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Hi Guys

Looking for ideas for a tour of central France in late August for a month,

Happy to wild camp
Don’t need Campsites or facilities
Prefer villages to large towns
Enjoy walks and scenery
Like being away from people and close to nature

Any suggestions would be appreciated

Pm me if you prefer

Thanks in advance for any suggestions
 
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Well,we are going to do some of the Loire Valley on our way back to UK after being in Cabardes (look it up;)),in June,so I may have an answer for you by then.
Already some good recommendations if you find my post....”Loire Valley” should get you there.
 

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Just a top of the head idea - what about a few rivers? We've done the Loire end to end but you wont escape any crowds but what about some of the lesser ones? On our way back from the source of the Loire we followed the Lot for a while and it looked interesting and we will return to it some day.

The Lot isn't shown on this map of major rivers but I can see opportunities for several circular tours assuming you are starting from the Calais area. Just don't try and follow the rivers too literally - on our Loire trip it was more a case of following the valley of the Loire.

You could just see how many you can tick off even if all you do is drive across a few rather than following them for any appreciable distance. :)

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Several of our favourite places might fit the bill.

Working you way south, La Mailleraye-sur-Seine, which you already know.

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Sully-sur-Loire, free aire close to the river, lovely walk through the woods to the chateau.

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Sancoins, another free aire beside the disused Canal du Berry. Pleasant walks and cycling round quiet lanes. You can sit out beside the canal in the sun.

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Just along the road is Lurcy-Lervis. A small aire beside a lake in a park.

Heading further south there are lots of lovely villages just off the A75 south of Clermont-Ferrand.

Montpeyroux,

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La Malzieu-Ville,

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Blesle,

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La Canourgue,

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and La Couvertoirade, just to mention a few.

High in the hills west of Millau is The lovely Lac de Pareloup. A municipal camp site now turned into an aire.

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From there you could go further south and up into the Pyrenees. Lots of lovely places in the mountains.

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Heading north from the Pyrenees Moissac has a smashing new aire set between the River Tarn and a canal. Nice walk out of the back gate of the aire, along the canal bank to a lovely town.

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Writing this has quite wet my appetite again. We've only been home a week though so must stay here for a while as we've got lots of jobs to do.

Richard.
 

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Several of our favourite places might fit the bill.

Working you way south, La Mailleraye-sur-Seine, which you already know.

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Sully-sur-Loire, free aire close to the river, lovely walk through the woods to the chateau.

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Sancoins, another free aire beside the disused Canal du Berry. Pleasant walks and cycling round quiet lanes. You can sit out beside the canal in the sun.

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Just along the road is Lurcy-Lervis. A small aire beside a lake in a park.

Heading further south there are lots of lovely villages just off the A75 south of Clermont-Ferrand.

Montpeyroux,

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La Malzieu-Ville,

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Blesle,

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La Canourgue,

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and La Couvertoirade, just to mention a few.

High in the hills west of Millau is The lovely Lac de Pareloup. A municipal camp site now turned into an aire.

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From there you could go further south and up into the Pyrenees. Lots of lovely places in the mountains.

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Heading north from the Pyrenees Moissac has a smashing new aire set between the River Tarn and a canal. Nice walk out of the back gate of the aire, along the canal bank to a lovely town.

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Writing this has quite wet my appetite again. We've only been home a week though so must stay here for a while as we've got lots of jobs to do.

Richard.
I thought I was about to shout "house" for a minute there as been to the first 5 ! All of those come highly recommended and seconded. The lake at to the east of Limoges is also good with free Aires all round it. Milly la foret is good fontainebleu. Bourges is pretty. Anywhere in limousin is very q and the beef is nice
 

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My suggestion?

Head South.

Quickly, until they speak Spanish:)

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pretty much anywhere , plenty suggestions above, but just follow your nose , its all good , i like chaorals (sp)(n) area myself as its like being at home but in france(y):)

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Robert Clark

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Thank you guys for your suggestions, very much appreciated
 
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Hi Guys

Looking for ideas for a tour of central France in late August for a month,

Happy to wild camp
Don’t need Campsites or facilities
Prefer villages to large towns
Enjoy walks and scenery
Like being away from people and close to nature

Any suggestions would be appreciated

Pm me if you prefer

Thanks in advance for any suggestions

+1 for The Vercors: We did it last year.
 

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I thought I was about to shout "house" for a minute there as been to the first 5 ! All of those come highly recommended and seconded. The lake at to the east of Limoges is also good with free Aires all round it. Milly la foret is good fontainebleu. Bourges is pretty. Anywhere in limousin is very q and the beef is nice
I thought I was about to shout "house" for a minute there as been to the first 5 ! All of those come highly recommended and seconded. The lake at to the east of Limoges is also good with free Aires all round it. Milly la foret is good fontainebleu. Bourges is pretty. Anywhere in limousin is very q and the beef is nice
Which lake East of Limoges please?
Phil
 

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