How to get there..............& back.
It takes approximately 11 hours to reach Calais from Zurich in an expeditions mobile. As we usually do not drive more than 4 hours a day, we decided to break the journey into three parts. On the first day we drove to Germany, on the second to Ghent and on the third day we arrived in Calais. We had decided to take the Eurotunnel across to England as the journey is just over half and hour and this was ideal for Nikhil and us.
Book as early as possible for the best value.
It is better to book just one way instead of return as you plans may change along the was as ours did.(read the note about our return trip below).
Accurately describe your vehicle to ensure you are allocated the correct space
If traveling with a pet make sure to check on health and document requirements
Special attention should be paid to the de-worming requirements as there is a specific time line to be followed:
The treatment must have been given no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before you enter the UK. Your dog can be refused entry or put into quarantine if you do not follow this rule.
On the day of travel, arrive at least 1.5 hours earlier than planned in order to complete all the formalities required is traveling with a pet. the train operator will advise you about this when you purchase the ticket.
Though the distance from Folkestone to Cornwall is just 325 miles, the narrow and winding country streets and frequent stops to look at the beautiful sights means that at least six weeks would be required to make the tour relaxed yet comprehensive. We attempted it in just one month and found that we were driving almost everyday and unable to spend as much time as we would have liked at sme of the incredibly beautiful locations. We especially recommend a visit to the isle of Wight. "Awarded UNESCO Biosphere status in 2019, the Island is recognised for it's lush unspoiled landscape, thriving wildlife and clean surrounding waters, a unique haven for both adventurers and those looking for a tranquility rarely found in modern day life." www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/things-to-do/open-spaces
We had originally planned to drive back from Cornwall via Bristol and Oxford to Folkestone and take the Eurotunnel back. However as the journey to Cornwall took longer than expected, we drove back to Poole and took the Ferry to Cherbourg from there. Though the ferry takes 4.5 hours to reach France as opposed to just half and hour with the Eurotunnel, it saved us the road trip back to Folkestone.
The price is reasonable and for Nikhil the journey was not a problem as there is a lounge on the Ferry for dogs with their owners to relax in.
A short video showing the boarding of the Eurotunnel train. A short video showing the boarding of the Poole ferry.