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Travelling to Chartres by road

Stirling
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Travelling to Chartres by road

I wish to travel to Chartres by road but would like to know if it is possible to do so by using 'B' roads rather than a motorway. Would be grateful for any suggestions. Many thanks.

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1. Re: Travelling to Chartres by road

Yes, you can and it is pretty amazing as the car heads south from Paris, passing villages and farm land, and then sudden the cathedral spires shoot up from the landscape, just above a local crop. You can imagine how awe-some it must have been for the pilgrams in earliere days.

For the route, I used viamichelin.com, and you can specify that you want to avoid highways (the B roads maybe either RN, or D).

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2. Re: Travelling to Chartres by road

Stick with N/RN or D roads - N/RN is National/Route Nationale, and D are Departmental roads -- both will be two lanes and paved with proper markings.

Avoid C roads -- these are communal, and are frequently little more than a paved pathway -- frequently single lane, often with no markings, and not recommended unless there is absolutely no other alternative.

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3. Re: Travelling to Chartres by road

Many C roads are excellent two-lane roads, while I have found D roads that are very narrow. It's impossible to generalise.

Get the Michelin 1:200 000 maps (1 cm = 2 km) as these show the road width and allow you to plan your route.

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Yes, you can. This is a proposal

http://maps.google.fr/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=paris&daddr=Rue+de+Versailles%2FD985+to:Avenue+de+la+Division+Leclerc%2FD10+to:48.718829,2.003288+to:Route+de+Rambouillet%2FD906+to:chartres&hl=fr&geocode=FVt-6QIdi98jACkPt-IGH27mRzFglIxow4ILBA%3BFbwC6QId0F4hAA%3BFdyr6AIdsjcgAA%3B%3BFSLK5QIdmt8ZAA%3BFbIy4wIdF6MWACmL4fEkRAzkRzEp7cdTSIhjeA&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=3&sz=12&via=1,2,3,4&sll=48.712939,2.05307&sspn=0.197539,0.528374&ie=UTF8&ll=48.685974,2.077789&spn=0.39529,1.056747&t=h&z=11

from paris, going thrue versailles (to see the castle and follow its gardens). Going to cernay by the forest (very nice old abbaye, and a road appreciated by motocycles), passing into rambouillet (and it's castle, I suggest you to take pastry at "eric liege"), and going to chartres by Epernon and Maintenon (other nice castle).

This is long (about two hours, maybe more depending on the trafic), but it's a way to see something other than long highways

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5. Re: Travelling to Chartres by road

If you want to avoid highways but not taking a too long route, I would suggest still to take the highway A6/A10 until "Les Ulis", you'll have an exit "Chartres par RN". doing so you avoid Paris surburbs.

Then you'll go though Limours, St Arnoult en Yvelines, ... to Ablis, where you can catch the RN 10 direct to Chartres.

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6. Re: Travelling to Chartres by road

There are exceptions to every generalisation.

When you consider that:

France pays for upkeep on National Roads,

The department pays for upkeep on Departmental Roads, and

Individual towns/villages/communes are responsible for Communal roads,

It's not a big leap in logic to see which ones might be the better maintained.

There are always skinflint departments and communes that have extra cash so some overlap exists...but the general trend is that Departmental roads are wider and in better condition than their smaller counterparts.

Stirling
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7. Re: Travelling to Chartres by road

Thanks to you all for your help. it's much appreciated. Once again, cheers for that.

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8. Re: Travelling to Chartres by road

Tip: If you're not in a hurry and you plan your route on http://www.viamichelin.com then the more scenic roads are outlined with green borders.

Phil

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9. Re: Travelling to Chartres by road

Another option would be to take the N110 out of Paris and then take the departmental roads through the lovely valley of the Chevreuse, reaching Chartres by way of Rambouillet and Maintenon both of which are worth a stop.

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