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grath
22-08-2009, 13:21
The town is called Aire s/l Adour near Mont de Marsan
The aire is by the river.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2547.jpg

Moissac, 3 pictures along the river & canal between Agen & Montauban, great cycle paths
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2553.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2571.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2573.jpg

Castelsarrasin, 3 pictures by the canal between Agen & Montauban again great cycle paths
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2622.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2597.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2605.jpg

San Sylvestrie, On the river Lot east of Villeneuve
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2638.jpg
The view from our van at San Sylvestrie
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2627.jpg

Brezolles in a small walled apple orchard west of Dreux
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2666.jpg

orian
22-08-2009, 13:46
Smashing pictures which remind me of my recent holiday in France spent mainly on Aires. If only it was the same here in the UK, dream on.

grath
22-08-2009, 13:52
Smashing pictures which remind me of my recent holiday in France spent mainly on Aires. If only it was the same here in the UK, dream on.

Yes I know what you mean:) we spent 18 nights and had only 3 on a camp site and that was only because we joined up with Kaths sister with their caravan.
After 3 days we couldn't get moving quick enough:D
ps, I have put more details to the pictures.

grath
22-08-2009, 13:53
By the way, we overnighted
at Dover Patrol on the way home.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_1476-1.jpg

orian
22-08-2009, 14:15
Thanks for the additional info on the pictures.
When we returned home I struggled to remember what each Aire was like so I have vowed to take pictures next year.
There are some beautiful Aires in France and I have probably used less than 100 over the past few years and usually they are quieter than camp sites. If they are'nt I just move to the next.

grath
22-08-2009, 15:37
More pictures added showing views from the aire

shortcircuit
22-08-2009, 15:45
Just back from France and was on 14 different Aires some good and some not to bad. Would recommend to anybody to give it a try as they are just like CLs or CSs although they are not as isolated.

grath
22-08-2009, 15:51
Just back from France and was on 14 different Aires some good and some not to bad. Would recommend to anybody to give it a try as they are just like CLs or CSs although they are not as isolated.

And they are usually free:cool::cool:

grath
22-08-2009, 15:55
Just back from France and was on 14 different Aires some good and some not to bad. Would recommend to anybody to give it a try as they are just like CLs or CSs although they are not as isolated.

Have you any pictures:confused:

shortcircuit
22-08-2009, 16:02
Did not bother with pics as they were from the Aires guide which already contained a pic.

We only found 2 that were free with the others ranging from 3 to 12 euros

grath
22-08-2009, 16:04
Did not bother with pics as they were from the Aires guide which already contained a pic.

You were very lucky as we rarely find a descent picture of an aire in any of the guides (well any that we may use)

shortcircuit
22-08-2009, 16:14
I will agree that the photos in the guide are non to good. You also have to take the description with a pinch of salt and remember that it is an opinion. The guide suggests that St Valery en Caux is "one of the best Aires in France". It was full when we tried to get on and they were cheek by jowl and looked downtrodden by obvious long stayers. We moved on rapidly and marked it off the list not to return at peak season.

grath
22-08-2009, 16:16
Did not bother with pics as they were from the Aires guide which already contained a pic.

We only found 2 that were free with the others ranging from 3 to 12 euros

The only aire's that we paid for were at Brantome and Aire s/l Adour and both were 3 euro per night.

grath
22-08-2009, 16:39
Rouen
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_0776.jpg

Braire South east of Orleans
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_0665.jpg

Oradour s Glane, ( With a lot of history) north of Limoges
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_0489.jpg

Beaugency, west of Orleans
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_1447.jpg

Perigeux
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_0352.jpg

Brantome north of Perigeux
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_0544.jpg

Gien, east of Orleans near to Briare
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_1153.jpg

St Antonin Noble Val, north east of Montauban
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_1211.jpg

Lac Pareloup, south of Rodez
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_1252-1.jpg

grath
23-08-2009, 06:48
The other end of the aire at Lac Pareloup
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_1234.jpg

St Savin, between Potiers & Chateauroux
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_0370.jpg

As above
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_0371-1.jpg

grath
23-08-2009, 06:56
Cirq Lapopie, east of Cahors on the river Lot, expensive, I think we paid about 7 euro a couple of years ago
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_1371-1.jpg

As above
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_1377.jpg

Uzerche, south of Limoges, north of Tulle.
No picture of the aire but this was taken from the aire
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_1420.jpg

The aire is behind the trees on the right and it has free electricity
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_1432.jpg

grath
23-08-2009, 07:40
Another view of the aire at Briare, the vans are by the canal wharf
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_0708.jpg

and the over spill aire
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_0673.jpg

The over spill aire is to the left of the aqueduct that goes over the Loire
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_0713.jpg

Ambialet, east of Albi
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_0717.jpg

grath
23-08-2009, 16:00
Please add to this thread if you have pictures of any French aire's:):)
with a little info as to roughly where they are.
Thanks

grath
23-08-2009, 20:43
Please add to this thread if you have pictures of any French aire's:):)
with a little info as to roughly where they are.
Thanks
Come on Guys & Gals surely someone must have some pictures.:)
Gives us an idea as to if the aire is to our liking and the sort of place that we would want to overnight at.
Lets build up a great data base:cool::)
Make one up for other countries as well

lenny
23-08-2009, 21:32
Just picked up on this thread tonight:o, thanks for the pics and info Graham,you,re a star;):)

coolasluck
24-08-2009, 10:32
My god is that sunshine i see,i havent seen sunshine since i dont know when!

wints
24-08-2009, 11:31
Please add to this thread if you have pictures of any French aire's:):)
with a little info as to roughly where they are.
Thanks

That's us at Mercantine aires on Lake Vaughans sept 2007. Cost nothing. It's somewhere north of Annecy.
Same year we looked for but couldn't find the one at Lac Paraloup.

rebbyvid
24-08-2009, 13:09
Nice pics Gaham see you had a good time
rob

grath
24-08-2009, 17:10
Thanks Wints for adding to the picture data base of aires.:cool: more please:)
Rob thanks and please add yours:)
Please everybody add to this as it will help us all to decide if an aire in a particular place would meet our expectation instead of turning up to an aire with no knowledge of what it looks like:confused:
Many of us do go to Europe and I am sure that there must be many pictures out there:D

rommel
25-08-2009, 09:46
We are going down to this area next week and your photos look very nice. I have looked at the Campingcar Infos site and there doesnt appear to be many aires in this area, can you recommend any stop over aires in Agen and down the canal. Thanks Tony

grath
25-08-2009, 17:21
We are going down to this area next week and your photos look very nice. I have looked at the Campingcar Infos site and there doesnt appear to be many aires in this area, can you recommend any stop over aires in Agen and down the canal. Thanks Tony

Hi Tony, you already have them.
Moissac
Castlesarrasin
Both very nice places.:):)
Disappointed that we have no more pictures but??:(:(

quicksam
25-08-2009, 19:16
St Valery en Caux

706

cipro
25-08-2009, 19:23
St Valery en Caux

been there 3 years ago and lucky to park and that was in May.
Some motor homers looked as they have been there a while, and some
were very protective about there slot:eek::eek:

quicksam
25-08-2009, 19:25
Can't blame them - it's a very nice spot.

wee zee
25-08-2009, 20:25
Hi Everyone, Does anyone live in their motorhomes? It must be great not to have a letterbox and be a free spirit. Maybe I'll buy a Hymer and hit the road. Good luck to all.

grath
26-08-2009, 19:18
Hi Guys, Surely Wints, Quicksam and I (grath) cannot be the only Wildcampers that go to France and use Aire's:confused:
Come on, don't keep them to yourself, it would be nice to see a few of yours:)
Please contribute as I for one would like to see more pictures of aire's.

wints
27-08-2009, 21:20
Hi Guys, Surely Wints, Quicksam and I (grath) cannot be the only Wildcampers that go to France and use Aire's:confused:
Come on, don't keep them to yourself, it would be nice to see a few of yours:)
Please contribute as I for one would like to see more pictures of aire's.

Looks like I better dig a few more out then.
I lost a lot when I had a hard drive failure earlier this year, and guess who hadn't backed them up anywhere ! ?

Here's one that didn't escape. It's Montreuil Bellay nr. Saumur. Right next to an old monastery, and the Loire.
Allen

wints
27-08-2009, 21:32
I'm on a roll now, I've found another.
St Circ Lapopie, again on the river. Should've been 7 Euros but the guy in the adjacent campsite never turned up so it was free. A few frenchies were parked up just outside the aires, probably to avoid paying at all.

Allen

grath
28-08-2009, 11:51
I'm on a roll now, I've found another.
St Circ Lapopie, again on the river. Should've been 7 Euros but the guy in the adjacent campsite never turned up so it was free. A few frenchies were parked up just outside the aires, probably to avoid paying at all.

Allen

We have both been there then:D
Keep that roll coming and thanks again for the contribution.
Come on you other folks:)

wints
28-08-2009, 13:19
We have both been there then:D
Keep that roll coming and thanks again for the contribution.
Come on you other folks:)

We're at the aire at Albas, on the Lot. June 2008. Just outside a closed campsite. Dumping and water was 'on', and free. We were on our lonesomes here. A bit noisy at night with the adjacent weir, we couldn't turn it off ! I think that was a 3 bottle (of red) night !

Allen

grath
28-08-2009, 13:21
We're at the aire at Albas, on the Lot. June 2008. Just outside a closed campsite. Dumping and water was 'on', and free. We were on our lonesomes here. A bit noisy at night with the adjacent weir, we couldn't turn it off ! I think that was a 3 bottle (of red) night !

Allen

That sounds really nice and the sound of water would send me to sleep:):)

Sunshine Bus
28-08-2009, 13:46
We have just got back from our first Wild camping trip to France. Stayed on Aires the whole 13 days and the ferry is booked for Sept to go back for another 16 days.

We loved it.:)

Found this beautiful Aire overlooking the Loire at St Clement Des Levees (D952) but dont be fooled, you get woken up at 6am by the church bells, then again every half hour till you get up and move. A few of the Aires we have stayed on had this problem.

