In France with motorhome for first time

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  1. CUJIMI

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    Hi,

    we're at Folkestone camp site and are travelling over to Calais in a few hours. We haven't booked up anywhere based on previous discussions with members and we're getting a bit anxious. I know there are a lot of francophiles out there. Can anyone suggest a good camp site either caravan club or camping and caravanning that we can drive to and have a good chance of booking in. We know about the aires but for the first night we'd like to get into a good camp site. We only want to travel about 150 miles max from Calais and want to travel round Normandy and Brittany for a first visit. There are two motorhomes travelling together, all first timers.

    Also if anyone can suggest places of interest, that would be appreciated.

    Thanks for any help you can give us.:thumb:
     
  2. kat_lewis

    kat_lewis Read Only Funster

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    If you are aiming for Normandy head down the a16 towards Abbeville there are sites near the coast and you will be 1hr30 from Calais so plenty of time to look around :thumb:
     
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    Greetings,

    If you want to have a look at both kinds of motorhoming in one spot, you could do worse than Neufchatel en Bray.
    Its about 2hrs from Calais, and has a good site where, alongside, the family that has the site have just built an Aire. Along the road is a Le Clerc supermarket and both Aldi and Lidl. and the town has everything you could want. It's a good first stop for the novice.
    Can recommend.
     
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    I know you said campsite but I really recommend going to Honfleur aire.

    It's on your way.

    You'll be a walk from a fantastic town.

    You'll get the french motorhome experience on your first day.

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    Consider putting N 50--29.717 E 001--57.953 into your sat. navs. this is an aire just less than 50 miles from Calais and it really is a brilliant spot to see if you like aires. there is a spotless toilet and shower block and the lady comes around in the evening to collect her 6 euro ish.

    There are no shops nearby so ensure you have all the necessary provisions

    Enjoy France we love it.
     
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    Hi there, hoping you're having fun. There are loads of places to stay and getting on will not be a problem. We called in at Etretat on the coast between Frecamp and Le Havre last year. You have a choice of a campsite or Aire right on the edge of the town they are side by side. You could either walk in or cycle. There are some heat walks over the cliffs and lunch at the Casino on the front is very good value. If you play golf then the course at Etretat is spectacular right on top of the cliffs over looking the channel.
     
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    Sorry to butt in, but threads like this are what its all about. I love it, all that info in under an hour, Priceless:thumb:

    Have a great trip:BigGrin:
     
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    We like le Crotoy aire as a first stop on this route. Not far off the A16 but we take the secnic route and avoid the toll. There are loads of very decent aires along the coast to Normandy, no need to pay extra on a campsite.

    I would definitely stay at Honfluer aire as its a lovely town and tons of space at the aire.

    We stayed at the municipal at Bayuex last year which was a very nice campsite and town not to far to walk.

    we use the tolls if we are in a hurry to get somewhere, but this is unusual.

    relax and have a good time, your going to love it. I can't wait til May when we return to France.

    Cheers Steve
     
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    As in previous post,,Neufchatel en bray campsite,,spotless campsite, with grass more like a bowling green with hard standing for the wheels,:Smile:
     
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    Greetings Again,

    And just for our 'other' listener, and to avoid any confusion, Neufchatel en Bray and Camping St Clair are the same place.

    We can't all be wrong, it's a cracking spot.:thumb:
     
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    Got to agree with this post. :thumb:
    I know you mentioned you didn't fancy Aires but Le Crotoy, IMO is great for a first time visitor. Not too far to drive on easy roads. Feels safe ,plenty of places to eat, gets you into holiday mood straight away and ready for your treat at Honfleur. This time of year they shouldn't be too busy.
     
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    Hi, from Calais head for NEUFCHATEL EN BRAY on the A16 South, approx. 1.5hrs you will see Neufchatel turnoff, take the slip road, head into Centro, you will pick up the Camping Saint Clare sign with 2 entrances, take the main one which is the second entrance, pull up outside Reception, talk to Francis the proprietor (usually on his bike waiting to take you to a pitch) the cost will be approx. 16euros per night, well worth it,the site is clean, well laid out with spotless loo facilities etc. you can order your morning 'pan' (bread) with Francis when you pitch up. The Town of Neufchatel is about 20 mins walk to your RIGHT when you leave the site, passing Leclere's the supermarket AND Mcdonalds (Free WIFI) on the way.
    we stay there both on our way South then again on the way back up North when we reluctantly have to head for home via Calais after our 5 or 6 week tour of France (we will be there at Neufchatel the afternoon of the 13th June and stop for a few days before heading South) we will be in our trusty 'Liverpool Girl' Mercedes Sprinter Conversion who as we talk is coming through the 'oven' after having a new coat of paint (all white) we then put her new colours on to complete the job, blue and grey stripes, can't wait!! good luck on your journey, take care of each other & the 'Van[​IMG].
     
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    Just as our Blessed Leader has already posted...

    This is what Fun is all about... :thumb:


    (And delivering Fray Bentos Pies, no chicken or kidney, to Central Portugal.)


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    How did the first night go?

    :cry: or :clap:
     
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    The OP is off having a great time by now but I too have to praise Le Crotoy too. Always a great spot and has a second smaller aire if you find the larger too, err, large.

    Awesome selection of places to eat with mussels served all year.

    I dislike Le Hourdel on the other side of the point though. Only two places to eat (Le Parc Aux Huitres) which is pretty dreadful and Le Pointe Du Hourdel, which is good but gets rammed at weekends.
     
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    Thanks for the info on aires
     
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    What area is this Alan?
     
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    Just to show I read the OP. You will not find Caravan club or Camping and caravan club sites outside the UK. Though I did find one near Biarritz that was just like one, including parking on the peg, needless to say won't go there again.
     
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    Me too. I bookmark all these touring threads for our future trips. I'm an insufferable organiser having been largely office based for the last 20 years of my working life. So far I've got Touring France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Europe, Scandinavia, UK as well as particular threads on Aires near Calais and all things to do with WW2 sites which we hope to do this year. :Doh:
     
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