Watford to Folkstone

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  1. SteveB123

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    I will be leaving Watford for Channel Tunnel at 6am on a Monday morning in October. Google maps say 1hr 45mins with no traffic. Can anyone tell me how much time I should realistically allow before I book the tunnel.
     
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    I'd want to double that at least - better to arrive too early than too late!
     
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    I would be on my way by 5am at the latest.
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    So that's M1,M25, Dartford Crossing, M25,M20.
    Monday morning, best of luck.
    Could be an easy 2 hours, could be 4 hours.
    Welcome to Britains motorway network!
     
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    Personally, I would allow at least 3 hours, bearing in mind that if arriving early at tunnel you will almost certainly be offered an earlier crossing.

    Having said that we always go down a day early and stay on a CL near Ashford which gives us a stress free journey to the tunnel.
     
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    +/- 100 miles going clockwise M25 or 10 miles longer going counterclockwise.
    Personally, I'd go clockwise - I've always seen traffic heavier going counterclockwise along that stretch of M25 in the morning.
    100 miles is going to be at least 2 hours driving, more like 3 and could be much more.
    If it were me, and it often is, from north of the crossing, I leave as early as I can manage and am happy to kill a few hours after the crossing rather than shuffle my way over that bridge.
    Be sure to sort your Dart Charge before you leave.
     
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    I would go on Sunday night M25 too unpredictable and a place to avoid on Monday mornings & Friday afternoons.
    From A243 to M1 my best time 35min, worst 3½ hours.
     
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    When it comes to anywhere on the M25 on a Monday morning you can calculate a time and then double or treble it! It starts getting very busy at about 6am. I too would go Sunday evening. Stay the night at the Aire at Canterbury (need to be there before 8pm I think to get in), then a nice easy stress free drive in the morning
     
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    Have got to agree with the above, we stayed at Canterbury P&R last year had a great meal in the pub on the corner and a nice relaxing drive to Folkestone the next morning, a great way to start your holiday. (y)
     
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    Which Watford? I go from Watford Village on the A5 as in next to Watford Gap to Dover and it took 3 hours north London one somewhat less maybe.
     
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    Early on a Monday morning?
     
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    Leave Sunday and be sure, Monday mornings are always the worst.
     
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    Thanks as always for the info I have decided to leave 6am Sunday morning.
     
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    Dangerous, you'll run into the hordes going to church at that time...
     
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    Should be nice and quiet then. BUT that is why they sometimes carry out works on the M25 then, so you may find the bridge closed and 2 way working through the tunnels.

    If you are not catching the ferry until Monday morning then I recommend a stay at the Canterbury P&R Aire. £3 for 24 hours and there is water and waste disposal. Also toilets are open during the day. That also includes free use of the P&R bus into the City centre - just show them your car park ticket.

    You will need to make arrangements to pay the Dartford Toll by phone or t-internet, because there are no longer any toll booths and everything is done using ANPR.
     
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    you can not get into canterbury p/r on sunday until 9am; weekdays open from 6am but you can get out any time as the exit barrier isn't locked.

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    I agree that Canterbury P & R is a very good option, but just three points :-

    1. The emptying facilities comprise a single drain grid in the "roadway" at the end of the parking and not everybody lifts the grill when emptying their cassettes.

    2. Their is only the one tap and I have seen the tap outlet inserted into the discharge tube of a cassette more than once, so precautions need to be taken.

    3. If heading for the tunnel from the P & R please note that it is a bit of a cross-country drive so allow time for it. It is easier to access Dover (20 minutes).

    Edit> I think my brother allows 2 hours from Harpenden to the Tunnel, in a non-too-slow Vectra

    J
     
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