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can you sail from anywhere on s coast of england to somewhere on the west coast of france?

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HappypillsGalore Thu 21-Aug-08 16:01:15

all i can see are sailings either to the north or right down to bilbao/santander...

your help appreciated.

HappypillsGalore Thu 21-Aug-08 20:16:18

bump in case any evening people know

SqueakyPop Thu 21-Aug-08 20:17:31

You can sail from Poole to Cherbourg. There are also sailings to St Malo and Roscoff, but I can't remember from where in England

MegBusset Thu 21-Aug-08 20:19:00

You mean by ferry? Not that I know of -- you'd have to drive from one of the Channel ports. Where are you hoping to get to?

MegBusset Thu 21-Aug-08 20:20:34

I think you can get from Portsmouth to St Malo. To Roscoff only from Plymouth, I think. St Malo down to the west coast isn't that far a drive, I think.

Milliways Thu 21-Aug-08 20:22:21

You can drive to the Vendee in around 4 hours from Caen/Cherbourg - which is quicker than a ferry would be!

SqueakyPop Thu 21-Aug-08 20:50:16

You can also go from Portsmouth to Le Havre

amummi Thu 21-Aug-08 20:52:40


zippitippitoes Thu 21-Aug-08 20:54:00

i was so disappointed when i opned this thread i was all excited thinkingt of passage planning

and you meant a bloody ferry

WendyWeber Thu 21-Aug-08 21:02:13

There are local ferries from the Channel Islands to France which maybe go into the W? Will google...

WendyWeber Thu 21-Aug-08 21:05:15

Oh no, they don't, just to different ports in Normandy - manche iles

WendyWeber Thu 21-Aug-08 21:08:08

Condor Ferries do a highspeed service to St Malo from Poole or Portsmouth & then it's a relatively short drive south.

TigerFeet Thu 21-Aug-08 21:10:43

I sailed from Portsmouth to Cherbourg - but about 10 years ago so not sure if you still can

I thought the same zip - "ooh how exciting" thought I.

WendyWeber Thu 21-Aug-08 21:11:48

Yes, you still can - Brittany Ferries do most of the Western Channel routes, Condor mop up the rest.

SqueakyPop Thu 21-Aug-08 21:29:39

When we last did this, we were aiming for our destination in southern Brittany with a stop off in St Malo. We took the Fast Cat from Poole to Cherbourg and then drove to St Malo. In retrospect, I would have preferred to go direct to St Malo as the trip down wasn't great - the RN from Cherbourg south is very rural and you are easily caught behind a tractor. Once into Brittany and the turn off to St Malo, it is just a huge traffic queue. It would have been so nice to avoid this.

IIRC, we had a 7.30 Fastcat from Poole, and only arrive in St Malo at 5pm. We did get stuck in a traditional restuarant in Coutances for a 2hr lunch shock.

I'm not sure what the price differnce would have been, but would have been happy to pay £30-£50 extra to sail straight into St Malo and avoid the Contentin.

However, Brittany Ferries is fab - much better than P&O.

HappypillsGalore Thu 21-Aug-08 21:41:44

oh hi!
sorry been packing for w/end away (diff thing)

well im trying to work out the easiest way to get to nr bezier (between carcasonne and montpellier)

st malo isnt south! i spose if i just hop the channel and rive down it'll be the simplest...

i was kinda hoping thered be like the bilbao line, where you stay overnight and its a nice ship and kind of exciting... it still is a possibility to go that way i guess...

but then, browsing the site for it, its pretty pricey, and bilbao/basque region is a destination of itself, so easier to go there, stay a few days and come back i guess...

WendyWeber Thu 21-Aug-08 21:43:09

Oh if you want Carcassone it'll have to be Bilbao, which is a bloody long time & bloody expensive.

I would do fly-drive meself smile

HappypillsGalore Thu 21-Aug-08 21:46:02

yeah, i spose...
[unexcited face]
me, dp, and a 5, 4 and 2yo... dont fancy an airport if i can help it...

ok, so who knows of a TRULY small child friendly house or gite or summat, within a couple of hours drive of a port... available for october half term then??

WendyWeber Thu 21-Aug-08 21:47:10

18th or 25th?

HappypillsGalore Thu 21-Aug-08 21:51:12


ChippyMinton Thu 21-Aug-08 21:56:50

go by train?

WendyWeber Thu 21-Aug-08 22:01:21

Well, can't manage to guarantee child-friendly but this near St Malo is about £300 your week (plus ferry) - something like that any good or do you really want to go south?

HappypillsGalore Thu 21-Aug-08 22:01:52

ooh, train looks fun!
id love that. the boys would love that.
i suspect dp would not love that, sadly.
hes an awkward sod fussy bugger when it comes to travel. unpredictable too...

HappypillsGalore Thu 21-Aug-08 22:03:13

actually thats not bad wendy. indoor pool sounds lockable, and warm.

think dp had his mind set on warm weather tho...

aznerak Thu 21-Aug-08 22:06:59

train is lovely way to travel down. many guests this year did that
Eurostar to Paris, TGV direct from Paris to Beziers

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