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Hi ye,

just wondering if anyone has a good guesstimate of how long the trip would take midweek during the day?

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0.00 Start out at Holyhead,Isle Of Anglesey A5 0.00
0.03 At traffic signals turn left onto the A55 (signposted Bangor) A55 0.03
0.13 At A55 Junction 1 roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A55 (signposted Bangor) A55 0.16
20.78 Britannia Bridge A55 20.94
0.63 Continue forward onto the A55. Entering Bangor A55 21.57
10.17 At Junction 15 roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A55 (signposted Conwy) A55 31.75
2.85 At Junction 16 roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A55 (signposted Conwy) A55 34.60
1.60 Penmaenbach Tunnel A55 36.20
2.26 Conwy Tunnel A55 38.46
2.75 Continue forward onto the A55. Entering Colwyn Bay A55 41.21
28.80 Travelodge (Halkyn) A55 70.01
2.77 Continue forward onto the A55. Entering Northop Hall A55 72.78
0.23 Travelodge (Chester - Northop Hall) A55 73.00
1.47 Take left-hand lane and branch left, then merge onto the A55 (signposted Chester) A55 74.48
3.46 Continue forward onto the A55. Entering Broughton A55 77.93
6.50 Continue forward onto the A55. Entering Chester A55 84.44
1.62 Branch left, then at roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Tarvin Road - A51 (signposted Nantwich, Birmingham M6) A51 86.06
2.04 Gowy Service Station A51 88.09
1.15 At Tarvin roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A51 (signposted Nantwich) Entering Tarvin A51 89.24
2.15 Continue forward onto Tarporley Road - A51. Entering Duddon A51 91.40
0.09 "The Headless Woman" public house A51 91.49
1.03 "The Bulls Head" public house A51 92.53
1.62 At roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A49 (signposted Whitchurch) A49 94.14
1.56 Continue forward onto the A51 A51 95.70
2.55 Continue forward onto the A51. Entering Calveley A51 98.25
2.11 Continue forward onto Chester Road - A51. Entering Barbridge A51 100.36
0.50 Continue forward onto the A51. Entering Hurleston A51 100.87
1.40 At Burford Crossroads turn left (signposted Stone) A51 102.26
1.42 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A500 (signposted M6, Stoke-on-Trent) A500 103.68
0.54 At roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A500 (signposted M6, Stoke-on-Trent) A500 104.22
0.99 At roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A500 (signposted M6, Stoke-on-Trent) Entering Willaston A500 105.21
0.60 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A500 A500 105.81
2.28 At roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A500 (signposted M6, Stoke-on-Trent) A500 108.10
1.21 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A500 (signposted M6, Stoke-on-Trent) A500 109.31
1.19 At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A500 (signposted M6, Stoke-on-Trent) A500 110.50
2.14 Travelodge (Crewe Barthomley) A500 112.64
0.02 At roundabout take the 4th exit, then join the M6 motorway (signposted Birmingham)
TRAFFIC BLACKSPOT - Call 401100 from your mobile M6 112.66
6.48 Keele Service Area (WELCOME BREAK) M6 119.14
10.72 Stafford Service Area (ROADCHEF) and Travelodge M6 129.86
15.44 Take right hand lanes to join toll motorway M6 TOLL (signposted The South M6 Toll) M6 TOLL 145.30
5.13 Norton Canes Service Area (ROAD CHEF) M6 TOLL 150.42
8.53 M6 Toll Plaza M6 TOLL 158.96
8.78 Continue forward onto the M42 (signposted The South West M5) M42 167.74
1.03 At Junction 7A take right hand lanes to merge onto M6 (signposted London North and East M1, Coventry North and East) M6 168.77
8.35 Corley Service Area (WELCOME BREAK) M6 177.12
16.05 Continue forward onto the M6 (signposted M1 London, Northampton)
TRAFFIC BLACKSPOT - Call 401100 from your mobile M6 193.17
1.44 Continue forward onto the M1 M1 194.60
6.33 Watford Gap Service Area (ROAD CHEF) M1 200.94
10.45 Northampton Service Area (ROAD CHEF) M1 211.38
12.45 Newport Pagnell Service Area (WELCOME BREAK) M1 223.84
14.76 Travelodge - Toddington M1 Service Area (MOTO) M1 238.59
16.96 Leave the M1 at junction 6A (signposted Harlow, Dartford Tunnel, Heathrow Airport), then join the M25 motorway (signposted M1 London, Watford)
TRAFFIC BLACKSPOT - Call 401100 from your mobile M25 255.56
8.00 South Mimms Service Area (WELCOME BREAK) M25 263.55
32.02 Travelodge - Thurrock M25 Service Area (MOTO) M25 295.57
0.01 Continue forward onto the A282 A282 295.58
0.03 Continue forward onto the A282.
TRAFFIC BLACKSPOT - Call 401100 from your mobile A282 295.61
4.91 Leave the A282 at junction 2 (signposted Canterbury, London, M2), then at roundabout take the 1st exit, then merge onto the A2 (signposted Canterbury, M2) A2 300.51
6.10 Junction with A227 A2 306.61
3.58 Take right-hand lanes onto the M2 (signposted M2 Dover, Channel Tunnel, Canterbury, Chatham) M2 310.20
5.44 Leave the M2 at junction 3 (signposted Chatham, Maidstone), then at The Taddington Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A229 (signposted Chatham, Rochester, Maidstone) A229 315.64
0.72 At Lord Lees Roundabout take the 1st exit, then merge onto the A229 (signposted Maidstone) A229 316.37
2.25 Branch left (signposted London, Ashford M20), then at roundabout take the 1st exit, then join the M20 motorway (signposted Ashford, Channel Tunnel, Dover) M20 318.61
32.93 Leave the M20 at junction 13 (signposted Folkestone), then at roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A20. Entering Folkestone A20 351.54
0.41 At roundabout take the 1st exit onto Churchill Avenue - A259 (signposted Harbour) A259 351.96
0.33 At roundabout take the 1st exit onto Churchill Avenue - A259 A259 352.29
0.73 At roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Canterbury Road - A259 (signposted Hythe, Hastings) A259 353.02
0.75 Bear left A2033 353.77
0.09 Arrive at Folkestone,Kent A2033 353.85
- Section time 6:44, Total time 6:44 - -
 

