Where to go on first big trip?

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  1. Luvin156

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    Hi all we are going to be picking our first MH up in a week or so and will be planning some little local excursions shortly after.

    We are hoping to travel further afield in the October half term with our two boys, hopefully to catch some sun on the continent.

    Just looking for some advise on where to go in October to get the last of the sun?

    Cheers
    Paul
     
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    Spain.. but that's too far for just a week ..

    we are heading down to Dorset for 7 days.. .. it's pot luck with the weather in the UK .. prepare for the worst and hope for the best ..
     
  3. Bill_OR

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    Scotland! The weather in October is often great and it can be one of the best times to visit with loads of colour.
     
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    For a decent amount of October sunshine in Europe I'd suggest at least south of Bordeaux/Grenoble/Turin.

    Southern Spain can still be quite blistering in October but it took us 5 days to get there and that was only by putting a lot of road miles in each day. Likewise places like Sorrento in Italy are very pleasant in October, but it's a long drive. If you're talking a one week half term then presumably you don't want to be travelling for too long. It also depends on whether you want the beach life or not, and if so, what type. The Med can be sunny but not especially dramatic sea-wise, whereas the Atlantic coast can be warm and a bit more lively. Most surfers who are able to will head for SW France and N Spain in October. If you don't particularly want the sea then pretty much anywhere in S Europe is fair game.

    As you appear to be based in Norwich you should assume that if you're crossing from Dover/Folkestone it'll be at least two full days' travel just to get to the point where it's more likely to be sunny. You might choose to take a ferry direct to Bilbao but it's not cheap.

    A compromise solution might be the area around La Rochelle, which you can get to in a couple of days and has plenty of variety for entertaining your youngsters, but it won't be Mediterranean sunshine.
     
  5. WillH

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    As above, Scotland. Can be a bit hit and miss but we'll be away somewhere here in September and October. Last year went away in December and January as well. Cold, but clear days.
     
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    I've had good weather in Brittany, France in October.
     
  8. Robert Clark

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    How about the Romantic Road in Germany
    Lots to medieval villages, castles and wonderful scenery.
     
  9. WillH

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    Its like I said, hit and miss, we can have wonderful walking weather in October but sometimes it rains, a lot. We'll be going off anyway.
     
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    One week in late October is going to be a challenge to ensure better weather. Having said that, our experience is that travelling south through France, the Loire begins to show the first significant difference in climate from the UK. So the likes of Orleans, Tours and Nantes ought to be a bit warmer. Typically, inland has slightly higher temperatures than the coast.

    If it is of any interest, here is a link to a map of France illustrating the average annual sunshine hours measured over the 30 years from 1981 to 2010. You can see the Charente region does pretty well.

    http://www.meteopassion.com/ensoleillement-annuel.php#1123

    But, unfortunately, it's going to be all about improving your 'chances' of better weather, because nothing can be assured in advance with just one week available during autumn.

    Good luck wherever you decide to go and hope your first van works out well!
     
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    You get some fantastic sunshine in February too if you know where to go!
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    But for October, a great newbie route is Normandy for all the D-Day attractions. The kids would love it!
     
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    I'd second that too........and the dreaded midgies are usually gone by then too :dance2:
     
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