First tour

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vandatubes1966
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First tour

Postby vandatubes1966 » 3 Apr 2009, 10:52am

Hi

I am thinking of taking my wife on a 3 day short non camping tour and just wondering where?

Like the idea of France and the short crossing also the excitment.

Was looking at Caen via Brittany Ferries but too expensive (£116) crossing.

The terrain cant be too hard as it may put her off any future plans.

So over to you any ideas?

regards

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Re: First tour

Postby Cyclefrance » 3 Apr 2009, 12:00pm

Check out some of my tours of North France at http://www.geocities.com/cyclefranceuk, and please do email me if you want more info.

You might find doing a part of the 2004 trip suits. There's also a 4-day one that we are doing this year that I can tell you about if you want.

Good luck!

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Re: First tour

Postby hamster » 3 Apr 2009, 2:15pm

It depends on where you live, but Cambridge - Ely - Wisbech - Kings Lynn is attractive and easy. Use the train back to London from King's Lynn.

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Re: First tour

Postby brianleach » 12 Apr 2009, 10:17am

The New Forest might suit. You can take the train to say Brockenhurst and cycle from there. You could probably reach the coast as well but that might be a bit ambitious on a short trip.

Brian

vandatubes1966
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Re: First tour

Postby vandatubes1966 » 12 Apr 2009, 10:23am

Hi

Still pondering and I like the sound of the New Forest & Cambridge.

However, the wife may still want a trip abroad and I believe you can get a return ticket with P&O for £10 or £20 return.

So it maybe Calais and from there I dont know yet as the jury is still out.

Thanks for the replys

regards :roll:

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Re: First tour

Postby hubgearfreak » 12 Apr 2009, 11:07am

hamster wrote:Use the train back to London from King's Lynn.


hamster - do you live in london :lol:

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Re: First tour

Postby jake » 12 Apr 2009, 10:25pm

We had a short family holiday last year in the lovely area south of Calais that's known as the "Sept Valees" (Seven Valleys). Seven small rivers flow south to the Canche valley which is part of a larger National Park. It is excellent cycling country though a little hilly in places. Montreuil is a beautiful old wallled town and Hesdin is also worth a visit (especially on market day). We followed the canal out of Calais and headed towards Guines. The great thing about this area is that you can use local trains on the way out or for return leg. The IGN Top 100 map no 03 (Calais/Abbeyville) covers the whole area.

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Re: First tour

Postby hamster » 14 Apr 2009, 1:23pm

hubgearfreak wrote:
hamster wrote:Use the train back to London from King's Lynn.


hamster - do you live in london :lol:


No, actually in the New Forest. It's just that getting back from King's Lynn to almost anywhere by rail means a trip to London!

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Re: First tour

Postby Ivor Tingting » 14 Apr 2009, 3:47pm

Where better as a first tour to visit your own neighbourhood and you couldn't get better than the New Forest. Alternatively wander into Darset, Thomas Hardy country and down to the coast taking the South West coast path which is also on your doorstep. Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, Purbeck Hills Swanage. I'm in Cambs and no such delights, trust me. Maybe if you go to the Norfolk Coast. I know where I would rather tour and it's not the Fens. Surely as foot passengers with bike the ferry fare to France isn't £119? This sounds very expensive surely it must be crossing with a car? :shock:
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jake
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Re: First tour

Postby jake » 14 Apr 2009, 11:27pm

I did Dover to Calais last June for £7 each way with Seafrance. Also you can park in Dover for around £4 per day. France is beckoning.......
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Jack
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Re: First tour

Postby Jack » 15 Apr 2009, 8:31am

I agree with Jake; just hop across the channel to Calais (or Dunkerque - a quieter exit from the port) and take it from there. My first ever tour about 16 years ago was from Dunkerque with my 14 yr old son; no real plan but headed South then East into Begium (Ypres etc) and briefly into Holland and back via Ostend. Got me hooked.

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Re: First tour

Postby brianleach » 15 Apr 2009, 8:43am

I think £119 is about right for 2 people to Caen. It is a 6 hour journey unlike Dover/Calais.

I am going in August from Portsmouth and from memory I am paying £55 return just for me which when compared to a car isn't bad actually.

Haven't checked but I would reckon £500 to £600 for a car and two passengers in the summer, obviously less out of season.

Brian