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Thats about right maybe a little optimistic as the m25 is a bastard of a road, between 6-7.5 hours would be what i would have said.
It all depends on what sort of speed you cruise at on the clear roads
FYI they will most prob stop you and detain you over night if caught over 100 mph
 

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I agree with ya Richard, I use the AA driving directions whenever I'm in the UK and they do work a treat.
But there is no way you can do it in the time given. The last time I used it was from Manchester to Holyhead, the directions and milage where perfect and said that it would take 2.5 hours. I was hitting the road at about 80 - 90 (km's of course
) and it took me 3 hours.

So be warned
 

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Cheers lads,

hoping to do Le Mans this year, just trying to work out schedules!

work on 7-8.5hrs just to be safe...

any seasoned euro travellers know a quicker way to France?


was banking on the tunnel as there seems to be a run every 2hrs approx...
 

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I drive to the south of France every year and it definitley works out better to get the ferry from Rosslare to Cherbourg.
I know it takes 18 hours, but the travel times are perfect.
You get the ferry from rosslare at 4 in the afternoon, then something to eat, a few pints then a good nights sleep. The ferry arrives in cherbourg at 10 in the morning and you should be in La Mans mid afternoon.
Works out a hell of a lot cheaper too.
 

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if you are driving in England be aware if youre coming out of service stations not to take the wrong turn, thoes motor ways all look the same.....
for example if youre driving from Pembroke to Oxford and youre nearly out of Wales so you decide to turn
into a service station between Cardiff and Bristol because you had been on the move for over 10 hours and when leaving the station you take the wrong exit and double back onyoureself nearly all the way back to Pembroke..........
not that anybody would be that stuipd...
 

