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Rodeo
28-11-2013, 17:38
I believe we can go past/through Rouen on the motorway,but is there an easy way to get past it without using M/way? I seem to recall someone talking about this on the tv a couple of weeks ago,cant remember who though. They said there was " a pretty way" by turning off somewhere.We will be coming from Abbeville and going through Le Mans .

Rodeo
28-11-2013, 18:37
Hmmm...I 'll go back to the map to get handle on that info,thanks.

Kontiki
28-11-2013, 18:40
If you are heading towards Le Mans you could go via the Tancarville bridge on the N182, it is a toll bridge but not too expensive (I think it was 2.50€ when we used it in September). We stayed at what seemed to be a fairly new aire Aire de service Saint-Romain-de-Colbosc - Normandy Tourism (http://www.normandie-tourisme.fr/Aire-de-service-Saint-Romain-de-Colbosc/HPA/SAINT-ROMAIN-DE-COLBOSC/fiche-HPANOR076FS0006G-2.html) it was free when we were there but not sure if they intend to charge.

Seannachie
28-11-2013, 18:46
I believe we can go past/through Rouen on the motorway,but is there an easy way to get past it without using M/way? I seem to recall someone talking about this on the tv a couple of weeks ago,cant remember who though. They said there was " a pretty way" by turning off somewhere.We will be coming from Abbeville and going through Le Mans .

Sorry I can't be more specific, but it can be done a number of ways depending on what you want. Why don't you go to the ViaMichelin site - see here: Route planner - Michelin driving directions and walking route planner (http://www.viamichelin.com/web/Routes#idTitleRoadsheet) - and play around with it. You can change a number of the parameters and can even put in a number of mid-points on your proposed journey and see the differences these make.

HTH.

Rodeo
28-11-2013, 18:49
OK Thanks guys,good info there!

lebesset
28-11-2013, 20:36
well , in 25 years I have never found it necessary to go through rouen itself

if you take the autoroute from abbeville ,outskirts of rouen continue straight on through the tunnel exiting next right through an underpass you come immediately to traffic lights where you must be in the left lane ; turn left then immediately right onto the N15 and take this road along the seine to pont de l'arche [ nice free small aire ] crossing the seine there

no deviations , no problems , no tolls; I notice the french motorhomers use this route , it's actually slightly shorter ; at a guess , if you set your sat nav to shortest route to ponte de l'arche when going down the autoroute it will take you this way

El Veterano
28-11-2013, 20:50
I believe we can go past/through Rouen on the motorway,but is there an easy way to get past it without using M/way? I seem to recall someone talking about this on the tv a couple of weeks ago,cant remember who though. They said there was " a pretty way" by turning off somewhere.We will be coming from Abbeville and going through Le Mans .

The last time that we by-passed Rouen (think of it like the M25 but in a city ie. it's a car park most of the time) we took the western route that is non-motorway and involves the ferry. So long as you are in no rush this is a great little route, although a bit hilly and twisty at times. The ferry by the way is free. It is indeed a pretty way and we shall be going for that route as often as possible now.

Makzine
28-11-2013, 21:00
From Abbeville junction 11 head towards Totes and then get onto the A150 coming from Dieppe and that will take you over the new bridge then just follow the signs for Le Mans usually you can get through in 15/20 minutes.

John

spigot
28-11-2013, 21:06
Easy, we do it every year, take the A28 from Abbeville coming into Rouen DO NOT cross the Seine but bear right into the tunnel SP Dieppe-Le Havre, Centre Ville, Aeroport.

Out of the tunnel, traffic lights, keep on bearing left, keeping the river Seine on your right take the D6015 all the way, turn right at 3rd roundabout (still D6015), this will take you to Pont-de-L'Arche where there is a free Aire on the banks of the river L'Eure, we always try to stop here.

