Well done, Andrew. Glad it worked out OK for you.
We've just recently returned from a 2 week trip, getting down to near Bordeaux, chasing the sun and escaping the wind and rain, until it was time to turn around.
We did a couple of France Passion sites (great, until a puncture at one put us off
), and the rest of the time it was mostly Camping Municipales
, which were varied, but always at least good enough. When I get chance, I'll put them into the campsite directory on here.
We never pre-booked. We used a big map (to find an area which might be within our reach), the Caravan Club guide (book 1 - to find a reasonable-sounding site), and then the TomTom to test the exact time / distance, and plot the route. Because I'm a wimp, I didn't want to arrive too late, so we generally left camp by 9am, and arrived between 11.30 and 2pm. Never any problems with space, although we did keep clear of the more popular coastal areas.
And for next year, we're planning a bigger trip down to Italy. Can't wait!