Not a problem if you a an early riser I guess !!!:eek:

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd129/ukmodified/Picture036-1.jpg

grath
28-08-2009, 14:18
Hi SunshineBus.
Looks a nice aire, typical Loire:cool:
Thanks for taking the time & effort to post your picture.:cool:

Sunshine Bus
28-08-2009, 16:30
Hi... no problem, if everyone shares their experiences there are fewer nasty surprises.:(

We stayed at a lot of aires but didnt take too many photos of them unfortunatley.

This one is not really an aire, but a very large car park (mostly grass) over looking the sea at Arromanches in Normandy. You can park overnight and was quite full. It was meant to be 5 euros but the guy takig the money had left before we arrived (7pm) and had not returned by the time we left the next morning at 9am.

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd129/ukmodified/Picture084.jpg

ian81
28-08-2009, 17:35
.....but dont be fooled, you get woken up at 6am by the church bells, then again every half hour till you get up and move. A few of the Aires we have stayed on had this problem.

Not a problem if you a an early riser I guess !!!:eek:

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd129/ukmodified/Picture036-1.jpg

Can be worse in some places where the bells carry on through the night -especially as they repeat so at midnight you get 12 followed a couple of minutes later by another 12!!!!

We have been put off parking in some French villages by the proximity of the clock -unsure if it keeps going or shuts off between 10pm and 6!!!

Baggins
28-08-2009, 23:59
How do you post pics with script as per Grath please - rather than them appearing as attachments.

BW

veedubinfrance
29-08-2009, 07:44
Hi Baggins,
open an a ccount with a site like Photobucket Image hosting, free photo sharing & video sharing at Photobucket (http://photobucket.com/)

upload your pictures and the select 'IMG code' in the dropdown menu of the picture and then paste it into your post like this

http://i667.photobucket.com/albums/vv32/Riever/50b0b7e7_resized.jpg

This is the entrance to our small wood here in France and I reckon you could get a campervan in there (I can trim back the laurel :)) and there is water and electricity over there, so it could be a small 'aire'

This is the view form the 'aire'
http://i667.photobucket.com/albums/vv32/Riever/a714e389_resized.jpg

regards

Dave

veedubinfrance
31-08-2009, 08:13
Aire by the river at Saint Antonin Noble Val in the Aveyron

http://i667.photobucket.com/albums/vv32/Riever/AirebytheAveyronStAntonin2.jpg

http://i667.photobucket.com/albums/vv32/Riever/AirebytheAveyronStAntonin3.jpg

http://i667.photobucket.com/albums/vv32/Riever/AirebytheAveyronStAntonin1.jpg

100 metres from the river and canoe hire and 5 minutes walk into the town, looked OK.

grath
31-08-2009, 17:43
Hi Veedubinfrance.
Its a nice little aire is it not:) it was absolutely roasting when we were there a couple of years ago:D

channa
29-11-2009, 13:39
Not fantastic photos I am afraid all taken on a mobile phone.

A few Aires visited this 'tour' In September and October

Firstly Biscarosse normally 5 euros a night but no one collecting money when I visited

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii203/channa_2008/002-8.jpg

Contin plage which also on the Cotes De Landes
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii203/channa_2008/003-9.jpg

And a little further down the coast at Moliets et maa
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii203/channa_2008/005-9.jpg

Clamecy back towards the North
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii203/channa_2008/012-8.jpg

Finally Charleville meziers near the Belgian border

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii203/channa_2008/017-5.jpg

Regards

Channa

rickboy
29-11-2009, 14:02
They are pretty good pictures!!!
Mind you those CI's are very photogenic (I have a rivera 141)
.
All looks so inviting on a wet Nov day in Blighty.

Charleville- Mezieres is a nice town, on the river ,walk to nice old town and shops. Dare I mention it also has a very modern Municipal Site next to the aire if you fancy one.You could always cover your number plate so none of us recognise you.

channa
29-11-2009, 14:34
The background in the Charleville shot is indeed the municipal campsite. Which was closed mid October. Apparently when it is open, the do a deal on electricity.

There is a large swimming pool close by , where I found myself on the Friday night having a dip !!!....And a hot shower afterwards...I even played on the log flumes:eek: 46 going on 15 !!...Boy did I ache the following day !!! ...excercise is tiring !!!

Channa

John H
30-11-2009, 17:17
Hi Guys, Surely Wints, Quicksam and I (grath) cannot be the only Wildcampers that go to France and use Aire's:confused:
Come on, don't keep them to yourself, it would be nice to see a few of yours:)
Please contribute as I for one would like to see more pictures of aire's.


Hi

Use French Aires as often as I can - brilliant system - but haven't ever taken photos because there are stacks of photos in the books or on the CAMPINGCAR-INFOS (http://www.campingcar-infos.com) website. Maybe I'll have to start photographing them now.

Happy travels.

channa
30-11-2009, 19:01
Hi

Use French Aires as often as I can - brilliant system - but haven't ever taken photos because there are stacks of photos in the books or on the CAMPINGCAR-INFOS (http://www.campingcar-infos.com) website. Maybe I'll have to start photographing them now.

Happy travels.

Frankly I wouldnt bother taking pics, the effort involved for one 'thanks' and one comment is not worth the effort.

People seem more interested in other things some of which nowt to do with camping cars.

Keep em to yourself !!!

Live and learn as they say

Channa

grath
30-11-2009, 19:10
Frankly I wouldnt bother taking pics, the effort involved for one 'thanks' and one comment is not worth the effort.

People seem more interested in other things some of which nowt to do with camping cars.

Keep em to yourself !!!

Live and learn as they say

Channa

Don't agree at all:( If you are thinking of going to an area, it is nice to see what the aires look like before you go:)
Or you might see something that takes your fancy and then you go to have a look.
It is all about sharing our great finds and not keeping them to ourselves.:)
Or I could just delete all my photo's:D
Thanks for adding your photo's:)

rickboy
30-11-2009, 19:11
There you are. Three more thanks.
As my Dad used to say "civility costs nothing" and like all the other things our parents told us it turns out to be true

grath
30-11-2009, 19:18
Frankly I wouldnt bother taking pics, the effort involved for one 'thanks' and one comment is not worth the effort.

Channa
Regarding thanks:confused:
I have noticed that you can start a thread of good intentions and advice or whatever and sometimes you get little or no thanks and someone agrees with the thread and gets all the thanks:eek::D:confused: Crazy, butsometimes you get many thanks:o
Whatever, you can't win, just post and accept what comes, if you get a thanks, all well & good and if you don;t, so what, just think whatever to yourself:D:D

channa
30-11-2009, 19:18
Don't agree at all:( If you are thinking of going to an area, it is nice to see what the aires look like before you go:)
Or you might see something that takes your fancy and then you go to have a look.
It is all about sharing our great finds and not keeping them to ourselves.:)
Or I could just delete all my photo's:D
Thanks for adding your photo's:)

TBH Grath I read this thread before my travels and vowed to take a few pics and add value ( I hope to the forum ).

Hence spent time taking the pics and having far more fun with photobucket than i should do in an effort to post.

Subsequently on what is a camping car forum, minimal acknowledgement of my efforts..

Like you from the sounds of it having good days and bad at the present

Channa

grath
30-11-2009, 19:19
TBH Grath I read this thread before my travels and vowed to take a few pics and add value ( I hope to the forum ).

Hence spent time taking the pics and having far more fun with photobucket than i should do in an effort to post.

Subsequently on what is a camping car forum, minimal acknowledgement of my efforts..

Like you from the sounds of it having good days and bad at the present

Channa
Please keep sharing your photo's Thanks:cool::cool:

John H
01-12-2009, 19:04
Frankly I wouldnt bother taking pics, the effort involved for one 'thanks' and one comment is not worth the effort.

People seem more interested in other things some of which nowt to do with camping cars.

Keep em to yourself !!!

Live and learn as they say

Channa

How much effort does it take to post - and if one person is grateful then you have brightened up a life. Did you get out of bed the wrong side this morning? By the way, people who are keen on wildcamping are allowed to have views on other subjects as well. Smile, life is too short.......

channa
01-12-2009, 19:08
How much effort does it take to post - and if one person is grateful then you have brightened up a life. Did you get out of bed the wrong side this morning? By the way, people who are keen on wildcamping are allowed to have views on other subjects as well. Smile, life is too short.......

On this occasion a lot.

I agree

Yes
Yes

and :)

Channa

l77 tuf
01-12-2009, 19:50
thanks for photos they good but im sure it says in the french aire book that your not allowed to put your awnings out or chairs as a sign of respect for other users and i see in some photos people are taking no notice of this recomendation

David & Ann
01-12-2009, 20:31
The town is called Aire s/l Adour near Mont de Marsan
The aire is by the river.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2547.jpg

Moissac, 3 pictures along the river & canal between Agen & Montauban, great cycle paths
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2553.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2571.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2573.jpg

Castelsarrasin, 3 pictures by the canal between Agen & Montauban again great cycle paths
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2622.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2597.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2605.jpg

San Sylvestrie, On the river Lot east of Villeneuve
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2638.jpg
The view from our van at San Sylvestrie
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2627.jpg

Brezolles in a small walled apple orchard west of Dreux
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2666.jpg

Hi Graham, great pictures. Is it all free Camping or do you have to pay?

grath
02-12-2009, 07:18
All free except for Aire s/l Adour and that was 3 Euro per night:)

grath
02-12-2009, 07:31
Anybody:)
Please post your photo's of French Aire's here on this data base:)

rebbyvid
02-12-2009, 17:03
Will get mine on soon,taking a while to work out where half of them are :confused::confused:

rebbyvid
02-12-2009, 17:11
Heres the 8 euro Aire just before you get to Mont st michael facing the campsite
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t203/rebbyvid/aires/8euroaireatthemont.jpg

grath
02-12-2009, 18:25
Looks like a camp site Rob:D

John H
02-12-2009, 20:33
Looks like a camp site Rob:D

I know the aire he's talking about - opposite the campsite - and there's also an Aire de Stationment at the coast, looking directly at Mont St Michel and which cost, if I remember correctly, about the same and which you usually share with at least 100 others - but the views are fantastic.

rickboy
03-12-2009, 08:53
The Aire is very spacious,limited EHU posts,you may need an extension lead and double-up adaptor.No extra charge for EHU if I remember correctly.

