1st trip to france....soon.......

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  1. sb8263

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    reading lots of things people have said and very thankfull,,,we are going to france for the 1st time and would like to know if the Aires are safe to stay on for the night or are we better on listed sites ? We have a lot to learn,,and if anyone is from west yorkshire and would like to meet one day and pass on some info, it woul be greatly appreciated,,,first drink on me......:thumb:
     
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    We are in west Yorkshire but not on the posh Leeds side, we are in the ruffty tuffty Todmorden side.

    We love France and have found the majority of French aires as safe as your own back garden and there are some really beautiful ones. For the first time you do not have to travel hundreds of miles down France to get the flavour of the country.
    I and many others will tell you to get the "All the Aires" book from Vicarious books it is invaluable. For a first timer wishing to check out the safety of aires try Embry just 50 minutes from the Calais ports.
     
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    Hi Try Arques aire about 30 miles south of dunkirk or calais, pleasant aire next to small campsite and small water park cost's 2 euro's a night and is locked access about 8pm unlocked 7am. nice walk a round the reservoir.
    Terry
     
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    Aire: ARQUES

    ADDRESS: MUNICIPAL CAMPING BEAUSEJOUR, RUE MICHELET
    TEL: 03 21 88 53 66 CAMPING FAX:
    EMAIL: mairie@ville-arques.fr
    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL

    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN/ ELECTRIC
    LOCATION: SEMI-RURAL/ LAKESIDE NO. OF SPACES: 25

    PRICES/ RATES: JETONS & FEES PAYABLE AT CAMPSITE RECEPTION
    PARKING: 2€/ NIGHT SERVICES: 2€ WATER OR ELECTRIC
    OPENING TIMES: 01/04 -- 30/10
    GPS COORDS: N50.74538 E02.30448
    DIRECTIONS: From CALAIS take N43 / N42 EAST to the roundabout EAST of ARQUES & take last exit onto D211 WEST. Turn RIGHT after 2km into RUE J.VERNE / F.MITTERAND (same road). Turn LEFT before Railway Bridge into RUE MICHELET & CAMPSITE
    SITE DESCRIPTION: This is a waterside location, next to the large Beausejour lake & close to the 3* Municipal Campsite in a large tarmac parking area. Security is good, the car park being locked at night 2100-0700, and there is shade from trees. The Euro-Relais borne with a small raised drainage grid (hosepipe required) is next to the campsite.
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    2006 A good secure Aire behind the Mun. Campsite & next to a nice lake. The parking is level & quiet, with nice walks around the lakes & lots of birds + wildlife to see. We noticed a slight noise at night from a distant factory.
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    ARQUES
     
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    just purchased the book for £21.99,,,looking forward to planning a first time route,,,,,,also going scotland for a month later in year so any tips for there too ??????:thumb:
     
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    Never had any reason to feel unsafe on any of the Aires we have stayed at. Admittedly it seems a bit daunting until you try them. We have stayed on many in lovely locations. Once you try them you will find it so easy to just tour from place to place and your destination is no longer a campsite somewhere. Try it. I'm sure you'll like it. :thumb:

    Wyn
     
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    We made up a rule when we retired and vowed always to head south and besides there are more than enough midges in Todmorden without heading out looking for them-----

    each to their own as I believe Scotland can be beautiful
     
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