Dunkirk Ferry port to Lille cycle suggestions pls

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by HumpTdumpty, 25 Nov 2018.

  1. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Legendary Member

    Location:
    Hampshire
    I'll refrain from offering any advice as the last time we rode out of Dunkirk port we spent half an hour going round in circles in the dock area before heading two miles in the wrong direction when we did eventually manage to find our way out.
     
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  2. Brains

    Brains Guru

    Location:
    Greenwich
    Dunkirk Ferry Port Exit (and Entrance) for Cyclists

    Final, final, corrected version !

    • Get off the Ferry (walk down the ramp) - Cyclist are usually first
    • You now have about a 2 minute head start on the HGV's
    • Through passport and customs etc
    • The HGV's will now be right behind you
    • Get through the port gates
    • You MUST go through the LEFT port exit gate (leave the cycle lane just before the final customs hut and merge across into the left lane) see bottom map, else you will bypass the first roundabout, and unable to get to the roundabout without pulling a U-turn across the flood of HGV's!
    • At the FIRST roundabout go LEFT (Most of the HGV's will go strait on)
    • (Route de Maison Blanche)
    • Keep the port perimeter fence on your left.
    • At the next roundabout go RIGHT
    • (Route de Dunes)
    • Go down the 'route de dunes' road - this was a little back lane, but has recently been upgraded to a decent main road
    • After about 700m, Opposite the turning into the MotoCross site, just after the drainage canal, there is a small right turn with a gravel surface into what looks like a field, (No signs in your direction, stop sign from other direction)
    • Take this turning, it becomes a normal back lane after 50m
    • (This is the point where you can now put away your passports, get the bike ready to ride etc.)
    • (rue de l'Helllie) This is the lane that takes you to Loon Plage,
    • At the T junction right then left into
    • Rue de Moulin
    • At the T junction right then left and left into
    • Rue de Mardyck
    • Under the D601 motorway and you are in Loon Plage
    Having done the more direct route by accident, its not nice racing the HGV's, and we very nearly ended up on the motorway , the route above is by far the more preferable.
    (A cycling party ahead of us did end up on the motorway slip road and had to ride back up the hard shoulder in the wrong direction)

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    As per the map above , this is the route out of the port, do not follow the official cycle route (green line on map below), you are likely to end up on the motorway
    The first critical move is take the LEFT gate as you exit the port, and then keep going left

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    Last edited: 9 Aug 2019
  3. Brains

    Brains Guru

    Location:
    Greenwich
    Been there
    Done that

    There is zero signage for cyclists
     
  4. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    You MUST go through the LEFT port exit gate (leave the cycle lane just before the final customs hut and merge across into the left lane) else you will bypass the roundabout and be going straight on, unable to get to the roundabout without pulling a U-turn across the flood of lorries!

    The giveaway is that there are signs, but not facing you - only facing towards the gravel road, almost side on to the Route des Dunes, as seen in https://mapstreetview.com/#udlr7_1bcp4_7m.a_-2g43
     
  5. Brains

    Brains Guru

    Location:
    Greenwich
    edited!
     
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  6. Brains

    Brains Guru

    Location:
    Greenwich
    As per the map above , this is the route out of the port, do not follow the official cycle route (green line on map below), you are likely to end up on the motorway
    The first critical move is take the LEFT gate as you exit the port, and then keep going left

    upload_2018-11-29_18-6-12.png
     
  7. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    Location:
    Knaresborough
    This is very helpful. I am in the early stages of planning a little trip to Belgium in the Easter hols - mainly staying in Bruges. Currently undecided whether to go first to Ypres or just to head along the coast road.
    This morning, I am mostly annoyed by ferry prices. £50 each for 2 people on bikes vs £104 for 2 people in a car. Surely 2 bikes take up a lot less space than a car. (Only £4 less, apparently!)
     
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  8. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    The car fares will increase as space gets booked, but the bike fares won't. They usually seem to just vanish when sold out, which seems rare on the Dover Dunkirk.

    I liked Ypres. Arrived about 5, rode around, dinner at the Petrus cafe near the town hall, then Menin Gate ceremony at 8, followed by the friendly Palace Hotel in Poperinge.

    The Belgian coast is interesting and EV 4 through Dunkirk town is rapidly improving but the bit through Zuydcoote and Bray Dunes is uninspiring, rideable but annoying narrow dashed cycle lanes on the D60 (I think), so a detour to use the small frontier road through Ghyvelde and Adinkerke past the smuggling statue is worth it if you've time. The chip shop on Adinkerke Dijk is a good intro to Belgian frites but you'll get enough of those soon enough!
     
  9. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Oh and I forgot: there's a worthwhile rail trail from Ypres to Kortemark, then easy node numbers along back roads to Torhout, then the main N road to Bruges has OK cycleways and is straight and fast.

    Edit to add: https://cycle.travel/by/mjray/journeys?group=674 has viewable/downloadable routes, most of which I've ridden except for a couple of contingency plans in there.
     
    Last edited: 5 Dec 2018
  10. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Updating myself: it looks like EV 4 is now open through Zuydcoote to the edge of Bray Dunes. From there, you can either turn south at K@zac Cafe along Rue Pierre Decock to Ghyvelde and the Rue de la Frontiere, or ride D60 through the built-up area to the old border post, then turn south along the border to nodes 39, 1 and 50 - that second option is an extra mile, but I really didn't like the rural bits of D60 and the improved EV4 in both straightness and ease of navigation will probably save more than the 6 minutes I'd lose on the detour.
     
  11. Brains

    Brains Guru

    Location:
    Greenwich
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