplest method of travel to Normandy is by Brittany Ferries
to Cherbourg from either Portsmouth or Poole:-
Portsmouth the day crossings to Cherbourg by ferry take 4¾ hours
and, from mid March until November, by Fastcraft 2¾ hours.
Poole the Ferry takes 4¼ hours and, from the end of May until the
beginning of October, the Fastcraft 2¼ hours.
time is a minimum of 45 minutes before the sailing time.
is cheaper to buy tickets "online" but they can also be booked by telephone
in Cherbourg the shortest route to La Grange is exactly twenty miles
from the ferry terminal along pleasant, easily driven roads. The roads
are slow by UK standards - but not busy - and to enjoy the drive to
the house you should allow forty minutes.
Chez Nous Travel Service (telephone 0870 192 1038) is often cited
as being the cheapest way to book the Portsmouth / Poole to Cherbourg
routes with Brittany Ferries. For bookings during 2008 you will need
to quote our advertisers reference " P14168 ". All cross Channel travel
booked through Chez Nous includes free car breakdown insurance (maximum
32 days of stay). For details of the policy cover please refer to their
"Getting to France" Travel Service booklet.
cheapest cross channel ferry operator is probably SpeedFerries
whose route is from Dover to Boulogne (50 minutes). Booked sufficiently
in advance the cost can be as low as £50 Return for a car and up to
five passengers. The distance from Boulogne to the house in Normandy
is however some 270 miles. Expect to drive in France for at least five
hours, although mainly along toll motorways and dual carriageways. Speedferries
telephone number is 01304 203000 although bookings can be made using
the website www.speedferries.com.
to Dieppe - Transmanche Ferries
to Calais (Train) - Eurotunnel
to Calais (Seacat) - Hoverspeed or (Ferry) P&O Ferries
to Dunkerque - Norfolk Lines
of various organisations (the AA for example) will enable you obtain
a discount on the full fare tariff charged by the ferry operators.
details regarding times of sailings and availability can found by looking
at any one of the many travel websites. Try any of the following:-
your insurance company that you will be driving in France and ensure that
your Policy Certificate clearly states - preferably in French as well
as English - that " … the insurance provided by this certificate meets
the compulsory insurance requirements of … France".
European Breakdown Cover (which can be purchased relatively cheaply from
the ferry operator at the time of booking your ticket).
a GB plate to the rear of the car.
night driving - obtain covers to mask dipped headlights.
with you (and have in the car with you at all times):-
Registration Document (V5) and a letter of authority from the owner
if it is not your vehicle.
Certificate (where appropriate).
Warranty / Guarantee documentation (if relevant).
details for Breakdown Cover (if purchased).
is also advisable to carry:-
of bulbs for all external lights (one of each type).
Limits - Unless otherwise marked, speed limits are usually 50 kph (31
mph) in towns, 90 kph (55 mph) on main roads and 110 kph (68 mph) on
dual carriageways. On motorways the speed limit will vary from 130kph
to 110 kph depending on the weather conditions. Always be on the lookout
for sudden reductions in speed limit as a long straight road enters
a village. The French Police are a great deal less tolerant nowadays
about "speeding Brits on holiday" although Normandy is still a very
relaxed place to be driving.
& Driving - DON'T - random breath tests are frequent.
Signs - Should be instantly recognisable but a 'priority from the right'
principle applies in many instances inside towns and on narrow country