If you drive to the castle car park you pay on entry.(difficult to turn around if you dont fancy the charges.I think about€5).The car park is tidal and liable to flood at some high tides,it varies,unless you park on the road which is built up.

If I went again I would go straight to the aire and walk to the castle.I would estimate 30+.mins or so .You could try to park in the village and have a look at how far the walk is.

grath
27-03-2010, 16:16
A link to Nolly,s pictures

http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/photo-gallery/9334-provence-cote-d-azur-france.html#post93942

Nolly
31-03-2010, 15:58
View of Les Baux de Provence.
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab116/polly19692009/DSCF1924.jpg

Car park at the cave opposite Les Baux.
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab116/polly19692009/DSCF1922.jpg

Parking possible at the Maison Retraite Six-Fours Les Plages.
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab116/polly19692009/DSCF2050.jpg

Aire at Montbrison (Drome)
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab116/polly19692009/DSCF2300.jpg

Aire La Motte. This is a new aire which has been moved from other side of village.
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab116/polly19692009/DSCF2004.jpg

Aire at Thon-Les Vosges.
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab116/polly19692009/DSCF1749.jpg

Aire at Mercantine on Lac Vouglans. If full about 100 mts before follow sighn for plage enough space for about 30 motorhomes.
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab116/polly19692009/DSCF0617.jpg

Car park at Sixte-Fer-a-Cheval. In one of the most picturesque places in France. If your there when the snow is melting April May time you will be rewarded with some of the most superb waterfalls on the cirque-Fer-Cheval.
There is an aire close by with sevices.
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab116/polly19692009/DSCF0908.jpg

Car park at the Cirque-Fer-Cheval. You can even rent a horse to do the circuit.
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab116/polly19692009/DSCF0825.jpg

Breakfast By the canal at Pont-a-Bar. What a Country!
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab116/polly19692009/DSCF1738.jpg

grath
31-03-2010, 19:14
Thanks Nolly great pictures and info.
Thanks again, Graham

Belgian
31-03-2010, 19:25
Thanks Nolly,
You sure do know how to promote la belle France :rolleyes::):)
Leo

Nolly
01-04-2010, 10:56
Thanks for your replies guys, it makes posting pics and sharing info on aires feel worthwhile.:)

grath
01-04-2010, 11:05
Thanks for your replies guys, it makes posting pics and sharing info on aires feel worthwhile.:)

My sentiments exactly:)
Thanks again Nolly for contributing to this thread:cool:

NWPT
01-04-2010, 12:58
Looking at your pics is getting me even more excited about our trip in May:)

Thanks Guys, will post pics on my return, the UK needs to follow suit!

vindiboy
26-04-2010, 15:46
We did the trip to Portugal this year, we left England on then 6 th Jan and travelled down in the snow, no real problems ,we stayed on Aires and wild camped for 110 nights not using campsites at all. We used the Aires book for France and also the Aires book for Spain and Portugal from Vicarious books and they were very good.

grath
14-05-2010, 05:27
A link to Nollys thread, Thanks Nolly

http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/general-chat/10049-french-aires.html

AireCampingCar.com : Toutes les aires de services pour Camping-Cars, dans toutes les régions de France (http://www.airecampingcar.com/)

And a link to Dezi, Aire on a shoestring thread. Thanks Dezi
http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/general-chat/10552-aires-shoestring.html#post105820

grath
14-05-2010, 10:09
Details on Stop Accueil Camping Car

http://www.ffcc.fr/data/GENERAL/file/36pages_stop_accueil_bat.pdf

Les campings Stop-Accueil Camping-Car - Fédération Française de Camping et de Caravaning (http://www.ffcc.fr/62/liste/campings/stop-accueil-camping-car.aspx)

grath
04-07-2010, 15:33
As the holiday season is upon us, if anyone can add to this thread with more photographs of Aire's it would be most appreciated.:)

We will be off on our annual jaunt soon and will post more on our return:D

vindiboy
04-07-2010, 15:45
By the way, we overnighted
at Dover Patrol on the way home.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_1476-1.jpg
I like the look of Dover Patrol, where exactly is it Please.

grath
04-07-2010, 15:48
I like the look of Dover Patrol, where exactly is it Please.

From Dover go up the hill Jubilee Way (A2) to the roundabout. Turn right direction Sandwich and in about half a mile turn right to St Margarets at Cliffe and follow signs or ask for the Dover Patrol monument.
You drive through a village and just before you cant go any further, turn left and you go along a bumpy rd with nice houses on each side. It is a dead end rd.
Maybe someone can give sat nav positions as I don't use one.:D

vindiboy
04-07-2010, 15:49
I have some Aires pictures , don't know if I can post them though, I will try.

grath
04-07-2010, 15:51
Thanks Vindiboy, great photo's of aire's:cool::cool:
The Landrover in the first looks a little rare!

Dezi
04-07-2010, 16:06
From Dover go up the hill Jubilee Way (A2) to the roundabout. Turn right direction Sandwich and in about half a mile turn right to St Margarets at Cliffe and follow signs or ask for the Dover Patrol monument.
You drive through a village and just before you cant go any further, turn left and you go along a bumpy rd with nice houses on each side. It is a dead end rd.
Maybe someone can give sat nav positions as I don't use one.:D

Hi, Just copy & pasteco ordinates into Google Earth 51 09'24 N 1 23'34 E

Dezi

vindiboy
04-07-2010, 16:09
Thanks Vindiboy, great photo's of aire's:cool::cool:
The Landrover in the first looks a little rare!Hi ,yes it is a demountable, the couple in it had just retired and bought it, they were off for a year, not bad for first timers eh?

grath
04-07-2010, 16:12
Thanks Vindiboy, we might be able to use a couple of those pretty soon:cool:

vindiboy
04-07-2010, 18:24
http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp23/malarth/AIRES/js_aires81.jpg I have followed previous instructions from a previous poster about Photo Bucket, lets see if I can do it.

vindiboy
04-07-2010, 18:29
http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp23/malarth/AIRES/js_aires57.jpg Wow , that's clever. Thanks for all your help.:):)

vindiboy
05-07-2010, 08:20
http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp23/malarth/AIRES/js_aires53.jpgAnother view of the Aire at Caumont, the town was taken over by a large VIDE GRENIER [Car boot sale ] whilst we were there, great happening as the French do it in style, bars music and barbis etc.the town is just a short walk away.

Belgian
05-07-2010, 08:28
I have some Aires pictures , don't know if I can post them though, I will try.
The last one at Port-des-Bargues is now blocked off. Sure it was a beautifull site; but winterstorms made it unsafe (this was the reason they gave :confused:).There is a new aire, more inland, at the sports. Not a nice place: only gravel and a very uneasy system to get in - only with bankcard.
Île Madame is now off limits for MH's (I don't think the FP oysterfarmer is happy with that !)

grath
06-07-2010, 18:18
I'm off in a few days and I will be returning with a few more photographs of Aire's:)
A bit like inviting friends and neighbours to see your holiday shots:D:eek:
No not really;) as we all like to know where the Aire's are and more importantly, what they look like:cool:

Basil
06-07-2010, 19:09
I'm off in a few days and I will be returning with a few more photographs of Aire's:)
A bit like inviting friends and neighbours to see your holiday shots:D:eek:
No not really;) as we all like to know where the Aire's are and more importantly, what they look like:cool:

Oh dear... endless hours of looking at graffs parking spots...:(
sorry just jesting:D cant wait:D

rebbyvid
06-07-2010, 21:02
Moved this post here as more appropriate
Just back from Normandy, A few aires,Le Portel at Boulogne has had a revamp and is now barriered with a card paying €4 charge ,about 30 places and very quiet.Le Touquet-Paris plage €11 for an upmarket aire.Honfluer €9 inc elect and a very pleasant seafood town,Trouville/Douville the aire has only about half a dozen places but free for 24 hours with electric,also possible to park on quayside as were a hundred or so vans(no picknicking).great beach and many eateries.At Rouen intended parking on the quay as i have stopped before but as the festival de musique was on on the monday they were building some sort of platform so could not get down on the quay and did not fancy staying at the side of road (half a dozen italian vans were stopping)so carried on to Oissel a lovely little aire on the banks of the Seine with some pleasant walks only downside is it has only 2 dedicated spaces but plenty of car parking spaces and i fitted into one of those without a problem as dd a french van . One motorway aire i used (wouldnt normally recommend motorway)and felt very safe with dedicated parking for caravan /camper and themed round the wildlife was La Baie de Somme bay of somme tourism holiday travel France family beach nature week end baie de somme on the a16 paige just before Abbeville.If you fancy a trip down to Versailles try Versailles association Camp P.A.J ,Allee de Matelots, 78000 Versailles cost you €7 per person with toilets and showers but its only a five min walk and your in the park at Versailles then thro the park to the Palace (20 mins).
http://s161.photobucket.com/albums/t203/rebbyvid/Normandy%20aires%20%20June%202010/th_DSCF2621.jpg (http://s161.photobucket.com/albums/t203/rebbyvid/Normandy%20aires%20%20June%202010/?action=view&current=ef5b52a6.pbw)

grath
07-07-2010, 18:08
If anybody is in France next week let us know, we are heading from Calais south west(ish)
Can't wait:D
Might spend the first night at Brezoles (aire)

grath
07-07-2010, 18:12
If anybody is in France next week let us know, we are heading from Calais south west(ish)
Can't wait:D
Might spend the first night at Brezoles (aire)

We overnighted there last year and had to leave before exploring the town (village) and we felt a little guilty, so this year we will have a look around and spend some money in the local economy.:)
That is what aire's are all about and not free loading:)

grath
07-07-2010, 18:33
Brezoleshttp://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2666.jpg

As we came through the main street it looked loveley and colourful.
The small trees at the back are apple

wints
08-07-2010, 08:08
Brezoleshttp://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2666.jpg

As we came through the main street it looked loveley and colourful.
The small trees at the back are apple

Tried this one in Jan on our way down to Spain. Couldn't get on it, 3 foot deep in snow ! Felt like complaining to the Mairie.
Might have another go in Sept.