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have done the direct to France before but I can find a ferry time to suit midweek so it kinda rules it out


benkenobi your preaching to the converted, went to Kirkistown before and ended up takin the ferry 3 TIMES!
 

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QUOTE (fivepint @ Jan 4 2006, 09:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>was banking on the tunnel as there seems to be a run every 2hrs approx...

they run more often than 2hrs. Book a landbridge with stena if your going this route its much cheaper than booking individually. You have to book a time for the train but if you arive early they will let you get an earlier train.

By the way the channel tunnell isone expensive car park around leMan time

http://public.fotki.com/WRC/eurotrip_05/
 

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Where are you traveling from Fivepint?
And when is La Mans on?
 

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Will be heading from Dublin, its on the weekend of the 17-18th June, hopefully can start travelling on the 15th... planning on heading to the ring after for a lap or two
then home...

cheers for the advice lads
 

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I drove the Corrado over to the Karmann Factory in Onsnabruck Germany last September and went via Holyhead - Folkstone too.

Landed in Holyhead at 12:30am and drove like a c&nt through the night with no traffic, 90 - 100mph all the way. Stopped once for a dirty sandwich at some roadchef, terrible nosh too. Didn't land at Folkestone till 6:30am. Wrecked tired too.

When coming back.......landed in Folkstone at 9am................7:30pm got to Holyhead. 3 hour traffic jams around that M25. Make sure you leave enough time for delays lad!

Also done a few days at the Nurburg ring too. The Corrado Club UK are planning another trip again this year too. Reckon I'll be going again. Brilliant holiday last year! Corrados ahoy!

 

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Heres a suggestion.....
Works out cheaper than the landbridge too. If you don't want a cabin it works out at €470 for 2 people
And no I don't work for Irish Ferries


Outward Rosslare to Roscoff
Inbound Cherbourg to Rosslare

Out Wed 14-Jun-06 Departing 17:00 Arriving 11:00
Return Mon 19-Jun-06 Departing 18:00 Arriving 11:30

Pax Adult x 2
Vehicles Car - Standard size under 1.90m High
Cabins 2 Bed Ensuite Upper x 1: 848

Outward 300.00 EUR
Return 314.00 EUR
Total Price 614.00 EUR
Amount Due 614.00 EUR
 

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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Thanks Brian
, where did u get the info, most of the ferry sites Ive tried kept giving an error, looking for a later return as i want to do the Nurburgring when im on the continent
 

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We went at le mans time last year and our landbridge was €590.

We got the 9.30pm hss from dublin and left holyhead at 12.30 and were in folkestown around 6(included half an hour stop at services and going straight through london and getting lost for about half an hour). We didnt bother with A5 at night, looks shorter route v motorway but its single rd most of way and full of towns so stick to motorway.

One thing about ring though is that its unlikely to be open at the weekend around then. It didnt open till 6pm the evening we were there and only stayed open till 8 or 9.
Gives opening times here
 

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QUOTE (fivepint @ Jan 4 2006, 05:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks Brian
, where did u get the info, most of the ferry sites Ive tried kept giving an error, looking for a later return as i want to do the Nurburgring when im on the continent

Got it on Irish Ferries.ie. you can go out and come back in different routes.
If your having a problem with the site, pm me the dates and I'll get you a price
 
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You guys are so bloody helpful!

I race motoX in the UK an travel every month or so in summer along with hitting the odd aircooled vdub show, AA directions are often used and are so easy to follow but you might as well add an hour for every 3-4 hours driving time for breaks. Drove from fishguard to Newquay on my own in a van, to Run To The Sun in May 05, made 2 stops, you need em!

Also have encountered diversions and holiday traffic jams, they can wreck journey time, UK motorway tailbacks are a nightmare!
 

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QUOTE (Dirty1 @ Jan 5 2006, 02:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>You guys are so bloody helpful!

Have to agree, thanks for all the tips lads, defo helping with the plans


we will be heading to the Ring midweek, leaving Le Mans sometime on Monday, when the head clears
not looking to set a time there, just hoping for a few laps to earn the sticker


Cheers and thanks again,
 

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That price I gave you above is the same if you go wednesday to wednesday.
 
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