Driving to the Alps
You don’t say where you are setting off from, but its only 8 or so hours drive from Calais.
And it’s nothing like spending 8 hours on UK roads. Far easier and less effort.
I’ve done it many times on my own from York and I certainly wouldn’t waste time doing an overnight stop.Posted 4 years ago
With more than one driver it would be a lot easier obviously.SanchoMember
for me I prefer to stop in France and go through the tunnel at night, but best place for me is near Reime where you can pick up a few cases of Champagne, or a palce called Bone,(not sure on the spelling) which was an amazing place, stopped a couple of days. It’s raison d’etre is wine, loved the place and the vinyard cycle pathPosted 4 years ago
Cheers guys. We have a flat booked Sat to Sat but we have both since managed to get the Friday off. We thought leaving a day early and stopping over would extend our holiday and leave us less tired. Our biggest worry is our bikes. Beaune sounds ideal but we need somewhere safe to store a few thousand pounds worth of bikes. We are going in a Ford Focus and the bikes will be on the roof.Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
As above 8 hours from tunnel so a days drive. When I’ve stopped it’s tended to be at French side of the tunnel (Formule 1) having got a late crossing having been at work during the day. It totally depends on when you’ll get through the tunnel – if you drive till dinner stay somewhere then an early start would get ou to resort just after lunch. I would not stay anywhere with bikes on roof
So when will you get to French side of tunnel ?
Beaune is lovely btw, heart of the Burgandy wine region and some interesting xc riding through vineyards plus national park “next door”
Edit: if you have Friday off why not leave Thur after work, stop at F1 in France overnight and arrive PDS on Friday evening – an extra night somewhere will be cheap and get another days riding ?Posted 4 years ago
I’m just going through the process of booking a hotel for doing exactly the same thing (only we’re further south in the Alps).
Stayed in a place called Chaumont before which was a nice town for a wander round, something to eat and a few drinks. Take the bikes in the room with you (stay in a budget place and you probably won’t see any staff!)
Also stayed in Beaune, it’s lovely as others have said. We only had an afternoon wandering round, didn’t do the place justice really, could do with having a day or two seeing the sights.Posted 4 years ago
We will be travelling from Bucks so Hull is probably a bit of a detour 😀Posted 4 years ago
While it sounds great to leave on the Thursday, my alarm goes off at 0500 and Mr TW an hour later. We won’t get home until late, so realistically we won’t be leaving until Friday morning.
Formula 1 looks cheap and if we can take our bikes into our room that would be perfect. We are thinking we will stop about Troyes. Then we can enjoy a slow journey with lots of photo stops on the Sat.trail_ratMember
aye we are doing dundee – newcastle – Sleep – amsterdam – somewhere near lyon….. in july.
looking forward to the biking , not looking forward to driving all that way.
how ever for 3 weeks and the ability to take both mtb and road bikes and move around it should be worth it 😀Posted 4 years agoEcky-ThumpMember
You lot are going soft!
Just done Preston to Garda 1200 miles non-stop.
Morning at work so don’t need to use a day’s holiday.
Set off early afternoon – Tunnel for 9pm – Driving again by 11pm local.
Only stop to refuel, change drivers at 800 miles (two tanks).
Arrive Garda 11am – ready for uplift shuttle before 12 noon.
Previously, on route to Mega and needing to get some shut-eye, I’ve just crashed-out in a bivi bag on the Aires de service for a few hours. There’s always somewhere quiet and grassy.
Also, +1 for the Hull-Rotterdam overnight ferry if you’re in the North. We use this most years for family ski trips to Dolomites. On the raod for 9am – arrive in time for evening meal.Posted 4 years ago
Chrismac – I think that’s called Aire du Poulet de Bresse near Bourg en Bresse.
dantsw – depends on the vehicle and when you’re travelling. £301 for us return in the Tunnel. £168 for the ferry – we’re in a Vivaro van and travelling the first week of the school summer hols so it may make a difference. Ferry is good for a breakfast stop too, tunnel is good if you’re in a hurry.Posted 4 years agomonkey_boyMember
we did it stupid looking back we had a 7pm chunnel then drove through the night and ended up bolloxed and had to pull into a god awful service station and slept for a few hours.
its longer than you think!
defo do a proper stop over
the roads are waaaaay better over there though, no lane hogging etc.Posted 4 years agoblandMember
Two drivers min and insist the 2nd driver gets rest when not driving!
Be careful sleeping in aires! We stopped in one in an lev with 10 of us scattered about in and out of the van, one of the guys woke up with someone’s arm through the side window rifling through a bag! They know you are knackerd so really do try it on!
The tunnel is worth the extra, it really does save about 4 hrs by the time you factor on arriving, waiting, boarding, waiting to sail, sailing, unloading etc and on a journey of that length it’s worth missing that faffPosted 4 years ago
If anyone is looking for a nice place to stay within an easy drive from Calais Tunnel/Ferry then I would recommend Arras.
It’s an Hour easy drive from/to Calais. There is an Ibis right in the Centre, loads of nice bars and restaurants and a pretty amazing little town centre to have a wander round too.
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