From here you are well placed to go anywhere on way to the south, Le Mans, Chartres, Orleans, Tours, etc. etc.

richardstubbs
28-11-2013, 22:14
well , in 25 years I have never found it necessary to go through rouen itself

if you take the autoroute from abbeville ,outskirts of rouen continue straight on through the tunnel exiting next right through an underpass you come immediately to traffic lights where you must be in the left lane ; turn left then immediately right onto the N15 and take this road along the seine to pont de l'arche [ nice free small aire ] crossing the seine there

no deviations , no problems , no tolls; I notice the french motorhomers use this route , it's actually slightly shorter ; at a guess , if you set your sat nav to shortest route to ponte de l'arche when going down the autoroute it will take you this way

That's the way I've always gone; you hardly notice Rouen and Pont de L'Arche is a nice enough place to stop for lunch. You pass a big Super U (hypermarket) somewhere around there too which is good for supplies and fuel.

If I set my satnav to avoid tolls it generally goes this way, and if for some bizarre reason it chooses not to I just turn left when it says right and it grumps for a bit and then gets used to it.

If you go much further towards Paris the traffic is much worse.

David & Ann
28-11-2013, 22:30
I like stopping off at Rouen. It is a lovely place to visit and great all day and night free parking on the quay side. (no facilities). I always park by the river and go on foot into the town to sight see. I approach Rouen from Abbeville on the D928 and join up with the highway which is toll free at jct 7 or 8. Find your way to the river and then go down the ramp to the quay side which is a good 4/4 mile long and loads of parking. Look for the giant Bhudda fountain by the bridge, the slip road is the one before or after depending which way you approach it. I have a few pictures, so if you want me to load it on here, I will find them and do so.

I have found a couple of pictures which I have now attached:

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/david42ann/European%20Tour%202013/DSC01683_zpse64d5203.jpg (http://s243.photobucket.com/user/david42ann/media/European%20Tour%202013/DSC01683_zpse64d5203.jpg.html)

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/david42ann/European%20Tour%202013/DSC01670_zpsf370f889.jpg (http://s243.photobucket.com/user/david42ann/media/European%20Tour%202013/DSC01670_zpsf370f889.jpg.html)

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/david42ann/European%20Tour%202013/DSC01679_zps79e07aa7.jpg (http://s243.photobucket.com/user/david42ann/media/European%20Tour%202013/DSC01679_zps79e07aa7.jpg.html)

LongdogCymru
29-11-2013, 07:18
well , in 25 years I have never found it necessary to go through rouen itself

if you take the autoroute from abbeville ,outskirts of rouen continue straight on through the tunnel exiting next right through an underpass you come immediately to traffic lights where you must be in the left lane ; turn left then immediately right onto the N15 and take this road along the seine to pont de l'arche [ nice free small aire ] crossing the seine there

no deviations , no problems , no tolls; I notice the french motorhomers use this route , it's actually slightly shorter ; at a guess , if you set your sat nav to shortest route to ponte de l'arche when going down the autoroute it will take you this way

+1 on this, I have driven on this route too. I have also gone right at the lights and over the bridge but there are a couple of tight and tricky exits just on the other side of the bridge and it is easy to miss the correct exit, (don't ask me how I know!), but then you are faced with a road through the industrial area which has quite a few sets of traffic lights too.

Mike Young
29-11-2013, 07:56
From Abbeville junction 11 head towards Totes and then get onto the A150 coming from Dieppe and that will take you over the new bridge then just follow the signs for Le Mans usually you can get through in 15/20 minutes.

John

Yes, we used this route coming home last Oct, will certainly use it on our way south next time, hopefully next May.

pochaie
29-11-2013, 09:19
It has been a pain going thru Rouen since they have closed the main route.Carry on going to centre and follow traffic ,keep to your right and at the t-juntion turn right along the Siene I now time it so i go thru at the quietest time of day either early morning or after 19.00 hours in the evening. The only problem is whilst your driving along the Seine ( not the Loire) toward Dieppe ,the turning to Caen and Le Mans is suddenly upon you and is a small road,make sure you keep to your right, you then cross the river and away you go. Hope this works as it has for me

Rodeo
29-11-2013, 15:09
Some very precise directions there,thanks ! I will certainly work one of those ways into our trip! Not going until next Summer,so plenty of time to suss it out .Love the buddha!

