Overnight spot near Folkstone

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  1. Gromett

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    I am off on the channel tunnel in two weeks and just realised my Caravan Club membership has expired. It is not worth renewing now as I will be out of the country until at least April.:Doh:

    Can anyone recommend somewhere to stay near the chunnel so I can get an early start please?

    Thanks :BigGrin:
     
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    We have booked in and stayed in the chunnel car park no problems:BigGrin:
     
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    I did that many moons ago. Turned up at 7pm booked in and they put me straight on the train:Doh::Doh::Doh: My ticket was for the next morning at 7am.

    I then had to drive for hours in France to get to a satisfactory (to me) parking spot :cry:
     
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    If you want to stay at the Caravan Club site it will cost you an extra I think £6 if you are not a member.

    There is also the park and ride at Canterbury which is £2.50. Marine Parade at Dover and we have also stayed at the Royal Oak in Capel le Ferne. It used to be a Caravan Club CL.

    Im sure others will be along with some suggestions.

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    I think the 'Early Arrivals' services on the M20 may work out, it's about 4 or 5 miles before the Tunnel.

    We travel via Eurotunnel frequently and on the rare occasion we are early have had the option of travel on the next available train or stick to our original departure, this comes up on the screen.

    We use the Frequent Traveller ticket system so maybe? it's a different response to one off ticket holders?
     
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    I think you will find it has gon up to stay at the services on the M20 just befor the tunnel stop 24 it is now £20:Angry:
     
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    Good morning shunter, thanks for the welcome.

    Have never stopped there, only picked up a little fuel and didn't realise there was a charge after 2 hours.

    Thought/hoped that by having a valid Eurotunnel ticket that parking would be free, how naive of me.

    For us it's not a problem to travel straight through (the tunnel) as we are happy to stop overnight on the A16 south of Boulogne, just after the peage by maybe 4 or 5 km (Aire de repos des Falaises de Widehem). There is always plenty of space and the views in the morning are perfect, plus no £20 to pay...
     
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    Canterbury Park & Ride.
    Dedicated MH parking area, water and black dump.
    Secure and quiet.
     
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    What does that cost johnp10 and is it 24 hours?

    Thanks
     
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    I stayed at the C&CC site at Folkestone the night before I went
     
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    A lot people stay on the sea front at Dover at night free after 18.00 till 09.00 loads of space and only 15 min from the tunnel:thumb:
     
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    there is a Sainsbury at Ashford

    If you come off at Ashford, we take our last fuel on at this fuel station... head of the M20 and follow the duel carrage way towards the town and take first exit back at 7 o'clock direction and it is half mile on left.. plenty room there as the shop shuts 10 p.m and the place is empty.. or same exit of the motorway take first exit to the business park follow it round and there is a hotel and McDonalds which has a lot of room.. have held the before.. boy racers do not stay long. both free... unlike the actual stopping place on the motorway which is £20... Canterbury is OK, but a bit messy to get to and if you want a clean run to the tunnel the other two are better as they are just a few miles on the London side.

    Bob
     
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    There is an "aire" in Calais where you can watch the ferries come in and out and is free this time of year... so if you are put on earlier train you could stop there... (the chip van sells the best chips in Europe) or...

    If you head towards Rouen there is a free bit of motorway from Abbeville to Rouen and (SHOCK HORROR) I often stay overnight on the "aires" along that road...

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Isn't there a pub somewhere near the Chunnel where you can overnight? Sure I've seen it mentioned on here in the past, too.

    If you are early, you always get the choice of existing booking or an earlier train despite having booked with Tesco rewards and only actually giving em £2 in money!

    In cases where we arrive in France very late evening/early hours we always head straight up the Mway for Auchan at St Martin Boulogne - it's before the peage starts and takes 15 minutes tops, as you join the correct bit of mway straight off the slip road so are 'halfway there'. They open about 8.30 but is such a huge carpark it's NP. They aren't open at all on a Sunday so no fresh croissants for brekkie in that case. Otherwise, Yes!
     
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    only 5 mins from tunnel

    have stayed here for a night and had a really nice meal the night before
    only 5 mins drive from channel tunnel

    handy for a late arrival or early morning get away
    no barriers and no eight o clock rule that you get at black horse farm

    would recommend

    no hard standing only grass but handy for a pint and meal the night before

    nearer than black horse farm to the tunnel

    we use this now instead of the caravan club site as it is cheaper and nearer:thumb:


    http://www.thedruminn.com/home.html

    http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=10160
     
  16. johnp10

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    24 hr access for MHs.
    Early start shouldnt be a problem.
    There is an attendant there during normal PR ops, also a pub doing meals (nice) 3 minutes walk away.
    Once the last bus goes, the main car park closes, hence quiet.
    Your ticket (2.50, I think) allows park and ride use for the parking period in / out of Canterbury centre.
     
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    Overnight stop near Folkestone

    This is too late for Gromett, but for anyone else thinking about this topic, I would suggest he or she considers the C&CC CS at Rhodes Minnis. It is just north of J11 and very handy for the Tunnel. £8 incl hook-up and very pleasant owners. Roads in the area are narrow in places but the recommended access route was ok. Will stay there again.
     
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