Leeds to Quillan driving, where to stop off?
Ok to take my mind of the looming pain of my tooth extraction I would like to seek the knowledge of the STW collective.
My brother has a house in Quillan in southern france. Its on the edge of the pyrenees kinda between Tolouse and Perpinngon (sorry for the spelling my mouth hurts and I am on 4 different pain killers, five if you include whisky).
So we plan to drive there in the summer as a weeks road trip with the family. Currently best value crossing looks like Dover to Dunkirk.
I don't mind it taking a while to get there and there will definately be at least one overnight stop involved en-route. So what do people reccomend as where to stop off, what little diversions to take on the way down etc etc. France is new to me as a touring destination so all advice is welcome. The general plan is to set of from leeds on the sunday afternoon, and be back in Leeds by the end of the following saturday (so like 6 days in total) with probably 3-4 nights spent in my brothers place.
All advice welcome as this is the first roadtrip for clan CHB.Posted 7 years ago
I did Bradford – Perigeux in '95, went via Le Shuttle, so we drove from Calais. The route went something like this, if I remember correctly:
Calais – Boulogne – Abbeville – Rouen – Evreux – Dreux – Chartres – Orleans – Limoges – Brive-la-Gaillard – Perigeux, with an overnight stop in Dreux on the way out & Chartres on the way back. Fantastic cathedral in Chartres if that kind of thing floats your boat. Dreux was not much to look at but it was literally just an overnight stop.
Mostly fast N-routes rather than Autoroutes, so not much in the way of tolls, but the roads may have been upgraded since then
From Brive you'd carry on to Toulouse and then on to Quillan
just looked at the map, there are a lot of Autoroutes there now that weren't there then, especially the Orleans – Brive sectionPosted 7 years ago
You can do it in a day. We do lille to Perpignan in about 10 hours.
If you do want to stop, somewhere like Bourge is about 1/2 way and quite nice.
Personally I would boot it down and then do your travelling using Quillan as a base. ie Les Angles, Ax les Thermes, Andorra are within striking distance of Quillan.Posted 7 years agoBigJohnSubscriber
Get a Formule 1 booklet and when you are within an hour of needing to stop phone ahead and book a room.
When we drive to the alps we always figure out where we're going to be by 10pm and book a place there. There's usually a cheap good restaurant on the same site so we park, eat drink sleep and can be off again at 5am.Posted 7 years ago
You can do it in a day once you get to France, yes.
Leeds to Dover is a good 5-6 hours on top of that – I wouldn't want to be driving for 16 hours in one go with just a short break for the channel crossing. That's why I chose to break at Dreux rather than keep going
Longest I've spent behind the wheel was 9 hours, Vancouver to Lake Louise. That's plenty long enoughPosted 7 years agoocriderMember
You should seriously take the loop south of Paris via Rouen, Chartres and Orleans like john_drummer suggested. But, I would then take the A71 + A75 past Clermont Ferrand to Millau – Its a really nice drive and you get to go over over that little bridge – then on to Beziers(final bit opening up for this summer)
If I were to drive down from Yorkshire, I would consider one of the overt'night ferry crossings like Portsmouth to Caen and get a cabin. You could do the second part of the journey easily in a day even if not pushing it. France might be a bigger country, but the the transport network is second to none.
You didnt say if you were taking your bike!Posted 7 years ago
have a look at the some of the trails around Quillan
I love it down there. A mate has a place above Quillan near Nebias.
The routes on the guide here are pretty good for starters.
Theres also some awesome stuff on the IGN maps that isnt strictly legit like this decent into Quillan itself 🙂
the bar in the square at the bottom:
Dont forget the Blanquette de Limoux – much better than champagne.
I think Ive got some google kmz file ssomewhere, as well as a marked up IGN which I could photograph if you want. just email me.Posted 7 years ago
stoner………..and your bike is parked outside another bar, by the river.
spent a week in that area (axat) last may with the roadbikes.
got pis5ed twice inthe very bar in your picture.
the landlord bloke is a big rugby league fan too……… 😆
and the river that runs down the gorge from axat to quillan is the onei nearly drowned in when whitewater rafting.Posted 7 years ago
I didnt think there'd be a river deep enough for you ton… 🙂
Couldnt make it to Quillan this year as too much to do on the buildiing site so only went to Brittany. Normally the family and I like to get a month or so in the SW of France but Aude is definitely my favourite bit.Posted 7 years agomrsflashMember
+2 3? for a recommendation for the area, it's lovely. Really unspoiled and fantastic scenery.
We were there a few years ago:Posted 7 years ago
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