Travelling to France in November looking for low cost sites

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  1. redbox

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    Hi,we are heading for France in November/December,returning for Christmas and would appreciate "useful "information and details of places to stay.
    We are on a fairly tight budget so any aires or low cost "sites" as we would like to hook up on occasion !
    This is a first time trip to France ,we have booked our ferry to st Malo and intend to visit the Brittany area then work our way to Nomandy area,before heading back to the uk.
    In the new year we hope to return to France and make our way to Portugal and Spain and do similar.
    Many thanks
     
  2. Theonlysue

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    All the Aires France book is really useful.
    Think vicarious books in UK sell them.
     
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    Camp sites in most of France are quite cheap in the winter . . . . . . . . .'cause they're closed
    Many aires though will have electric but you may find, especially in the north, that the water has been turned off.
    We'd spent a month or so in the UK last year in February then headed towards Spain in early March. We didn't find water turned on in aires until we got well south of Le Mans
     
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    You need the ACSI book and card - wonderful campsites at low cost in low season. However, many French sites close end of September... The book tells you exactly when, and is available for Vicarious books as above...
     
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    I have a box full of guide books, aires books, camper stop books, site books etc etc .. .. more than enough to start a bookshop.. not used anymore..
    CamperContact .. that's all I use now.. (y)

    download the POIs for your sat nav, you can also buy the phone app £4.50 per year, which you can download the maps onto, it works without a data connection..

    http://www.campercontact.com/en/

    when you are driving and need to find a a site or aire, Go into the sat nav menu, select Campercontact POIs , press search and it brings up all the aires and sites starting with the ones closest to your position.. you can look at the POI on the sat nav map and get basic info .. . select which one you want and press navigate.. job done...

    no divorce proceedings pending :LOL:
     
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    As others have said you will have struggle to find many sites open in France in November and December. Especially in Normandy and Brittany, which are only slightly warmer than the UK at that time of year so take coats and hot water bottles.

    Your only real option is Aires. Buy the All the Aires book, but be aware it only covers a selection of Aires, nowhere near all of them. So get the Campercontact app for your Android or Apple phone, which covers many more - you will have to pay a yearly subscription of about £5 per year to get its full list. There are Aires with EHUs but not many, and those that do rarely have enough power for heating. So make sure you have a good supply of gas.
     
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    Remember in central France in winter it can be far colder than the uk and the snow can be far worse. You need to be well south to get warmer weather..BUSBY...
     
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    Hi redbox, we've travelled through France a few times and collected a number of wild camping or cheap aires.
    We log all our GPS coordinates on our blog and then consolidate by country. Here is the link to the French wild camping spots (about half way down the page) http://ourbumble.com/country-guides/france/
    Hope that helps
     
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    Wot he sed (y)

    We did a kind of similar trip in November the other year having a look at the D Day beaches. We started and finished in Calais though.

    We did the whole trip on aires, never had hook up and never had a problem. Give me a shout if you want to know where we stayed.

    You'll be fine with the weather. I spent most of the week in short sleeves and I don't think we used the heating in the van once.
     
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    I love France but I don't think I'd want to be stopping round the Northern areas at that time of year ... as you seem to have a fair bit of time it might be worth reconsidering and going a lot further South.
     
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    We've done Brittany and Normandy in December through to new year several times and stopped on aires every night. We had water on all but one aire over the 2-3 week period we were there and electric hook up on most. We used to use the All the Aires France but now prefer Campercontact.

    It can be done but you need to pick your aires by facilities as well as location.

    Good luck and enjoy.

    Denise
     
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    ...and remember that you can't get Calor Gas in France. However you will find plenty of room on the Aires.

    KH
     
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    Back to a very damp and cold Essex :-(
    Now there's brave words :). November /December northern France :)
    Do you have insider information from Meteo that you'd like to share with us all?
     
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    And I suspect that is all you will find in many cases,

    Good luck anyway.
     
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    Suppose its ok on the odd day,,bit like UK...BUSBY.
     
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    I think you were very very lucky with the weather at that time of year,,,BUSBY.
     
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    Try France passion sites. Virtually free and in nice places, some a bit hard to find. (available from Vicarious books)
    Phil
     
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    Yes, you can't get Calor Gas but you can buy propane but you'd need to buy French cylinder and adaptors and then you have a cylinder that can only be exchanged in France.
     
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    Or fit refillable bottle(s) and then fill up with Autogas.
     
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