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    We are going to France for four weeks at the end of March and most of April this year and would like some help deciding which area of France to visit.

    Reasonable weather is high on the list - but as we all know it varies year on year.

    Heading south from Calais seems a decent option but we don't fancy going to the Med coast probably too crowded and expensive even at that time of year.

    We've 'done' the west coast down to the Spanish border a couple of times and somewhere inland seems preferable.

    We normally use Aires, remote if possible, and don't need campsite facilities.

    We do quite a bit of walking, dog in tow, and prefer walking along river sides or lake sides and the old railway tracks such as the green ways (Avenue Verte or similar) but not mountains or very hilly country.

    Being close to village or small towns with a bar/restaurant in reasonable walking distance would be a bonus but we do eat in and cook most of our meals so, not essential.

    We tend to meander around, a few miles to the next stopover some days or perhaps stay for a few days if we really like the place, once we get to an area a month should be long enough to get deep into France and explore but any suggestions to help us would be appreciated.

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    Why not get a disc of some description and just do the random throw on a map scenario and just visit whatever lies under the disc area

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    Don't think you can go far wrong with central southern France, I guess the Massif Central. All the Parc national areas are stunning, Parc national Cevennes, Volcans d' Auvergne, both beautiful areas. Good for little villages, walks etc. Then over west towards the Dore valley.

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    We would head for the Loire and then look at the 15 day weather forecast before deciding which way to head next.
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    I agree about Brittany,it ticks all our boxes.A superb coastline that I find similar to the rugged Cornish coastline,the locals are generally friendly and there are some excellent eating places,it's a fish dish lovers paradise.Lots of aires,wild camping spots,municipals and ACSI sites although the latter two will most likely be closed in March/April.

    The only problem at that time of year could be the weather,it could be rough.As you have 4 weeks,travelling across France shouldn't be a problem,I would look at the forecast closer to the date and follow the sun,if I'd got a 4 week break I would be prepared to travel as far south as the mediterranean coast if the weather was good down there.
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    I agree about Brittany, varied scenery, everything easy to get to, great food, love Brittany

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    Hi Keith, sorry can't attach a link to our trip, but if you put in the search box, Lab report, Lechlade on Thames to Briancon, it may give you some ideas. Also agree with David regarding Brittany, love the place. Good luck

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    Many thanks for the advice.

    I love Brittany as much as most of you seem to do but we spent about a month there last year and a month a couple of years earlier and we'd prefer to visit a different region in March/April.

    We've also travelled up and down the West coast a couple of times in the last few years and think that inland might be a good idea this year.

    The Massif Central seems a good option but I worry it may be a bit too hilly for our liking as we prefer easier flat walks rather than uphill and down dale type walking.

    loulou enjoyed reading your report I'll look at some of the places you visited.

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    You mention you want a good chance of warm weather so elevation is key. I would choose either the Dordogne and Lot or the Ardeche, Drome and lower Provence. I would avoid the Massif Central that time of year although you will need to traverse some of it if you do all of those areas. Most of the Dordogne, some of the ardeche, Drome and lower Provence whilst not flat are mainly off the higher planes of the Massif central. The areas to the east around the Rhone valley and lower down will be warmer.

    We did the Dordogne and Pyrenees in April and May a few years back and had good weather in the Dordogne with day time temperatures in April in the low 20's and plenty of sunshine. The mornings and evenings were cold sometimes though and we even had ice one morning. There is a lot to see and do in all those areas I mentioned though, You could do them in a month I guess but I would want longer.

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    After a short discussion we've decided we will aim for the Dordogne and find out what the area has to offer.

    We had been a bit reluctant to go in that direction after stopping in a hotel in Sarlat many years ago.

    We went by car, long before the MH, one June and it rained chats and chiens for the 7 days we were there the hotel ran out of umbrellas they were providing for its guests by mid-week.

    What with the rain, and every meal having a canard theme, we held strong views about the area but we will finally try once more.

    There is an article about the Dordogne in MMM this month, mine arrived yesterday, and it gives a good insight to the area and a trawl with Monsieur Google's help, and Barrys input on here, have helped us decide.

    Thanks for all your input very helpful.

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