any good spots to stop on way back up through france ?

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  1. autoswan

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    were at pay du fou and slowly working our way back up to calais over the next 10 days, trying to avoid the big cities on route . Any nice aries or sites to stop for a night or two on the way that you know of please ?
    thanks jack:thumb:
     
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    Nice municipal site at La Fleche.
     
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    sully la loire aire by the chateau
     
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    You are welcome to call in on Parc Verger - always a warm welcome (and discount) for Funsters. Lovely tranquil site, with an excellent bar/restaurant in the village.
    Free wifi, decent loos, good hot showers, laundry facilities, and often other funsters on site.
    Wherever you go, have a great time.:BigGrin:
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    We went to the forest of Paimpont, which is strongly linked to the Arthurian legend, and is said to be the forest of Broceliande where Merlin is buried and where the Lady of the Lake had her castle - lots of great cycle rides. We liked the aire in the centre of Josselin, and it has a fantastic castle. We also loved Arzon in the Golfe du Morbihan. We stayed at a stunning site overlooking the sea, and stayed longer than we intended. Might be a bit out of your way, but all worth the trip.

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    Hi , Aire's at Chateau Gontier nice river side aire also town.Chalonnes sur loire nice aire, Change near laval aire,campsite at Clecy lovely riverside site, municipal c/s at fresnay sur sarthe nice site small pool pleasant town. and La Mailleraye sur seine aire on the banks of seine lovely aire also helps to avoid Rouenon way back going via Yvetot.
    Terry:sin::sin:
     
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    Hi Fidget. We overnighted at Chateau Gontier a few weeks ago and agree that the aire and the town were very pleasant. We did have difficulty, however, finding the water and the waste facilities. I spoke to the chap emptying the litter bins and he pointed in one direction for water and tried to explain where to find the vidange area, but despite his enthusiasm to help, my french was too poor to follow what he was saying! I went looking in the direction he pointed for the tap but the one I found didn't work so may have been the wrong one!

    Still despite that enjoyed the stroll along the river and through the town and impressed with the large expanse of the aire alongside the river bank.:thumb:

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    Very nice large Aire at Forges le Eaux..about 40kms North ish of Rouen only around an hour and a half/two hours or so from Calais and the boat..Nice area some good shops in the town and even an Irish Bar...
     
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    Try Beaumont Sur Sarthe, municipal between Alencon and Le Mans, we were there last week on our way back from a fab 3 weeks at Parc Verger:BigGrin:
     
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    We stayed one night at the free Aire in Mesniéres-en-Bray – beautiful little village with an enormous Chateau and cycle and walking paths go for miles in either direction.

    We had one of the best meals we've ever had in France at the Restaurant 'Auberge de Maison' and bread is available in the morning at the Tabac opposite the Aire.

    All facilities are free.

    Video of approach to Aire - [ame]http://youtu.be/oib_nC0cKlw[/ame]

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    Rob and Val - I have a Driving Recorder DR 32 - and the original clips played full screen on my PC are very much better quality than the Youtube quality.

    Reviewed by Techmoan - [ame]http://youtu.be/P-dfvPX0dOs[/ame]
     
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    :thumb: we liked this one . stopped earlier this year. make certain to enter via chateau. ignore the sat nav :Doh:eek:r test your driving skills
     
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    If you don't mind diverting NW into Pays de Loire and Bretagne, I'd suggest Le Croisic (5 small aires, best one overlooks the marina), Carnac, Quiberon (Port Blanc), Concarneau, Tregastel-Plage, Fougeres (NE of Rennes), Bayeux, and Honfleur.

    All of them have aires that I'd be happy to go back to, and indeed have gone back to.

    Bon Voyage.
     
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    Thanks to all for the tips im making notes and am sure to check a few out on route.
    Bob i was hoping to call at park verger on the way but satnav coordinates from your website wouldnt register in my satnav and map was not detailed enough to work out exactly where you are combined with my being a bit dim to work it out no doubt :BigGrin:. I think you maybe a bit south of pay du fou and not infront of my trip northward now ?
    Thanks again.
     