Allen

pokerking
08-07-2010, 08:30
If anybody is in France next week let us know, we are heading from Calais south west(ish)
Can't wait:D
Might spend the first night at Brezoles (aire)

We are headed to Bordeaux Wed/Thurs next week. Definitely stopping at the Lestrille Vineyard one night but the rest of the time the World is our Lobster, cheers,

Dezi
08-07-2010, 10:42
If anybody is in France next week let us know, we are heading from Calais south west(ish)
Can't wait:D
Might spend the first night at Brezoles (aire)



Hi Grath, if you have not been before, and you have an interest, then Monets garden at Givernay is looking particularly stunning at the moment. We stopped off for a couple of hours on our way back recently. I believe, but not certain, that you can stay overnight in the free car park. Google co ordinates. 49 04'22N 1 31'44E Park on the grass just past the coaches and below the grass roundabout.

Dezi

grath
08-07-2010, 17:43
Thanks Pokerking & Dezi. for the information and Pokering you probably have seen pictures of our Tramp so if you see us, pop over for a glass or 3 of wine:)
Nothing set in stone we are heading towards the Lot,Tarn, Cruese & Canal du Lateral & Midi or Spain. We will be at Mont de Marsan to meet Kaths sister for a few days and I want to return to Mossiac, but really we don't know if to just chill in France or rush around into Spain.
I think that Kath wants to chill and spend longer in places and she has mentioned going earlier next year and then Spain & Portugal. She's the boss (let her think that):D:eek: so I will have to keep her happy:D
Anyway this may be my last post for a while so Pokerking have a great holiday.:cool:
Wints, sorry you could not get on it. It looked so nice in summer.

garwatts
12-08-2010, 11:47
By the way, we overnighted
at Dover Patrol on the way home.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_1476-1.jpg

Any directions on how to get to the Dover Patrol please?

Edit: It's OK have found it now

louise
12-08-2010, 13:44
The town is called Aire s/l Adour near Mont de Marsan
The aire is by the river.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2547.jpg

Moissac, 3 pictures along the river & canal between Agen & Montauban, great cycle paths
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2553.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2571.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2573.jpg

Castelsarrasin, 3 pictures by the canal between Agen & Montauban again great cycle paths
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2622.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2597.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2605.jpg

San Sylvestrie, On the river Lot east of Villeneuve
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2638.jpg
The view from our van at San Sylvestrie
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2627.jpg

Brezolles in a small walled apple orchard west of Dreux
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2666.jpg
can you give my husband and i any more ininformation on wild camping in france we are failrly new to wild camping and would realy appreciate any help at all that you can give us .thanks

grath
19-08-2010, 15:47
A few more French aire's.
Please note
These pictures show the aire and possibly immediate surrounding and not the beauty of the village or town.

Chevilly, just north of Orleans and a nice quiet overnight location
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4312.jpg

A new Flot Bleu aire at Briare
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4329.jpg

Briare Flot Bleu aire by canal aquaduct over the Loire
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4335.jpg

grath
19-08-2010, 15:49
A disused municipal camp site turned into an aire at St Pourcain s Sioule

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4344.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4347.jpg

grath
19-08-2010, 15:51
Height barriers going in at Lac Pareloup

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4386.jpg

You can still park here

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4387.jpg

grath
19-08-2010, 15:53
The Base Nautique at Condom

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4421.jpg

Caumont sur Garone on the Canal Lateral

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4432.jpg

Villeton also on the Lateral

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4461.jpg

Villeton

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4454.jpg

grath
19-08-2010, 16:07
Port de Penne on the river Lot

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4465.jpg

The new proper aire at St Sylvestrie

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4466.jpg

grath
19-08-2010, 16:28
Le Bugue on the river Vezere
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4493.jpg
in the shade
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4480.jpg

grath
19-08-2010, 16:29
Bourdeilles just south of Brantom

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4530.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4563.jpg

grath
19-08-2010, 17:09
can you give my husband and i any more ininformation on wild camping in france we are failrly new to wild camping and would realy appreciate any help at all that you can give us .thanks
Hi Louise.
These photo's are just to show what the French aire's look like and what to expect.
using an aire is similar to wilding in the UK except it is much easier, better and safer. It is the easiest country and most motorhome friendly country around and if you can wild here you will have no problems there.
Just go for it and take it easy. There are other threads with more information. Welcome

grath
19-08-2010, 17:11
Moulismes which is a picnic area on the RN20 between Limoges and Poitiershttp://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4570.jpg

grath
19-08-2010, 17:13
St Aignan
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4590.jpg
The river at St Aignan
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4580.jpg

Sully s Loire
A new aire behind the chateau

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4593.jpg

grath
19-08-2010, 17:14
Le Crotoy
West of Abbeville

on very hard sand, it rained and rained and it was still very hard

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4597.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4603.jpg

Gravelines between Calais and Dunkerque

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4610.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4612.jpg

colpot
20-08-2010, 06:48
Here are the Aires we have visited so far (off again next weekend for 2 weeks so may add more then)

Login to a private Photobucket.com album (http://s69.photobucket.com/albums/i72/colpot60/France%20Aires/)

grath
20-08-2010, 09:05
Here are the Aires we have visited so far (off again next weekend for 2 weeks so may add more then)

Login to a private Photobucket.com album (http://s69.photobucket.com/albums/i72/colpot60/France%20Aires/)

Thanks Colpot, but we can't see them as a password is required.
I know it is very time consuming but I downloaded mine individually from Photobucket and the last lot that I down loaded yesterday took me over 2 hour to sort out:eek:

Please anybody else that has got photographs of French aire's, it would be nice to see more:)

colpot
20-08-2010, 12:19
OK, maybe I will do that when I come back from this next trip. I have made the album public so you may be able to see it now.

grath
20-08-2010, 12:21
OK, maybe I will do that when I come back from this next trip. I have made the album public so you may be able to see it now.

Thanks Colpot, I have just seen that you have done it.
Thanks again for your input.
Nice pics:cool:

grath
20-08-2010, 15:46
By the way guys.
The 16 new pictures of aire's that I posted yesterday are not supposed to be pretty pics of the surrounding area:D
They are true pictures of the overnight parking area just to show what you can expect if you go there:)
I find it much better if I have a picture before I go and then I can decide if I really want to go there:D
I hope you all feel the same:confused:

quicksam
21-08-2010, 12:59
Aire at Anor (59) north of Hirson
Small but quiet..

quicksam
21-08-2010, 13:09
Aire at Anor (59) north of Hirson
Small but quiet..

quicksam
21-08-2010, 18:39
Metz - aire on carpark in the middle of town, next to the river, quiet at night.
Don't park your car in the camping car places though, within 5 minutes of this car being parked the police were there with a tow truck !

Guest
21-08-2010, 18:50
Metz - aire on carpark in the middle of town, next to the river, quiet at night.
Don't park your car in the camping car places though, within 5 minutes of this car being parked the police were there with a tow truck !

They should do that on all of the aire's:cool:
We have seen lots of aire's with cars obstructing the motorhomes just to get a little shade or on market day:(

Slowhand
21-08-2010, 19:39
Bloody locals ehh. What are they like.:confused:

quicksam
21-08-2010, 19:48
Stenay, nice spot by the water, 7 Euro includes electric and shower/toilets

quicksam
21-08-2010, 19:49
Well I've got the size right, but still can't get the picture to appear !

grath
23-08-2010, 09:55
Well I've got the size right, but still can't get the picture to appear !

Your picture in the post above is there ok:cool:
Thanks:)

http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/attachments/france/1347d1282420057-few-french-aires-img_1560-600-x-450-.jpg

Dago
26-08-2010, 07:03
Great pictures guys:) Last time we were at Le Crotoy some french plonker insisted on driving his twin axle rig with motorbike trailer around the site like he was practising for the Dakar rally. Being in June the sand was very dry & the dust cloud lasted for a long time.

Even angry shouts from his fellow countrymen, didn't seem to bother him though!

grath
26-08-2010, 13:08
Great pictures guys:) Last time we were at Le Crotoy some french plonker insisted on driving his twin axle rig with motorbike trailer around the site like he was practising for the Dakar rally. Being in June the sand was very dry & the dust cloud lasted for a long time.

Even angry shouts from his fellow countrymen, didn't seem to bother him though!

Thanks,
When we were there it was so wet we could nearly have a swim without leaving the aire:eek:
But very surprising the ground (sand) was rock hard with no fear of traction problems:cool:

jennyp19
26-08-2010, 13:25
I've just been busy printing out the names of Aires posted on this thread, as we're away to France next week

quicksam
29-08-2010, 18:51
Aire de le Boulou - 10 miles over the Spanish border towards Perpignan.

http://i438.photobucket.com/albums/qq107/quicksam/IMG_1267-1.jpg?t=1283108265

Poco Loco
09-10-2010, 21:45
The town is called Aire s/l Adour near Mont de Marsan
The aire is by the river.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2547.jpg

Moissac, 3 pictures along the river & canal between Agen & Montauban, great cycle paths
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2553.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2571.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2573.jpg

Castelsarrasin, 3 pictures by the canal between Agen & Montauban again great cycle paths
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2622.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2597.jpg
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2605.jpg

San Sylvestrie, On the river Lot east of Villeneuve
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2638.jpg
The view from our van at San Sylvestrie
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2627.jpg

Brezolles in a small walled apple orchard west of Dreux
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_2666.jpg

Hi great photos. We're in the process of buying a Tramp with all the extras on it, LHD, from a dealer and intend to drive it back from the North East through France to our home in Spain (Costa Blanca), possibly during Dec'. Have you got any top tips of what to lookout for when I view the Tramp and any help with our first drive through France (using Aires) as a total newcomer to Motorhomes?

