Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Cross Channel travel question...non-biking
I have a question regarding a bit of travel in the UK and the Continent. Its not bike related. I have been trying to find out elsewhere, but have been unsuccessful. So, I'll ask youse guys if you don't mind.....
I am flying into London for a two part, 6 day trip. Firstly, I am intending to visit two war graves, one near Lille, south of Dunkirk (WW1) and another between Hamburg and Hannover (WW2). From Hamburg, I return to the UK. I am giving myself 3 days to do this. After that I am heading out west to Wales for 3 days, returning to London before then flying north for a week in Shetland.
So, current plans have me renting a car in London for the whole six days covering the Continent then Wales. I'm intending to pick it up in London, drive down to Dover, cross (ferry?tunnel?) to Calais or Dunkirk, drive to the grave sites in France/Germany, return to Dunkirk/Calais, re-cross the channel (ferry/tunnel), then head for Bristol and all points west.
I realize that I don't know much about crossing the channel with a vehicle. What advice do you have? Would you have any other recommendations....one thought is from London, to catch the passenger train/ferry to Calais, rent a car there for the France/Germany sectors, drop the car off in Calais, train it to London, then pick up another one in London and do the loop out through Wales. This idea is growing on me for some reason. Are the trains regular London to Calais....is Calais the right place in fact to start from, would Dunkirk be better for travel arrangements?
I'd really appreciate some local advice as I'll be into London on the first weekend in June.
Grave in France....my wife's great uncle, killed in 1918 fighting with the 1st AIF. No one from the family has ever visited the grave as far as we know.
Grave in Germany....my father's very close friend, who I am named after, killed over Hamburg in March 1945, in Lancasters...49 Squadron.
Located: Auckland, New Zealand...
but I left my biking heart along the Scenic Byways of America.....
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Today of past regrets and future fears." ....Omar Khayyam