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    Yes, you are probably a bit north-west of us. Sorry you did not make it here this year, but we'll hope to see you on one of your future tours in France. Bit worried that your satnav would not take our coordinates - haven't heard that before. We'll ask some of those who arrive using satnavs if they've had a problem as we want to make it easy to get here, of course!:BigGrin:
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    Hi Autoswan, If you want map codes for satnav for any of these just give me a PM and I will reply post haste!
    Terry:sin::sin:
     
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    Thanks Terry satnav coordinates and map ref be great for any of those please :thumb:
    Also anyone else got coords for good places be great too.
    thanks:Smile:
     
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    Hi Autoswan,


    [​IMG] Aire: CHALONNES-SUR-LOIRE

    ADDRESS: AVE DE LA GARE
    TEL:02 41 74 10 81 FAX: 02 41 74 10 80
    EMAIL: mairie@chalonnes-sur-loire.fr
    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL

    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN
    LOCATION: URBAN/ LAKESIDE NO. OF SPACES: 20

    PRICES/ RATES:
    PARKING: FREE SERVICES: FREE
    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR
    GPS COORDS: N47.34958 W0.74850
    DIRECTIONS: From WEST, take D751 thru town, upon exiting town, cross BRIDGE & take 1ST RIGHT. AIRE is 100m on RIGHT.
    SITE DESCRIPTION A municipal aire situated about 1/2km to the east of the town centre, pleasantly positioned next to a large lake with spaces (shaded by trees) on grass overlooking the lake. Picnic tables. Artisanal service point with drainage grid. Walks/ cycling around lake, shops within a short walk, swimming pool & mini-golf.
    REVIEW: 2011 "The best address in this department! This aire welcomes motorhomes free on the edge of a lake & not far from the Loire, a swimming pool & minigolf. It is an ideal spot offering a fine view yet only 5 mins from the town centre."






    Aire: CHANGE

    ADDRESS:LAKE PARKING, RUE DU BAC
    TEL: 02 43 53 20 82 FAX: 02 43 67 06 06
    EMAIL: mairie.change@mairie-change.fr
    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL

    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/ BLACK DRAIN/ ELECTRIC
    LOCATION: SEMI-RURAL NO. OF SPACES: 6

    PRICES/ RATES:
    PARKING: FREE SERVICES: FREE
    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR
    GPS COORDS: N48.10048 W00.78532
    DIRECTIONS: From LAVAL take D104 NORTH to CHANGE. In town turn RIGHT over River (D561) & then LEFT at roundabout to the LAKE & AIRE.
    SITE DESCRIPTION: A nice waterside location; next to a lake and the Mayenne River in a large car park with a little shade in places. There are shops (Champion supermarket, Poste, boulangerie, butcher, pharmacy, etc) nearby - 10 mins walk away. The Raclet borne (with drainage grid) is badly situated at the car park entrance.
    REVIEW
    CAMPING CAR MAGAZINE RECOMMENDED 02/07: "On the waters edge, in a green location; a pleasant aire where you are certain of a rest."
    2007 A super Aire -- all that you need -- Quiet. Lovely environment. Nice walks. Shops nearby and the council employees are very helpful. There is a good service point with 4 electrical hook-ups.




    Aire: CHATEAU GONTIER

    ADDRESS:QUAI D'ALSACE, OFF RUE D'ALSCACE LORRAINE
    TEL:02 43 09 55 55 FAX: 02 43 07 96 82
    EMAIL:
    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL

    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN / TOILETS / RUBBISH
    LOCATION: URBAN/ RIVERSIDE NO. OF SPACES: 30

    PRICES/ RATES:
    PARKING: FREE SERVICES: FREE
    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR
    GPS COORDS: N47.82446 W00.70376
    DIRECTIONS: From LAVAL take N162 SOUTH to CHATEAU GONTIER. Follow N162 around town & over river -- turn RIGHT at 1st roundabout & then 1st RIGHT to RIVER & AIRE.
    SITE DESCRIPTION: A lovely waterside location, situated on a quay next to the River Mayenne on a tarmac parking area with a separate area for motorhomes having small trees providing some shade. The Aire with public gardens set behind it, has nice views over the river & is close to the town shops (250m), there is an adjacent Tourism booth & a Champion supermarket within 5 mins walk. The town has a good range of shops/ eating places with a street market on Thursday. The Artisanal service point with drainage grid is in the road next to the car park together with WC's.
    REVIEW
    2007 It's nice to spend a night right on the banks of the Mayenne yet close to the town centre & its amenities. The services & toilets appeared to be cleaned daily. A quiet night despite being next to a road & the bridge over the river.
    2007 A lovely spot next to a river, convenient for re-stocking the cupboards (a supermarket + shops are only 5 mins away), good services.
    2008 A good, popular aire but although it is quiet at night it suffers from traffic noise from about 6am onwards. There were several motorhomes parked opposite on the other side of the river, next to the cattle market which I suspect is a bit quieter. A nice town with good facilities & with nice walks/ cycling along the river towpath in both directions. Basic service point with fairly clean toilets adjacent.