We also intend to try staying at some aires in the mountains to get some skiing in.

Any help or feed back will be greatly appreciated.

Regards Nige

David & Ann
09-10-2010, 22:42
Great pictures of the Aires. Been to the Moissac off road parking. The rest , I have made a note off and will certainly visit in 2011. Well done.

grath
10-10-2010, 08:44
Thank you Poco Loco regarding the photographs.
I cannot advise about the Aire's during the winter as I have only used them during the summer. I understand quite a few will have the water turned off, however from my trucking days water will not be difficult to find.
You must be comfortable with Europe as you live in Spain so just go for it and learn on the way. Stay away from Motorway and main road Aires is my best advice and park in village squares or along side a river and you will be safe.:cool:
Regarding the Tramp, I have been happy with ours and there is nothing particular to look out for. Just get the right lay out and I am sure that you will be happy with your purchase.
The rest you can find by joining as a full member and searching the forums.
Happy Motorhoming:cool:

grath
10-10-2010, 10:11
Great pictures of the Aires. Been to the Moissac off road parking. The rest , I have made a note off and will certainly visit in 2011. Well done.

Thanks David, we quite like Moissac, with it's nice canal and tow path for cycling and the town with the 10th or 11th C church.
A great place:cool:

Martinsouthwales
10-10-2010, 14:36
Great Photos! I love the French Aires. However I notice a couple of vans at Sylvestrie with their awnings deployed. This is specifically forbidden by French Law in case anyone didn't know. You can "park", sleep, eat and whatever else takes your fancy inside your vehicle, but not "camp". This means no awnings, no chairs, no clothes lines etc.

I do think it's important to abide by the rules as the Aires de Service are a great perk for us and they could so easily be taken away if people abuse them.

Another point is that is it very unfair to park with too big a gap between vans on unmarked Aires thus depriving another motorhomer of a space. On marked Aires the spaces are just like carparks with just enough space to exit your vehicle so please follow this idea when on unmarked areas. Anything other is just plain selfish.

Martin.

David & Ann
10-10-2010, 17:17
Thanks David, we quite like Moissac, with it's nice canal and tow path for cycling and the town with the 10th or 11th C church.
A great place:cool:

The one at Rouen was a good place to park but found it quite far to walk into town, had to cross over the bridge. stopped over for one night and spent the evening watching the barges go up and down the river.

Tezza33
10-10-2010, 21:37
Just found this thread, great reading and I will have to go through my harddrives to find photos to upload, like others though I don't take many photos of aires I have used but after reading this I will in future, many thanks to all who have posted and especially grath because it is much appreciated when somebody takes the time to help others, off to France in December until the end of January so the camera will be working overtime, it has also prompted me to become a full member

grath
11-10-2010, 08:13
Just found this thread, great reading and I will have to go through my harddrives to find photos to upload, like others though I don't take many photos of aires I have used but after reading this I will in future, many thanks to all who have posted and especially grath because it is much appreciated when somebody takes the time to help others, off to France in December until the end of January so the camera will be working overtime, it has also prompted me to become a full member

Thanks Tezza33, nice to know they are appreciated,:cool: nowadays more people tend to find fault rather than look for the benefits.:(
I just think it is nice to see where you are possibly heading to rather than reading about how good or how bad etc.
Look forward to your photo's and more photo's from anybody please.
Thanks in anticipation.

Dezi
13-10-2010, 13:02
Hi Grath, Currently in Cahors s-l-o-w_l-y wending our way back from Spain & Portugal.

I will do an Aires on a shoestring 2, complete with pics on return.

Dezi

grath
13-10-2010, 13:12
Hi Grath, Currently in Cahors s-l-o-w_l-y wending our way back from Spain & Portugal.

I will do an Aires on a shoestring 2, complete with pics on return.

Dezi

Nice area Dezi, hope you are having a great time. Don't rush back too quick as better there.

Try La Bugue on your way up to Perigueux (the aire is as you approach from the south on the right before crossing the river) and Bourdeilles (nice historic chateau/castle) north of Perigueux and south of Brantom (little venice)

magicsurfbus
13-10-2010, 14:46
This summer I documented and photographed each of the 16 Aires we visited on a trip down to the Biarritz area and back. Each of the following links to a geo-located panoramic image in Panoramio. If you click on the image again it will display a full-sized (800 pixels tall) Panorama for you to pan and scan round.

I didn't want to post them directly into this forum because they're too bloody big. All of these images can also now be found in Google Earth if you zoom in close enough or download this .kml (http://www.airetoday.co.uk/poi/aire_today.kml) file.

Anglet (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970209)
Bayeux (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970239)
Biscarrosse-Plage (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970270)
Calais (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970292)
Dieppe (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970380)
Hendaye (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970401)
Honfleur (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970419)
Chateau d'Oleron (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970451)
Dolus d'Oleron (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970485)
Saint Denis d'Oleron (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970519)
Parc Futuroscope (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970637)
La Barre/Chiberta (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970664)
La Rochelle (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970685)
Lacanau-Ocean (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970717)
Parc Puy du Fou (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39970739)
La Palmyre (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/40210617)

I hope you find them useful, it was a bit of a laugh taking some of them from the top of my camper after beaucoup de vin rouge I can tell you ;-)

grath
13-10-2010, 16:11
This summer I documented and photographed each of the 16 Aires we visited on a trip down to the Biarritz area and back.

I hope you find them useful, it was a bit of a laugh taking some of them from the top of my camper after beaucoup de vin rouge I can tell you ;-)

Thanks for your input Magicsurfbus. I have just had a play around with them and they will be very useful:cool::cool:
Thanks again

Poco Loco
13-10-2010, 16:33
This summer I documented and photographed each of the 16 Aires we visited on a trip down to the Biarritz

Thanks for your great work, after help from Chris getting Google working I have now easily added your file to My Google Places. This will be a great help when we make our first trip through France back here to Spain. All I need now is a Motorhome LOL, This weekend hopefully will resolve that small technicality. If these POI could be added to the Wild Camping files so they could be loaded into the Sat Navs that would be Fantastic. Hopefully, I will be able to do my bit for everyone else soon. What info do you need and what's the best to record it for everyone to use?

magicsurfbus
14-10-2010, 07:07
Grath: Thanks for the feedback.

Poco Loco: Glad you like it. Left click my username on this post and select 'visit my homepage', where you'll find a SatNav link. Free POI files can be downloaded from there.

For a trip between here and Spain I'd take a Dover-Calais crossing to save the pennies, then use the Aires at Honfleur and Futuroscope (very cheap after 5pm), followed by one of the Biarritz Aires (Ave Milady or Anglet). If I needed to overnight near the ferry port I'd either use Calais-Plage or Gravelines, the latter being free and a lot quieter.

Good luck with the search!

OwnedbyCollies
15-10-2010, 14:02
I have just come across this thread!

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the trouble to post their pictures. I love to look at different places in France and plan where to go next.

I make a note in the Aires book when I read about or see a picture of a promising aire and also use the Camping car infos website to look at recent comments. The more information the merrier!!!

I will dig out some photos from my last trip. I have pictures of 'Herman the German' in all sorts of places and my other half is always commenting that I take more pictures of the MH than him or the dogs!!!

It would also be useful to see pictures at all times of the year. We are planning our next trip over xmas and I would love to know whether aires are open and if the water is still on etc..

grath
15-10-2010, 16:12
Thanks, the more pictures the better:cool:

magbrin
15-10-2010, 21:25
Now the grandbaby has arrived we will be off soon - can't wait - and will put up some pics in due course.
Excellent thread by the way - very helpful:D:D

AndyC
15-10-2010, 21:35
A word of caution to anyone planning to go to France in the near future, looks like there may be fuel shortages - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11549694)

AndyC

magbrin
16-10-2010, 06:20
Yes, thanks - seen that - and possible strikes ........................ we will be working our way to Spain - is it any better there:(:(

baloothebear
16-10-2010, 06:47
Now the grandbaby has arrived we will be off soon - can't wait - Excellent thread by the way - very helpful:D:D

I know what you mean: Beloved Son of Mine is in Luxemburg and Beloved Daughter is in Devon - so no being cheap baby minders for this one :)

OwnedbyCollies
16-10-2010, 07:54
I will need to do this in stages........

The SECOND photo shows the aire at Tardinghen (15 minutes from Calais). There are 3 'parkings'. This one is Fleur des Champs with fabulous views over the Channel.

http://www.sitedes2caps.fr (http://www.sitedes2caps.fr/)

The other 3 photos are of the aire at Arromanches at the 360 degree cinema on the cliff top. One photo looks down over Arromanches town. No services but a spectacular location and a wonderful view of the Mulberry harbour.

OwnedbyCollies
16-10-2010, 08:06
Mont St Michel. The aire by the car park on the causeway. 10 euros for 24 hours (June 10) and no services but a fantastic spot with a great view. We particularly wanted to see the Mont at night when it is lit up. This car park can be covered at some high tides but there were signs in all languages giving information.

grath
16-10-2010, 13:28
Thanks very much Ownedbycollies for your input to this thread.:cool:
Nice photo's

OwnedbyCollies
16-10-2010, 16:57
Heres a couple more pictures...

Aire at Villiers-Charlemagne between Laval and Chateau Gontier. Beautiful fishing lake and the aire is just behind the fishing lodges. Free parking and free services including electricity (not sure if the jeton bit was broken at the time!). Lovely walk around the lake for the dogs.

OwnedbyCollies
16-10-2010, 17:02
....and another one ....

Aire at Azay-le-Rideau. Free parking but services by token. Just outside the campsite and next door to the municipal open air swimming pool. 5 minutes from the chateau and lots of restaurants in town.

magicsurfbus
18-10-2010, 07:11
Mont St Michel. The aire by the car park on the causeway.

