Route to south of France

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  1. hdvrod

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    Been looking at various options of routes down through France end of next month avoiding toll roads.My favoured option is down past Clermont Ferrand and Millau,whats the thoughts of using this route in Feb?
     
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    Difficult to tell till the last moment ! It can be very snowy.... or quite warm!
    Best thing is to look at the forecast on "météo France" and have a plan B!:Smile:


    Amicalement

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    That's more or less what I thought :Smile:
     
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    I am heading that way end of March will it be OK then?
     
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    Would have thought would be fine then.
     
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    We've done Chateauroux, Limoges, Brive, Montauban, Cahors (aire), Toulouse, Carcassonne, Narbonne, Perpignon in the winter, to avoid very high ground, without much trouble. Clermont is a bit too high up and a long way from the sea for my liking.

    Forget to say, we don't normally use toll roads.
     
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    Came back that way in jan 20013. Very cold -15, lots of snow but road clear all the way. Main Trunk Route into Spain so kept clear for Trucks..Good route. Only toll Millaue Bridge. BUSBY:Smile:
     
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    If you are driving when there is snow on the ground even though the roads are cleared, do you have to have snow chains as part of the vehicle manifest?
     
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    hdvrod - we are planning to do that route in the middle of March so we would be grateful for a report back when you do it. Especially on any alternatives you took.

    To any of you who have done this in March we are planning to stop for the night in an Aire around Nevers/Moulins way and then try to do the "mountain" bit in a day and stop somewhere around Millau (or a bit South) the following night. Is that feasible please? Will the Aires near that route be busy at that time of year?
     
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    Worth considering stopover at La Couvertoirade as an interesting village
    http://www.lacouvertoirade.com/tourisme/en/index.php

    [​IMG]Fresh water in cemetary
     
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    Thank you. Are there any Aires or campsites (open in March) in the area that you know of - the website did not list any
     
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    Spent most of yesterday with wife searching for campsites that are open in Feb,we have nearly completed the list,it and the route is more west than the Millau and about 200 miles between each campsite,will post it on here when we have completed it.
     
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    I already did that for the Millau route - they are few and far between. But there are plenty of Aires that, according to the book, are open all year round.
     
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    If you cross Newhaven Dieppe on the night crossing it is an easy drive to MILLAU in the day. About ten hours. Excellent route all the way. Aire in centre of town at Millau. You will be on The Med before lunch the next day....BUSBY:BigGrin:
     
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    There is a large car park area by the village with toilets where you can park and there is the official motorhome area 100m down the road which will be open as well.

    DO NOT try to find the village by sat nav or you may have problems.

    The best access if you travel south on the D55 is a left turn approx 300m after passing the right turn D185, this will take you directly to the village and you will see the m/h area on your right in 100m and the car park a further 100m.
     
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    €12 for 24 hours :Eeek:
     
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    Thanks. I have now found it in my Aires book. But it says it has no water or waste disposal. Is that correct?
     
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    Thanks Busby. Newhaven is nice and easy for us, but I am already booked on the tunnel. My wife does not fancy crossings in March! And I am going to take the journey easy, rather than hammer down. That used to be what we did when we had kids, caravan and 2 weeks holidays, but not now.

    So early afternoon crossing and first stop at the great new Aire at Neufchattel. Then I reckon 6 hours or so (including a couple of breaks) will get us to Nevers way, and we will stay somewhere around there probably.
     
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