Travel to France
Ferry services are now dominated by Brittany Ferries (to Roscoff, St Malo in Brittany and Cherbourg and Caen in Normandy). Condor Ferries also operate fastcat services to St Malo and Cherbourg. LD Lines now operate from Portsmouth to Le Havre in Normandy and summer services from Newhaven to Dieppe. Journey time to the Blavet Valley from the Brittany and Normandy ports varies from 2 to 4 hours. Further North in the Pas de Calais (6+ hours) P&O Ferries compete with DFDS and Myferrylink from Dover to Calais.
For air services the nearest airport with direct flights from UK is Rennes (approx 1 hour's drive) - Flybe operate a service from Manchester, Southampton, Exeter. The airports at Brest, Dinard and Nantes are approx 2 hours away - there are direct flights from UK with Flybe, Ryan Air and British Airways. Follow the links for flights from Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham, Exeter and Southampton .
French motorway automated payment cards (Liber-t) for use with the automatic toll barriers avoiding queues for manned booths. Liber-t service is provided by Sanef Tolling UK which is a UK based subsidiary of SANEF offering this service to UK residents. This could be useful if you are a regular visitor to France and a user of the toll motorways. No discount on tolls is offered but hopefully reduced queueing. At the time of writing (2013) there is a sign-up (one off) charge of 10 (+VAT) and a returnable card deposit of 20, plus an annual fee of 6 (+VAT) and a monthly usage fee of 5 up to a maximum of 10 (+VAT) for the year. You can obtain 5 off your initial fees when you use the link below:
Drivers are now required to carry two breathalizers in their cars. Failure to do so can result in a fine of 11. Kits are now widely available in UK and can be obtained for under £4 from totaltravelhire.co.uk .
Blavet Valley, Morbihan, Brittany, France