We suggest that travellers from Britain take a ferry crossing either to St. Malo (best!) or to Caen, or even Cherbourg in order to minimise road travel when in France. All of these services are available from Portsmouth.
Ferry crossings to other ports provide different and usually longer routes. We can give routings from them or from any other direction.
St. Malo to Le Grand Bost
Mileage: approx. 350 miles Time: approx. 5 – 7 hours
Follow signs for Rennes on the N137 (fast dual carriageway). At Rennes take the ring road, following signs for Nantes. (NOTE: you want to continue on the N137 but the road number may change whilst on these ring roads so don’t be disturbed!). Keep on the N137 all the way to Nantes (still a fast dual carriageway) and then at Nantes, take the ring road again (western half) until the exit for the A83 to Niort. This is a paying motorway (the only one on your trip) but well worth it to speed up this middle section. Follow the A83 to its end where it joins the A10. Join the A10 heading towards Bordeaux until exiting at Junction 37 (Mirambeau).
Take the D730 all the way to La Roche Chalais. Turn right on the D674 up the hill into La Roche Chalais and in the market take a left to rejoin the D730 (signed Montpon). After just over 2 miles fork left onto the D108 (signed Echourgnac) and continue to the village of Servanches. At the angled crossroads go straight on with the D108 and we are the first house on the LEFT after leaving the village (about 1¾ miles).
Below: Map of France
Below: Map showing routes to Le Grand Bost Holiday Cottage
Caen to Le Grand Bost, Servanches
From the port at Ouistreham head towards Caen and go left clockwise round the ring road (there are radars just before the ring road and soon after you get on it- beware) to junction 13 and take the N158 towards Falaise and Alencon.
Follow the dual carriageway around Falaise and the road changes to D658 and a bit further on to the D958. Take ring road around Argentan and rejoin D958 for about 4 miles and than get onto the Autoroute A88.
After about 10 miles go south on the A28 signed Alencon and Le Mans. Continue past Alencon and as you approach Le Mans you meet the A11.
Take the direction towards Paris for about 6 miles and then join the A28 again heading towards Tours.
Change then onto the A10 towards Poitiers. At junction 30 to the southwest of Poitiers leave the Autoroute and take the N10 towards Angouleme. (Beware another radar trap around Mansle).
Leave the N10 south east of Angouleme ( D104, signed to Hospital Giraud I think) and take this ring road to the south of Angouleme town.
After about 3 miles approx. (mind out for the radar again) Take the D674 (signed to Libourne) for about 40 miles to Chalais.
Go round Chalais and keep on this D674 to La Roche Chalais. In the market place here take the D730 signed to Mussidan and Montpon for about 3 miles and then take a left fork onto the D108. (Not so much a left fork, but more like straight on, as the main road forks right and descends)!
Stay on this D108 for about 10 miles of a fairly forested area and you come to Servanches village. At the crossroads in the village go straight over to stay on the D108. After leaving the village 150yards later keep going for 2 miles and we are the first house ON THE LEFT that you will get to. You will pass a large house(farm) on the right and we are half a mile on the left.
I have mentioned a few radars and there are other fixed ones which are all signed just before reaching them but there are also mobile (manned) ones so be careful as the fine is instantaneous and expensive for the manned ones.
It will take you about 6 hours actual driving and adding comfort stops will make it a sensible run down as almost all is dualled except the first 30 miles and the last 60 miles out of a total of approx. 350 miles.
I would suggest using the GPS as a back-up aid to this routing initially and use it definitively in the latter stages of the journey from La Roche Chalais to us because I have taken you on the easier route and the GPS would take you on a bit of a cross country hike esp. from Angouleme!!
If you have the TOM TOM system put the city/town as Servanches and scroll down to Le Grand Bost which is in their mapping. I am not sure about other systems but if uncertainty creeps in just give us a quick ring.
Limoges to Le Grand Bost, Servanches – approx 140kms
From the Limoges airport pick up the N21 going South (probably signed to Perigueux).
At CHALUS take the D68 to NONTRON pass through the town to join the D708 to MAREUIL then on to VERTEILLAC and continue to RIBERAC. Approaching Riberac you come down a steepish hill (with a newly made road) over a new roundabout and soon cross a small river and continue up to a roundabout. Go right on the roundabout and follow the road for about 300 yards. Go sharp left (still on the main road) up to traffic lights; straight over these: after 200yards at the junction turn right, wind up a hill to a double roundabout, straight on as you are now back on the D708 having avoided the town centre.
Follow the D708 through a village called La Jemaye and after another 6 miles arrive at ECHOURGNAC. At the crossroads by the church turn right on the D38 signed to St Aulaye. Continue for about 2 miles until a left fork in the road signed D108 to Servanches. Take this road and we are the
first house on the right after just over half a mile. There is a sign “Grand Bost” on the roadside.
P.S. Don’t be fooled by a sign to Servanches D108 soon after leaving La Jemaye. It would get you to us but not very directly!!!
Mileage: approx. 415 miles Time: approx. 7 – 9 hours
Leave Cherbourg and join the N13 to St Lo then the D999 for about 20 miles to join the A84 at junction 38 (Villedieu-les-Poêles) then carry on to Avranches and then follow directions as from Caen/St Malo above.