Crossing the channel
By Ferry:- By far the best routes from the UK are to cross from Portsmouth or Poole to St. Malo, Caen or Cherbourg. These give the shortest road journeys in France, taking from about 2½ hours to 4½ hours depending on traffic. While the Dover-Calais routes give the shortest crossing time, travelling time in France increases to around 7 hours. From Ireland, the ferry routes are to Roscoff and Cherbourg from Rosslare or via the land bridge through the UK.
By Air:- There are now cheap flights from several UK airports to the local airports of Poitiers, Nantes, Angers and La Rochelle. You may, depending on changes made by the ‘no frills’ airlines, be able to fly to La Rochelle from Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, London Stanstead and Southampton; to Nantes from Cork, Dublin, London Stanstead, Manchester, Nottingham East Midlands and Shannon; to Poitiers from London Stanstead and to Angers from Manchester and Southampton.