Well we did it!! No problems.

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  1. The Cruisers

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    Over the last few weeks I have been asking for tips and recommendations on using aires for a week in France first time with our MH. We have just returned home after a wonderful week. Unfortunately I was having to use a crutch as I have a knee injury so that hindered me a bit. First stop was Neufchâtel en bray. What a pretty site just 3 others parked all of them french. There is a washing machine and tumble drier there and they are digging foundations for a building to house showers. It was 10€. Just wonder how much it will be per night when work completed.
    Next night we stayed at Honfleur very busy. 12€ inc electric. fantastic day in the town. Lovely restaurants.
    Then to St Valery sur Somme. 10€ no electric but we weren't bothered. Walked down to the medieval city and found a short cut back. Are there a few aires in St Valery because we passed one on our walk down the hill? Not sure if we stayed on the one listed in all the aires book but it was lovely.
    Then we drove to Fort Mahon Plage. 10€ and the aire was ok. Town good. Walked to beach - blew the cobwebs away! Again good restaurants it was hard to choose from.
    This was our first trip to France with our MH. We have been to France in our caravan loads of times over the years but always booked sites. I was worried about thefts and gassing etc after reading posts on this forum and was concerned about immigrants on the way back.

    Well I didn't need to worry about any of that. No problems at all on the sites and not a single immigrant to be seen. I spoke to one of the officials at the tunnel and they said there has been no trouble for the past week. There was a 30 minute delay on the way out due to a technical problem and we were able to leave an hour early on the way home.

    We had a great time. Roll on next year. We can only go in school holidays as I own a nursery that is term time so not sure what it will be like in the summer. Very busy no doubt.

    Thanks everyone for your advice and recommendations. Always ready to listen to recommendations but not so ready to hear about gassing and thefts. Just go and enjoy!! We did
     
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  2. Allan & Loren

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    Glad you had a good time. We went to France for the first time in ours this year too. Like you we'd been many times with a caravan and even tents so we were a little nervous but had a great time.
     
  3. LAM

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    A huge country for you to explore in the future, glad you had a great time :france:
     
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    I've been a couple of times but only to race through to Switzerland or Italy, I still have the aires and quaint towns to enjoy.

    Glad you had a good time, whereabouts is your Nursery, between L'hampton and Worthing by any chance?
     
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  5. Judge Mental

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    Don't worry re summer..yes its busier but nicer:)
     
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    Next time go a little further off the coast and try some free ones nothing like it in the UK
     
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    Glad you enjoyed and we second the above there are loads of really good free aires
     
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    Thanks. Can you let me know any names of free aires please? We want to try all sorts and I know next year is a way off but I can still look around.
     
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    Buy the book "All the Aires in France "it's only a few quid, well worth it.
     
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  10. PeteH

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    If you read French? Or is it in English Now! ( I know I should learn!!! But so far shouting works)

    Pete
     
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    Next time you go, try the free aire close to Neufchâtel. Can't remember the name but it's next to a great restaurant that used to be a station and an old railway track that is now a footpath/ cycle path. Great boulangerie just a few minutes walk into town too. You can buy a lot of croissants for the €10 you saved!
     
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    Just found it, it's at Saint Saire, the footpath is an Avenue Verte
     
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  14. John Laidler

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    The online resource we use is called www.campercontact.com There are android and iOS versions you can download which are very easy to use and work offline. It has a filter which you can set to display for example free aires or ones graded say 7 or higher.

    In the play store search for "nkc" or "allmotorhomeparkings".

    The aires book is good but having another resource can be very useful.
     
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    my "all the aires" is going the same way as my old A-Z went ;)(y)
     
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  16. Peter Sansom

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    Heard so much about the aires, must give them a go next time we cross the manche. The prices def sound right! We're thinking of Southern Ireland next year. Anyone got any advice as to where and when etc?
     
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    Southern Ireland is lovely but there are not great numbers of aires. We spent 3 weeks there in September and found some lovely stopping places. Howth yacht club (just outside Dublin) is a lovely place to stop-free.N53.388653°W6.067574
    Outerard. Overnight parking free at Camp Street Cafe, food is excellent.
    Loch Conn (aire) free right next to the loch, toilet,water,waste disposal available. N54.0936°W09.2994
    Visitor centre at Cliffs of Moher overnight in car park allowed
    Many pubs allow parking in their car parks, we stayed at Paidi O'Ses, Ventry on Dingle peninsula.
    Cobh seafront has 20 spaces for motorhomes allowing 48hrs free (we stayed longer) right on the Quay.
    Campsites tend to be quite expensive,but Strand camping at Doonbeg is excellent value (and they are funsters)
    Lovely country lovely people, go and enjoy.
     
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    Thanks for that, very useful info. Next summer a long way off and who knows where we may yet go? (The joy of motor homing). We reside in the Scottish Borders so its a bit of a trek to get to the Channel Ports. Our last trip was via Harwich to the Hook, which in itself was good, apart from an incident when a young Belgian lad on a racing bike hit Maureen on her bike and we ended up in A & E! (He was fine). Discovered loopholes in the insurance too, but thats a different tale. Quite fancy the Western Isles here as well...
     
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    A few quid! ------------ 30 quid and almost a waste of time with only about 25% of the aires in it.
    I'll be sticking with the free Camper Contact download thank you
     
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    Really strange this , while agreeing with you , we have all the Aires , but won't be getting another, when I first started on here, three years ago it was like the bible , no one had a bad word for it and everyone had it , now it's really gone out of fashion and all the threads have a downer on it, both the new size and not being what it says on the tin , we use an android app called simply , France Aires , it gets us all we need(y):)
     
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