There's a second Aire at Mont St Michel on the mainland before you get to that commercialised hotel 'strip' leading up to the causeway. From the D976, turn right along the D275 (direction La Rive) and it's the ex campsite a short distance along on the right. You need to go to the reception at the camping village opposite to get an entry pass for the barrier. It has campsite style pitches with boundary hedges among trees. OK if you don't mind cycling to the Mont itself, but not within easy walking distance like the Aire mentioned above. CCI details here (http://www.campingcar-infos.com/Francais/aire.php?numid=3024&Localit%E9=ARDEVON%20%20Le%20Mont%20Saint%20Michel ).

GPS co-ordinates are 48.613917,-1.507605

I agree about Mont St Michel looking good at night from a distance - I took a couple of pics here (http://www.panoramio.com/user/73989/tags/Mont%20St%20Michel).

It's just a pity that during the day it transforms into a tacky and overcrowded tourist honeypot. Maybe worth enduring the one time for the views from the upper walls, but not the place to go if you have a phobia about small plastic medieval knights, which are everywhere ;-)

cipro
18-10-2010, 16:49
Haa haa there is alot of tack there but the monks place upper level was worth the money if you klike that sort of thing:cool: also enjoyed a meal there not cheap though :mad:

grath
17-11-2010, 10:22
A link to Aire's supplied by Dezi
Aire on a Shoestring 1 and 2

http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/general-chat/10552-aires-shoestring.html

http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/general-chat/11821-aires-shoestring-2-a.html

Skar
18-12-2010, 11:50
With the exception of Le Crotoy (which was 6 euro), all these were free.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeIY4gSDOZ0

grath
18-12-2010, 17:41
With the exception of Le Crotoy (which was 6 euro), all these were free.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeIY4gSDOZ0

Hi Skar welcome to the wildside and thank you very much for your input showing more photographs of aire's.:cool:
Pity more well travelled members don't share their aire's:o
Thanks again!

colpot
21-02-2011, 07:21
Have added some more Aires to the Album........

France Aires pictures by colpot60 - Photobucket (http://s69.photobucket.com/albums/i72/colpot60/France%20Aires/)

Dezi
21-02-2011, 13:35
Have added some more Aires to the Album........

France Aires pictures by colpot60 - Photobucket (http://s69.photobucket.com/albums/i72/colpot60/France%20Aires/)


Thanks for those colpot.

Dezi

GregM
21-02-2011, 14:16
Thanks colpot, for someone who is going over for the first time soon these pictures are a great help.

'not sure TBA' looks like a great Aire but I can't find it anywhere on my maps :rolleyes::rolleyes:

grath
21-02-2011, 15:45
Thanks Colpot for adding to the thread:cool: have used some of them.
Nice pics:cool:

bigmeeky
26-03-2011, 20:25
With the exception of Le Crotoy (which was 6 euro), all these were free.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeIY4gSDOZ0

Skar, Grath and others fantastic service, what an appetite whetter! Skar what an amazing van, perfect!

bob 6
14-05-2011, 19:35
Hi all,
What a fantastic thread, well done garth for sharing so many aires and getting others to share also, not an easy task. We are great supporters of the aires network and that we should all share our findings. We post on other motorhome forums as Robert and Jean, so have a look at our attempts to share aires. Have not taken many pictures but will sort out what we have and post on here soon.
All the best.

t&s
29-11-2011, 13:12
With the exception of Le Crotoy (which was 6 euro), all these were free.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeIY4gSDOZ0

although u tube videos must be good to look at i only have a speed of .457kbps
which means i have to watch small bits only as most of the time all i see is the buffering circle in the centre of the picture
may be there is some photos to acompany the videos for us with a slow speed
the reason for my slow speed is i live in the sticks and am 6.5 km from the nearest exchange

keep posting t&s

Skar
29-11-2011, 15:48
Hi t&s

Co-incidentally I am midway through doing a new video at the moment!

I'm suprised at your speed as I live in the sticks too and live a lot further from the exchange than you do..

The majority of the pictures used in the video can be seen on my panoramio account here (http://www.panoramio.com/user/5335380), most are also in Google Earth but I imagine that you have speed problems with that too?

New video finished soon and the pictures will be on panoramio as and when time permits.

We also have a very small (2 person!) wild camping usergroup on panoramio which you may be interested in here. (http://www.panoramio.com/group/25315)

Regards, Steve

Manu1
30-11-2011, 10:41
Just a big thankyou to all contributors on this thread...special one for "Grath", ta very much for your input.

Phil

grath
30-11-2011, 11:54
Just a big thankyou to all contributors on this thread...special one for "Grath", ta very much for your input.

Phil

Thanks for that Manu1.
Much appreciated.

grath
30-11-2011, 15:17
I know that I may seem a little biased but strange that this excellent thread with quite a few contributors never got rated with a few stars.:wave:

Over 19000views

channa
30-11-2011, 16:03
I know that I may seem a little biased but strange that this excellent thread with quite a few contributors never got rated with a few stars.:wave:

Over 19000views

Having frequented a few French aires as one does in three years ......for those that are wondering about France sit up and take notice .

I seriously doubt whether a wildcamping site would exist in France such is the peoples acceptance of camping cars.

The South can be a pain the West coast can be an issue High season, but in the main I have never experienced any problems.

Lets fight the stiffled attiude in the Uk ..;but when you need a breather ....book a Dover Calais crossing .

Channa

Amethyst
30-11-2011, 16:41
Thanks to everyone for a great thread. You have motivated us to plan our first trip to France next May.

We will be travelling down from Yorkshire and plan to go for 4 weeks.

Can anyone suggest a good introduction itinerary to France please with the emphasis on wildlife coast and countryside

Many thanks

Rob

darrenxjr
01-12-2011, 16:01
thank-you for this tread ,its a real motivator
carnt wait to get stuck back into camper and get to some of these gorgeous places .
how about putting satnav coordinates in so we can find them so much easier:drive:

grath
01-12-2011, 16:41
thank-you for this tread ,its a real motivator
carnt wait to get stuck back into camper and get to some of these gorgeous places .
how about putting satnav coordinates in so we can find them so much easier:drive:


Thanks for that, but I found all of mine without a Sat Nav, (didn't have one) however I now do own one, I used it to find a few aire's for our big tour earlier this year. Some of the best, you find by pure accident and some of the best are not even proper aire's

I am sure that if you get the names, you will find them OK

channa
01-12-2011, 21:36
Thanks to everyone for a great thread. You have motivated us to plan our first trip to France next May.

We will be travelling down from Yorkshire and plan to go for 4 weeks.

Can anyone suggest a good introduction itinerary to France please with the emphasis on wildlife coast and countryside

Many thanks

Rob
TBH Amethyst a lot depends on how far you want to travel, are prepared to drive etc.

If you want countryside and coast you could do worse than the Dordogne / Lot region ....

Lots to see in the Dordogne and lots of aires too most free. Also some low effort canoeing if you prefer something different;

travel west via Bergerac, St Foy la Grande you pass through St Emillion famous worldwide for its wines
Towards Bordeaux, take the cote des landes several aires 6 euros a night typically and you have the Atlantic coast;

The thing to remember with France is it has three coastlines English Channel , Atlantic and the Med ....two mountain ranges the Pyreenees and the Alps ..And an aire system unsurpassed .............I often park up in a laybye with no problem or actual perception that there will be a problem.

Four weeks in France, I assure you two things

A) you will love it
b) Youwill come home and really question why the authorities make it so difficult in the UK ..

Just land in France and go for it ...they are so receptive and accepting of motorhomes you wont believe.

Channa

Vennwood
05-12-2011, 11:33
Thanks to everyone for a great thread. You have motivated us to plan our first trip to France next May.

We will be travelling down from Yorkshire and plan to go for 4 weeks.

Can anyone suggest a good introduction itinerary to France please with the emphasis on wildlife coast and countryside

Many thanks

Rob

With 4 weeks and in May why not spend a week on the Dordogne and then move on down to the Camargue - There is a nice spot at Pie Manson Plage. (Free) Turn right at the end of the road and anywhere along the beach. (turning left leads to the "commune" and nude bathing area. Tends to get very busy during July/August (and not just with humans - during the late summer the mossies are on the warpath - should be fine in May) Lots of wildlife, pink flamingoes etc. If you prefere more civilisation then try the western end at Sts Marie de la Mer. The Aire there gets quite busy but there is a long stretch beyond the hard standing that gives you access to the National Park but with the ability for re-stocking and re-filling your tanks etc. Was €8 last time we went but may be a tad dearer now. From there there are lots of options east or west with many Aires/wild camping spots or even camp sites.

As an alternative then the Volcanic region around Clermont Ferrand - there are loads of Aires/wild camping spots around there and lots of mountains/lakes/history to take in.