Is that car on the barge in the first pic?

David & Ann
29-11-2013, 15:57
Some very precise directions there,thanks ! I will certainly work one of those ways into our trip! Not going until next Summer,so plenty of time to suss it out .Love the buddha!

Is that car on the barge in the first pic?

YES. the French seafarers usually take their car on board. It is not a rare sight. I have seen loads of them do it.

lebesset
29-11-2013, 18:08
That's the way I've always gone; you hardly notice Rouen and Pont de L'Arche is a nice enough place to stop for lunch. You pass a big Super U (hypermarket) somewhere around there too which is good for supplies and fuel.

If I set my satnav to avoid tolls it generally goes this way, and if for some bizarre reason it chooses not to I just turn left when it says right and it grumps for a bit and then gets used to it.

If you go much further towards Paris the traffic is much worse.

the hypermarche is at igoville just before you cross the bridge over the seine

vindiboy
30-11-2013, 12:20
I believe we can go past/through Rouen on the motorway,but is there an easy way to get past it without using M/way? I seem to recall someone talking about this on the tv a couple of weeks ago,cant remember who though. They said there was " a pretty way" by turning off somewhere.We will be coming from Abbeville and going through Le Mans .

http://goo.gl/maps/FxBgM We used this route recently, very scenic Countryside , from the Aire at Forges to the Aire at Pont de la arche, both free Aires.

vindiboy
30-11-2013, 12:25
I like stopping off at Rouen. It is a lovely place to visit and great all day and night free parking on the quay side. (no facilities). I always park by the river and go on foot into the town to sight see. I approach Rouen from Abbeville on the D928 and join up with the highway which is toll free at jct 7 or 8. Find your way to the river and then go down the ramp to the quay side which is a good 4/4 mile long and loads of parking. Look for the giant Bhudda fountain by the bridge, the slip road is the one before or after depending which way you approach it. I have a few pictures, so if you want me to load it on here, I will find them and do so.

I have found a couple of pictures which I have now attached: Do you perchance have the Co Ordinates for these pictures Please.

POI Admin
30-11-2013, 12:56
I think the entry slip road is here 49.43517, 1.09335 ...

vindiboy
30-11-2013, 13:34
I think the entry slip road is here 49.43517, 1.09335 ...

Thanks for that but typical of France Route Barrie.http://goo.gl/maps/HOxBz

fairytooth
30-11-2013, 13:54
Thanks for that but typical of France Route Barrie.http://goo.gl/maps/HOxBz

Ah yes, such a familiar and spontaneous sight in France :scared:

vindiboy
30-11-2013, 13:59
Ah yes, such a familiar and spontaneous sight in France :scared:

How did these sneaky B@@@@@S get down there ??????????http://goo.gl/maps/EXKm7 LOL.

mark61
30-11-2013, 14:20
lol. July closed. Aug open.


http://goo.gl/maps/u8XHJ

mark61
30-11-2013, 14:55
Talking of Rouen, anyone have any good fast routes heading south to Spain. Would prefer not to spend the 130+ on tolls, but complete toll free route takes almost twice as long ( as much as I love France, don't have too much time this trip )

This route reduces tolls by a fair amount and only adds an hour to the journey, according to Google maps, lol. Any other suggestions or sneaky ways round tolls are welcome. Could further cut out toll from Tours to Poitiers.

http://goo.gl/maps/SybcO

Airecraft
30-11-2013, 16:01
If you're not in a rush another option is to avoid Rouen altogether an dcross the Seine on the free ferry at Duclair (https://www.google.co.uk/maps?q=rouen&hl=en&ll=49.479669,0.876331&spn=0.042047,0.090895&sll=53.369764,-3.18128&sspn=0.038613,0.090895&t=m&hnear=Rouen,+Seine-Maritime,+Upper+Normandy,+France&z=14).

