aire near calais i think

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  1. Khizzie

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    Hi all some one posted an aire that was not far south of Calais just off the A16 saying that they stopped there each time after crossing the channel.was it ...aire de la baie de Somme.? If this was the one was it a safe overnight stop. ??,Roy
     
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    I think, but happy to be corrected, that one is a motorway aire. Never stopped there so no opinion about whether it's safe or not.

    If you want somewhere near Calais in that direction I would choose Wissant.
     
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    It is on a motorway but designed with a separate aire for camping cars.Stayed there once but prefer others. I would use it again when in a busy part of the season but would not feel safe if there was no-one else there the services next door close at night.
     
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    Thanks Nic, I am looking for somewhere nice and easy to make my first stop on way to twin lakes meet ,so don't want to go very far on first day . Roy
     
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    The aire at Montreuil-sur-mer is a handy stop just an hour or so from Calais.
     
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    Gravelines.
     
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    Always stop at Boulogne when going south. Lovely stop on the cliff over looking the port. €5.25 for the first 48 hours.
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    Have stayed there many times, including a cpl of weeks ago.

    2 vans in the night we stayed and the only noise was from the wind turbine (it was very windy)

    Woke up gas free, without an axe embedded in my forehead, or my wife and wallet missing.
     
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    Hi Khizzie, We spent the night at the Baie de Somme services some 6 or 7 years ago. We were parked up with several other motorhomes and caravans. We awoke in the morning to find that attempts to break into every vehicle had been made. Our cab door locks were damaged.
    Since then we have avoided the place like the plague.

    Brisey.
     
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    We have recently been staying at the car park in Boulogne (free) and just a few minutes walk from the town centre. We have used the aire on the hill but found it very sloping - only a few which are level.

    Joe
     
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    I know everyone always says Gravelines whenever anyone ever asks for somewhere to overnight in France, and it's lovely, but it's in completely the wrong direction for everywhere apart from Belgium.
     
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    wrong way for me ,but thanks .
     
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    Depends on how far you want to go then.

    Wissant is about 20 minutes from Calais, Neufchatel-en-Bray is a popular aire which will take you probably a bit less than 2 hours. Le Crotoy is another popular one about an hour or so away.

    If you've got a bit further than that in mind and are sticking to motorways then Honfleur is reliable and will take 3 hours or so.
     
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    But it is only a very short distance in the wrong direction and a lovely place to stop and a lovely town. I think I'd still go even if it's 10 mins or so in the wrong direction.

    Wyn
     
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    Another vote for the aire at Boulogne.. lovely aire, some parts are slopey , but there are quiet a number of nice level grassy pitches..

    excellent stop en route or even for a day or three.. plenty to see and do with some great sea food restaurants.
     
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    You can get from Calais either ferry port or tunnel to Gravelines aire in 10 minutes?

    What the hell are you driving and where can I buy one? :D


    Seriously though there are plenty of other lovely places in more convenient directions if you don't happen to be heading for Belgium (y)
     
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    Or Holland or Germany :drinks:

    Or the fag shop in Adinkerke, although we always stay FOC over night in Bray Dunes.
    In the morning, half fill up with water and shopping at the nearby Carrefour.

    The best/quickest route into Germany is the A25/A27 from Dunkirk to Aachen---- IMHO.
     
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    That sounds perfect Nic.I will have a look at that in my all the aires..Roy
     
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    Thanks for everyone's input I think I have found what I am looking for ..thanks to all.Roy
     
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    what time do you get off ferry / tunnel?

    we have done that route several times and are one of many who have overnighted at Aire de Baie du Somme, it is on the motorway which is a toll section, always cautious, would never go down the bottom of the aire when dark, it is really dark at night, but would use again

    However, there are the other aires, as mentioned above, but some of those open up other issues, as a recent thread of mine, getting past the barrier, how do you pay etc

    I am a great fan of free access, free to stop aires, for exactly that reason, depending on how long you want to drive and personally we like to be stopped before dark

    Montrueil sur mer (nowhere near the sea any more by the way) a rough car park, free, but very convenient for the town centre bars and eating

    If you have 2 hours, I would say go for Pont de L'Arche, next to Rouen, avoids Rouen as well, right beside river, free access, adjacent to town for eating / bars again, large car park technically only three places, but nothing stopping as many as want stopping, or there is a commercial site adjacent

    Having said that we are going down week after next and will be trying new aires, so keep an eye on my 'anniversary' thread, we will be going right past and maybe even stopping at Twin Lakes with three stops en route (y)
     
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