    [​IMG] Aire: LA MAILLERAYE SUR SEINE

    ADDRESS:QUAI PAUL GIRARDEAU
    TEL:02 35 37 12 04 FAX: 02 35 05 39 64
    EMAIL: mairie-sg.lamaillerayesurseine@wanadoo.fr
    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL

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

    PRICES/ RATES: JETONS FROM MAIRIE/ BOULANGERIE OR BAR "LE FONTENAY"
    PARKING: FREE SERVICES: 2€
    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR
    GPS COORDS: N49.48449 E0.77325
    DIRECTIONS: Exit A13 @ Jcn 25 & take D913 NORTH to LA MAILLERAYE SUR SEINE. Follow D913 into village (RUE PASTEUR) & turn RIGHT into RUE DE LA REPUBLIQUE towards river. Turn LEFT @ river to AIRE.
    SITE DESCRIPTION: This is a nice place -- on the banks of the Seine with parking on grass or gravel alongside & overlooking the river, the village being about 300m distant (with a selection of shops & a bar). Parking is lit by streetlights, picnic tables are nearby & the Raclet service point has a large platform drain. Note: Be careful if parking on the grass banks of the river; ground is sloping & can be soft leading to possible difficulty in getting out again.
    REVIEW
    2007 A lovely position on the banks of the Seine River from where you can watch the boats pass by, a popular spot with other camping-caristes. The night here was quiet & there is a nice village a short walk away with good shops. Re: the warning about soft verges, one motorhome had to be towed out whilst we were here as he lost traction due to the long wet grass & slope.
    "Superb parking on grass on the banks of the Seine, very quiet."
    2011 "A superb stop on the banks of the Seine where there are 30 well spaces places."

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    Clecy la vey camp site
    Camping Les Rochers Des Parcs
    N48.916408 E0.47478

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    Campsite:CG MUNICIPAL DU SANS SOUCI

    FRESNAY-SUR-SARTHE

    ADDRESS:ALLEE ANDRE CHEVALIER, 72130, FRESNAY-SUR-SARTHE
    TEL: 02 43 97 32 87 FAX: 02 43 33 75 72
    EMAIL: camping-fresnay@wanadoo.fr
    FACILITIES:
    LEISURE: POOL OUTDOOR / PLAYGROUND/ GAMES ROOM/ ENTERTAINMENT
    CATERING: SHOP
    SERVICES: LAUNDRY
    SPORTS: TENNIS / FISHING
    DOGS ALLOWED
    LOCATION: SEMI-RURAL/ RIVERSIDE NO. OF TOURING PITCHES: 90
    RATING: 3*+ACSI
    PRICES/ RATES:
    PITCH: € 15 ADDL. PERSON: € ELECTRIC:
    CREDIT CARD ACCEPTED? :
    OPENING TIMES: 01/04 -- 30/09
    GPS COORDS: N48.28500 E00.01250
    DIRECTIONS: Site is well signposted in FRESNAY & is next to the RIVER to WEST of town.
    SITE DESCRIPTION: Situated on the banks of the River Sarthe, this Municipal campsite is located in the medieval town of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe. Pitches here are of medium size, mainly level & grassy, laid out in terraces & separated by high hedges with some shade. Most have 6A electric with water close by & the sanitary block is a good standard.
    Facilities on site include an outdoor heated pool, crazy golf, tennis & boules. There is a small shop on site selling basic groceries. Next to the camp there is a canoe hire shop where you can rent a canoe & take it along this interesting river.
    REVIEW
    2007 A nice little municipal campsite, sat right next to the Sarthe River in Fresnay. It has good pitches with plenty of privacy provided by surrounding hedges and shade is variable across the site. Some pitches are next to the river with good views. Toilets were fine. Pool is OK but we didn't use it much as the temperature was a bit on the cool side. Canoe hire is available at the site entrance -- well recommended; you can be dropped off further up the river & can then paddle back to Fresnay -- a lovely peaceful trip.


    Pleased to help

    :sin: Terry & Ann:sin:
     
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    Thanks Terry im checking em out now much appreciated mate . Jack
     
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