The 12 noon ferry from Dover docks at Dunkirk port about 3pm French time, and you'll be in the centre of town about 4.30pm. The next ferry is 2pm from Dover and you'll be in the centre of Dunkirk about 6.30pm French time. It might be that some of the unemployable elderly could have gone over a day early and thus have enjoyed a ride that included swinging past the ferry terminal to meet you and assist with the route into Dunkirk. This, as with all things, is dead easy on quiet roads when you know it, but if you don't it can be dreadful with loads of huge lorries all over the place and nav made tricky by an autoroute getting in the way. This nav problem is unlikely to be faced by the people on the 3pm and 5pm arrivals because there'll probably be someone in that group with a GPX track and/or map and instructions from Google, but is a distinct possibility for a few who arrive later than that. You've four months to forget this but here goes anyway: Here is a link to the route from Google Maps: two things shall ye remember: As you leave the boat you'll inevitably be on the righthand side of the road inside the port. If you remain on that side you'll be on the righthand side as you go through the gates where you might show your passport and inevitably find yourself on a cycle path with a metre-high concrete barrier between you and the lorries streaming off the ferry. This is good because you're not going to be squashed but BAD! because you need to get on the road called La Route de la Maison Blanche then the Route Des Dunes and to do that you need to approach those gates on the left side of the road. Hence you need to cross without being squashed. At the roundabout all the lorries take the first exit, you take the second exit. Given all this palaver of noise and pollution and danger you might want to linger in the bar for another drink and leave the ferry after everyone else. You won't do this, of course, because you're all fired up and off on a grand trip with your mates and every second counts. But I'm putting this down here, for the record. (Also note that since the Streetview car went round the port has seen has seen a lot of fence-building, and not in a nice way.) If you look at the Google map you'll see a funny little squiggle where the route turns back on itself and does a small circle. This is important. It takes you underneath the dual carriageway and back on to a cycle track alongside the D601. This keeps you on the north side of water. If you ignore this and follow the D601 on the south side of the water you get into all sorts of complications involving bridges, heavy traffic and a cycle route that isn't. (DAHIKT.) But we don't go for four months so there's plenty of time to print this out today, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest it all, then put it in a safe place where it can safely be lost, forgotten about and cursed before you ring me up and ask for directions as you ride off the boat.