Join Date: Sep 2007
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I thought that we had problems with a winter route down through France with all the aire/site closures!
Averaging 55mph (as opposed to a cruising speed)I reckon you that you are looking at driving a distance of around 165 miles in a three hour day. With that in mind I would suggest considering the following stops.
Brionne - Camping Les Marronnies, Pont Authou. - 164 miles approx.
Ste-Maure-De-Touraine (Aire) - 180
Bordeaux - Camping Le Village Du Lac Bordeaux. - 195
St-Jean-De-Luz - Camping Larrouleta, Urrange. - 135
Zaragoza - Camping Ciudad De Zaragosa. - 181
Peniscola, or wherever. - 152
All the above are open all year, although I would certainly ring beforehand and confirm, and close to the main Eastern through routes.
The distance to Bordeaux is a bit of a stretch but there is a good campsite, La Futurist, at Jaunay Clan near Poitiers, and the aire at Futurescope, Poitiers, which are both open in the winter.
Personally I don't think that Aires are a reliable stop given that they could be closed, although I have had to include one to make a fit. Neither would I recommend overnighting on motorway stations of any sort as from personal experience and reputation they are known to offer the highest risk of encountering trouble, which in your circumstances you can do without.
Camping Larrouleta is the most popular stopover on the route with dozens of others doing the same and the chance to take in St-Jean-du-Luz whilst there.
Have fun whatever you choose.
A fool and his money are soon partying.