18948

mark61
02-12-2013, 13:58
If you're not in a rush another option is to avoid Rouen altogether an dcross the Seine on the free ferry at Duclair (https://www.google.co.uk/maps?q=rouen&hl=en&ll=49.479669,0.876331&spn=0.042047,0.090895&sll=53.369764,-3.18128&sspn=0.038613,0.090895&t=m&hnear=Rouen,+Seine-Maritime,+Upper+Normandy,+France&z=14).

18948


Thanks, good route, unfortunately won't have time this trip.

lebesset
02-12-2013, 14:34
Talking of Rouen, anyone have any good fast routes heading south to Spain. Would prefer not to spend the 130+ on tolls, but complete toll free route takes almost twice as long ( as much as I love France, don't have too much time this trip )

This route reduces tolls by a fair amount and only adds an hour to the journey, according to Google maps, lol. Any other suggestions or sneaky ways round tolls are welcome. Could further cut out toll from Tours to Poitiers.

http://goo.gl/maps/SybcO

looks to be a lot of expensive motorway on that route now you have to pay all the way south from bordeaux , was free until this year

spain is a big country ...where are you heading for ? the route you show is excellent as far south as chartres but if you are heading for the eastern side of spain head for clermont ferrand and the A75 to the Med is free unless you want to pay to cross the millau viaduct instead of going through the town if you are going now avoids crossing central spain , just had an Email from a friend who got stuck up there

mark61
02-12-2013, 16:03
I think the tolls work out around 45 on that route. If my calculations are right, I'll double check.

Meeting up with friends somewhere on the A62 (lol) they are getting ferry to Santander, then heading on to Morocco. Looking at the route again it doesn't add that much time to go via Clermont Ferrand and then East coast of Spain, can meet friends down south. Another bonus, haven't been to that part of Spain for many years. Thanks for reply.

antiqueman
02-12-2013, 16:29
Hmm I just happen to love it in rouen usually spend a few days there over christmas if I can but have always just parked 0n the top road where you see all the cars parked in your lovely pics, I will downgrade to the lower level next time as tires tend to freeze to pavement on the top.:rolleyes2:


I like stopping off at Rouen. It is a lovely place to visit and great all day and night free parking on the quay side. (no facilities). I always park by the river and go on foot into the town to sight see. I approach Rouen from Abbeville on the D928 and join up with the highway which is toll free at jct 7 or 8. Find your way to the river and then go down the ramp to the quay side which is a good 4/4 mile long and loads of parking. Look for the giant Bhudda fountain by the bridge, the slip road is the one before or after depending which way you approach it. I have a few pictures, so if you want me to load it on here, I will find them and do so.

I have found a couple of pictures which I have now attached:

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/david42ann/European%20Tour%202013/DSC01683_zpse64d5203.jpg (http://s243.photobucket.com/user/david42ann/media/European%20Tour%202013/DSC01683_zpse64d5203.jpg.html)

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/david42ann/European%20Tour%202013/DSC01670_zpsf370f889.jpg (http://s243.photobucket.com/user/david42ann/media/European%20Tour%202013/DSC01670_zpsf370f889.jpg.html)

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/david42ann/European%20Tour%202013/DSC01679_zps79e07aa7.jpg (http://s243.photobucket.com/user/david42ann/media/European%20Tour%202013/DSC01679_zps79e07aa7.jpg.html)

Kontiki
02-12-2013, 17:02
There is another ferry running from Poole to Santander, LD lines part of the DFDS group. They did have some good prices as an introductry offer. It seems they are pretty similar prices to Britanny ferries, they don't have a timetable yet for 2014 its due on the 10th Dec. http://ldlines.co.uk/timetables/santander-poole . Considering trying the long route this year, can't justify it on saving money but find the drive down through France in the winter a bit boring now especially if the weather isn't very good.


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