Techno100
05-12-2011, 11:51
Grath! thanks for sharing, excellent.
I've updated my signature to the link to my aire galleries. Enjoy
Andy

Ginfearsdad
14-12-2011, 15:26
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread.:) We are looking forward to going to the South of France (perhaps even into Spain) in April and will be taking a lot of the information found here with us. :cheers:

grath
31-12-2011, 09:23
Just along the river seine east of Rouen

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5501.jpg

grath
31-12-2011, 09:29
Lamotte Beuvron aire (waterside aire) sort of a dead end canal)
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5505.jpg

Cahor riverside aire
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5511.jpg

Le Segala aire (canal du midi)
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5514.jpg

grath
31-12-2011, 09:39
Homps aire
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5538.jpg

Homps again (Midi Canal)
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5547.jpg

grath
31-12-2011, 09:47
Gruissan Port Aire (on the med sea)
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5558.jpg

Outside Gruissan Port aire
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5582.jpg

grath
31-12-2011, 09:49
Les Cabanes de Fleury aire by the port and 5 min walk to med beach
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5570.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5568.jpg

grath
31-12-2011, 09:54
Another view of Le Segala Canal du Midi aire
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5584.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5586.jpg

grath
31-12-2011, 10:01
Auterive aire
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5588.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5589.jpg

Lise sur Tarn aire
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5591.jpg

Cordes s Ciel aire (below old city)
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5598.jpg

grath
31-12-2011, 10:03
As I have said before, these photo's of aire's are not pretty pics but showing you what you can expect.
A picture tells a million words.

grath
31-12-2011, 10:12
View from the aire from the old city at Cordes s Ceil
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5605.jpg

Le Bugue aire
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_5614.jpg

grath
31-12-2011, 11:36
As per the sign (Wilding)
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/002.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/001.jpg

grath
31-12-2011, 11:40
Pomarez aire
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/450.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/448.jpg

grath
31-12-2011, 11:48
River view from the aire at St Antonin Nobel Val
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/457.jpg

Wild at Puy L Eveque
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/458.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/459.jpg

grath
31-12-2011, 11:54
New(ish) aire at Sully sur Loire

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/473.jpg

and the Chateaux

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/475.jpg

grath
31-12-2011, 11:57
Le Croytoy

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/479.jpg

baloothebear
31-12-2011, 12:05
You are a norty man - I am contemplating the mud and wondering why I'm not on my travels. Your pictures make matters even worse :)

grath
31-12-2011, 15:19
28 new photographs of aire's here above

plus 15 new in Spain

http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/spain/16124-spanish-o-n-parking.html

and 26 new in Portugal

http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/portugal/16126-portugal-o-n-parking.html

suemalc
31-12-2011, 17:55
:wave:
28 new photographs of aire's here above

plus 15 new in Spain

http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/spain/16124-spanish-o-n-parking.html

and 26 new in Portugal

http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/portugal/16126-portugal-o-n-parking.html

Thanks for sharing your photos hope to get there in new year .:wave:

grath
01-01-2012, 11:39
I hope that these teasers or tasters of French, Spanish and Portuguese O/N parking locations and aire's will give a few of you that have not sampled the delights of European non campsite touring the confidence to give it a go.
Honestly, once you have done it, you will most probably if given the choice, never want to tour here in the UK again as it is so easy over there and so much more difficult here in good old Blighty.

Don't forget the links to the Spanish and Portuguese threads are a couple of posts above.
Enjoy

MORGANTHEMOON
01-01-2012, 12:06
This is just brilliant Grath.
I've been a caravaner for many years and ventured all over France and I love it!
We have now taken the plunge and purchased our first motorhome and can't wait to go to france again.

The photos you've supplied have really encouraged to book that ferry.

Sites in France cost a fortune and we are looking forward to using aires but I can't believe they are situated in such nice places near towns and next to rivers.

Any suggestions which books are worth purchasing?

We are finding the motorhome completely different from the caravan and just go off on a whim and park up in some car park for the night. What a great life.

your idea of everyone building up a data base is excellent and I will keep looking in.

Neckender
01-01-2012, 12:13
This is just brilliant Grath.
I've been a caravaner for many years and ventured all over France and I love it!
We have now taken the plunge and purchased our first motorhome and can't wait to go to france again.

The photos you've supplied have really encouraged to book that ferry.

Sites in France cost a fortune and we are looking forward to using aires but I can't believe they are situated in such nice places near towns and next to rivers.

Any suggestions which books are worth purchasing?

We are finding the motorhome completely different from the caravan and just go off on a whim and park up in some car park for the night. What a great life.

your idea of everyone building up a data base is excellent and I will keep looking in.

WE use all the aires by vicarious books all in English, there is a better French version but we don't speak French.

John.
Ps we did 3 weeks in France in Sept never used a site.

Neckender
01-01-2012, 12:16
Thanks for the new pictures of more aires Graham, more to try this year.

Happy new year to you.

John.

t&s
01-01-2012, 13:45
Hi t&s

Co-incidentally I am midway through doing a new video at the moment!

I'm suprised at your speed as I live in the sticks too and live a lot further from the exchange than you do..

The majority of the pictures used in the video can be seen on my panoramio account here (http://www.panoramio.com/user/5335380), most are also in Google Earth but I imagine that you have speed problems with that too?

New video finished soon and the pictures will be on panoramio as and when time permits.

We also have a very small (2 person!) wild camping usergroup on panoramio which you may be interested in here. (http://www.panoramio.com/group/25315)

Regards, Steve

thanks for the links they were very usefull panoramio is new to me so now something else to explore

grath
01-01-2012, 21:12
This is just brilliant Grath.


The photos you've supplied have really encouraged to book that ferry.

I can't believe they are situated in such nice places near towns and next to rivers.

Any suggestions which books are worth purchasing?
.

We also use All the Aire's France from Vicarious books and also the Camperstop book and the proper French guide.
However, I must add that over 75% of the Aire's and Wilding locations that I have posted in this thread have been found just by trolling down a road alongside a river or canal and without any guide books.
Just go for it and I am sure you will find nice places. The best advice that I can give is to keep your water tanks full and your cassette empty, then when you find a nice place to stop, then you can without fear of a water shortage. We carry about 150 litres which will last for a few days.

t&s
08-02-2012, 13:33
the easyest to navigate aires interactive map i have found so far
just click on the motorhome logo in the area you are going to stay
Aire Camping-car : Aire de service pour camping car (http://www.airecampingcar.com/aire_camping_car_gps.php/2663-Aire+Camping-car+)

Techno100
01-04-2012, 17:33
Brantome and Le Crotoy added to my galleries

grath
01-04-2012, 17:45
Brantome and Le Crotoy added to my galleries

When you go to Brantom, just down the river about 8 clicks is Bourdolies (not sure of spelling) it is nice and quiet here, costs 2 euro/night and is a field. In the village are a couple of restaurants, a Chataeux and a small shop. Nice place!
Oh, I nearly forgot, dont get the water from the bourne, there is a well across the field and this is where the French get their water from.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4563.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff262/tramperbucket/IMG_4530.jpg

Techno100
01-04-2012, 17:55
bourdeilles france - Google Search (http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=bourdeilles+france&hl=en&rlz=1C1LAVG_enGB408GB408&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=UJZ4T_ugEuam0QXDhLW9DQ&sqi=2&ved=0CGQQsAQ&biw=1600&bih=731)

grath
01-04-2012, 17:57
That's the place!

grath
01-04-2012, 17:58
I thinki the top photo of mine was taken from the chateaux

lotty
01-04-2012, 18:01
some great photo's of aires on this thread. Our 1st trip to France In June so I am going to be camera happy and will post up some of ours when we get back.

Just a little question, do Aires have signposts to them in the villages or towns they are in? Or do i have to follow someone and hope they are going to one :lol-053: I've been looking at the aires book and they do have a little description of where they are but they all say if you are coming from the south and we will be in the North.
Lotty
:wave:

grath
01-04-2012, 18:06
Some have signs and the M/H dump sign and some don't.
We have found that the best we just stumble across as we trundle down a road beside a river.
Also you have the Vicarious books "All the French aires" with coordinates and it is pretty useful.

lotty
01-04-2012, 18:20
Some have signs and the M/H dump sign and some don't.
We have found that the best we just stumble across as we trundle down a road beside a river.
Also you have the Vicarious books "All the French aires" with coordinates and it is pretty useful.

Thanks, Ive bought the Vicarious Aires book, only snag, can't input coordinates into sat nav, or if i can I don't know how to do it? I will just have to wing it:drive:

badger47
01-04-2012, 20:48
We are going on our first trip to France to the Annecy area and are thinking of booking a camp site for a few days because not sure of the availability of aires. What do you experienced motorhomers suggest - Should my wife and i just go and wing it? Will we always find somewhere to park? badger47

grath
01-04-2012, 20:52
Lotty, that's strange, you must be doing something wrong or entering in the wrong format.

Badger47, I certainly would not be booking campsites. Worst case you can always find a Municipal site and they are usually very good and cheap.

Techno100
01-04-2012, 20:53
I've only experienced 1 aire that was completely full and that was St Valerie en caux BUT only 7 k away we found vuelettes sur mere which was better still
Veulettes sur mer aire & town - Techno's Photos (http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Valuettes-sur-mer-Aire/18414678_QDNJ45#!i=1419708394&k=Bj4BcFR)

No I book nothing there are thousands of aires buy the book

I'm off for 3 weeks this Friday and the only stop I have set in stone is in Denia Spain, I'll take 10 days to get there

lotty
01-04-2012, 21:51
Lotty, that's strange, you must be doing something wrong or entering in the wrong format.


it's probably me not knowing what to do. I will have to have a play with it and see. It's new so not used it much yet and usually put in postcodes.

grath
02-04-2012, 06:16
it's probably me not knowing what to do. I will have to have a play with it and see. It's new so not used it much yet and usually put in postcodes.

I have a Garmin, only purchased my first Sat Nav last year, never had any problem without one, but it is easier for the last half a mile into an aire.
The Garmin has "find coordinates and not just post codes. I would imagine all or most Sat Navs have similar.

Techno100
08-04-2012, 14:52
Le Grand Fougeray added Le Grand fougeray aire and village - Techno's Photos (http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Le-Grand-fougeray-aire-and/22334896_z4W5Dg#!i=1784673746&k=HKKk8Hz)
Off the N137 South from St Malo. Looks new and its FREE
http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Le-Grand-fougeray-aire-and/i-LzNSMGz/0/L/borne-1-L.jpg
http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Le-Grand-fougeray-aire-and/i-HKKk8Hz/0/L/Coordinates-L.jpg

grath
08-04-2012, 15:03
Thanks Techno for adding to the thread. Enjoy your trip.:wave::boat:

lotty
08-04-2012, 15:11
I have a Garmin, only purchased my first Sat Nav last year, never had any problem without one, but it is easier for the last half a mile into an aire.
The Garmin has "find coordinates and not just post codes. I would imagine all or most Sat Navs have similar.


thanks G, found the input coordinates bit on sat nav, just have to test it out to make sure I know what i'm doing 1st!

t&s
09-04-2012, 13:50
We are going on our first trip to France to the Annecy area and are thinking of booking a camp site for a few days because not sure of the availability of aires. What do you experienced motorhomers suggest - Should my wife and i just go and wing it? Will we always find somewhere to park? badger47


appart from the wild spots there is an exelent municipal site in annecy town near the hospital with views across the lake also verry cheap
look it up in the alan rodgers web site

grath
09-04-2012, 19:31
A link to Thollon aire posted by Uknokianut

http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/general-chat/17859-wildcamping-french-alps-swiss-borders-thollon.html#post181700

uknokianut
09-04-2012, 20:03
Anyone wanting to visit the French Alps
There is a fantastic spot I use regular.
Its a huge carpark in Thollon , near Evian (the water place) .

