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I agree with both of the last posts to an extent. One of the main reasons we like to go from our area is the pure bliss of uncrowded roads across the water even using toll roads is worth it for time it saves and of course the price of diesel on the continent is usually cheaper. The other thing we like are the meals on board especially the big English the morning of travel onto the continent as that sets us up for the day, especially if its a smooth crossing. Last year we hit the tail end of storm Benny, crossing from Portsmouth/Santander and it was a nightmare so that put us off that route a bit.
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That's something many tend to forget. We start from the Scottish Borders and I really don't want to drive through Holland, France and so on. Apart from round Birmingham (and we use the M6 Toll for a bit of relief) it's not too bad a journey to Portsmouth at the weekend, and taking a couple of days to do it, sometimes visiting relatives on the way. Then a relaxing (so far) cruise to Bilbao, an excellent dinner and onto the Autovia/pista with hardly any traffic. Suits us.
We start from Newcastle and do sometimes use the ferry to Amsterdam - but it is a long drive to Spain from there. However the plus is that it is only 20 minutes from home which is great especially when coming back.

The journey from here to Portsmouth seems somehow easier than that to Dover even though it is exactly the same milage! It does miss out the dreaded M25 and the Dartford crossing though.
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