Many people use it and its free , if you want a hook up you can if you wish connect to the shop "sherpa" for a small fee.

The views are spectacular , one way looks to the mountains , the other overlooks Lake Geneva .

Many places to visit all within 30 mins , inc Montreaux, Evian, Yvoire, Chateau Chillion, Aqua Parc

The locals in Thollon are very friendly and there are some lovely bars and resturants .

Ive got a Geocache in the village too.

Any questions about the place (im there a lot ) - Just ask .


Thollon Wild Camping Area - Google Maps (http://g.co/maps/tze5f)


5062506350645065

Techno100
11-04-2012, 17:34
This morning lunch stop before crossing midi Pyrenees . Now in Spain at Baliera, on to Morella tomorrow
http://techno.smugmug.com/Motorroamersmeets/Motorroamers-Denia/i-jPghjkm/0/XL/DSC1669-XL.jpg

Techno100
12-04-2012, 13:12
Now at Morella Aire and getting free wifi from the town :D
174 miles tomorrow to Denia
http://techno.smugmug.com/Motorroamersmeets/Motorroamers-Denia/i-ksn2qrx/0/L/Morella-Aire-L.jpg

John H
12-04-2012, 16:10
Now at Morella Aire and getting free wifi from the town :D
174 miles tomorrow to Denia
http://techno.smugmug.com/Motorroamersmeets/Motorroamers-Denia/i-ksn2qrx/0/L/Morella-Aire-L.jpg

Brilliant aire, isn't it? Have they fixed the fresh water tap yet - when we were there last year you couldn't fill up.

Techno100
14-04-2012, 07:16
Yes John I believe the tap is working but we went and parked overnight at the municipal parking at the town. Tourist info office said this is OK, saves the 1k uphill walk lol

grath
27-04-2012, 06:50
Just come across this motorhomingfrance

motorhomingfrance.co.uk (http://74.200.227.233/public/main.cfm)

Techno100
29-04-2012, 12:45
Champtoceaux main aire gallery
FREE or electric and water for €3 24hrs €5 48hrs
Chaptoceaux aire main site - Techno's Photos (http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Chaptoceaux-aire-main-site/22693766_ChjgWb#!i=1818694835&k=NPcpxXk)
http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Chaptoceaux-aire-main-site/i-KL3Q9v7/0/M/parking-M.jpg
Sub site gallery
Champtoceaux Loire side sub site - Techno's Photos (http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Champtoceaux-Loire-side-sub/22693785_S7BzrL#!i=1818662107&k=NzWkMzJ)

Techno100
29-04-2012, 15:11
BTW re that Morella aire above!
From the aire itself I picked up 4 Morella free wifi spots using one of these same as a facultyX but much cheaper
Motorhome WiFi | Improving Wireless Range for Caravans and Campervans (http://www.motorhomewifi.com/)
From the top car park non of the free wifi is visible due to the adjacent walls/castle etc

http://techno.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-2H5MSgR/0/L/Capture-L.jpg

Techno100
29-04-2012, 17:26
Bourg Sur Gironde port, aire and municiple sites
Aire FREE municiple see tarrif photo in LARGE view. Fuel half a mile cheap as anywhere
Gallery Bourg sur Gironde port aire and municiple - Techno's Photos (http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Bourg-sur-Gironde-port-aire/22698244_k4Nj5j#!i=1819067274&k=GjMGkc8)
http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Bourg-sur-Gironde-port-aire/i-GjMGkc8/0/L/aire-6-L.jpg

Techno100
29-04-2012, 17:49
Broglie aire €5 good pitches with night lighting, bourn by jetton €2.50
Gallery Broglie aire - Techno's Photos (http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Broglie-aire/22698697_T72mCG#!i=1819109175&k=TNLdP3m)
http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Broglie-aire/i-TNLdP3m/0/L/aire-2-L.jpg

jax9041
02-05-2012, 07:58
Just come across this motorhomingfrance

motorhomingfrance.co.uk (http://74.200.227.233/public/main.cfm)

Do you know if this site is up to date?

It looks very good but the home page says "and much more.....aire of the month 2009"

You can't look at the site at all without paying the joining fee which I don't want to do if it is no longer being updated.

We are going to France for the first time in July and I am researching the aires, I have seen suggestions such as campingcar-infos, french passion and all the aires.

Thanks

barryd
02-05-2012, 10:05
Do you know if this site is up to date?

It looks very good but the home page says "and much more.....aire of the month 2009"

You can't look at the site at all without paying the joining fee which I don't want to do if it is no longer being updated.

We are going to France for the first time in July and I am researching the aires, I have seen suggestions such as campingcar-infos, french passion and all the aires.

Thanks

I see no point in signing up and paying for a site when the biggest source of Aires across Europe CAMPINGCAR-INFOS (http://www.campingcar-infos.com) is free including a free POI download with over 15000 stopovers.

t&s
02-05-2012, 18:39
Do you know if this site is up to date?

It looks very good but the home page says "and much more.....aire of the month 2009"

You can't look at the site at all without paying the joining fee which I don't want to do if it is no longer being updated.

We are going to France for the first time in July and I am researching the aires, I have seen suggestions such as campingcar-infos, french passion and all the aires.

Thankstry this site an English version is being developed

AireCampingCar.com : Toutes les aires de services pour Camping-Cars, dans toutes les régions de France (http://www.airecampingcar.com/)
Or do as I do and use this section for good info and brilliant photos
Or al thr aires book from vicar actions books as mentioned in devious posts
I would be wary of the site you would have to pay for it seems to have less than there is here

t&s
02-05-2012, 18:45
Do you know if this site is up to date?

It looks very good but the home page says "and much more.....aire of the month 2009"

You can't look at the site at all without paying the joining fee which I don't want to do if it is no longer being updated.

We are going to France for the first time in July and I am researching the aires, I have seen suggestions such as campingcar-infos, french passion and all the aires.

Thankstry this site an English version is being developed

AireCampingCar.com : Toutes les aires de services pour Camping-Cars, dans toutes les régions de France (http://www.airecampingcar.com/)
Or do as I do and use this section for good info and brilliant photos
Or al thr aires France book as mentioned in previous posts by ***** O
I would not use the site you would have to pay for it seems to have less than there is here and they appear to be pay sites not a mention of what we call wild spots which most are free

jax9041
03-05-2012, 16:35
I see no point in signing up and paying for a site when the biggest source of Aires across Europe CAMPINGCAR-INFOS (http://www.campingcar-infos.com) is free including a free POI download with over 15000 stopovers.

Thanks Barryd, I have ordered the Vicarious All the Aires book also so should be well set for exploring!:dance:

t&s
04-05-2012, 13:26
where have all the photos gone ????

t&s
04-05-2012, 13:30
now live in english ideal for those of us who do not read french
AireCampingCar.com: All the Motorhome stopovers, throughout France (http://en.airecampingcar.com/)

John H
04-05-2012, 13:42
now live in english ideal for those of us who do not read french
AireCampingCar.com: All the Motorhome stopovers, throughout France (http://en.airecampingcar.com/)

Any new source is obviously good - especially if it's free! But there don't appear to be many aires on this site yet compared to CAMPINGCAR-INFOS (http://www.campingcar-infos.com) which has by far the biggest and most accurate selection. Don't be put off if you can't speak French because you can get by using the names, photos and co-ordinates, which are the same in any language. The only important words are eau (water) vidange (waste dump) and gratuit (free)! Happy travels

Neckender
04-05-2012, 17:01
where have all the photos gone ????

I think that they were *****s photo's and he's left the forum.

John.

t&s
04-05-2012, 17:31
what after all these years such a shame to loose such a nice chap good luck in the future if you are looking at thisand if you have realy departed this forum

Techno100
04-05-2012, 18:09
Who left. what did I miss?
*****????? devastated :-(

Neckender
04-05-2012, 19:07
Who left. what did I miss?
*****????? devastated :-(

G.R.A.T.H, resigned from the forum.

John.

Techno100
04-05-2012, 19:10
Why does his name get Starrred out?

Skar
04-05-2012, 19:12
I noticed that too, was there a problem that I missed? So bad that you can't use his name? roflmao

Techno100
04-05-2012, 19:14
I'm real Sad ***** made super contributions. What's the problem, who's the culprit?

Milney
04-05-2012, 19:20
Sorry if being thick! where are the pics??:hammer:

Techno100
04-05-2012, 19:22
Edit

Techno100
04-05-2012, 20:44
Nothing sinister or underhand here just a coincidental closure of picture hosting account.
Best wishes graaath
Andy

Techno100
27-08-2012, 16:11
I've added four more aire galleries today, link in signature

jennyp19
27-08-2012, 16:44
You have some lovely photos on there I'll be taking a few notes for our next trip.

Techno100
27-08-2012, 19:10
Thanks Jenny

Boulogne added
Boulogne aire - Techno's Photos (http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Boulogne-aire/25031054_ZmLMgt#!i=2050819381&k=f9Pc2wv)
http://techno.smugmug.com/Travel/Boulogne-aire/i-2KVknxk/0/L/Boulogne8-L.jpg

witzend
27-08-2012, 20:40
G.R.A.T.H, resigned from the forum.

John.

Sorry to read this I've missed him and asked where he was at but never got a answer I never knew him but his posts where interesting and directions excellent Best Wishes G.R.A.T.H


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