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Places closed in summer to tourists are available off season

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If you look at the list I posted there are certainly campsites open with a reasonable distance in between. We travelled in January and the aires we used at Mennetou and Millau are both in the Centre of town and as safe as any campsite.

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If you look at the list I posted there are certainly campsites open with a reasonable distance in between. We travelled in January and the aires we used at Mennetou and Millau are both in the Centre of town and as safe as any campsite.
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Did these aires have the water on when you were there in January?

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We always fill up at the campsites which is enough to to carry through

Mennetou was just car park in the Centre of the village with 2 hook ups........................shops nearby and supermarket to buy water.......just 1 night

Millau has water,emptying point and hook up for I think €12......................bit complex to access barrier so ask again if you decide to use it.

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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.

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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.

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This information is most welcome. Many thanks for taking the trouble to plot this. I had started a similar exercise but this does take out some of the pain.

Once again many thanks

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If you follow ob1's excellent route can I recommend that at Sainte Maure de Touraine you stop at https://m.campercontact.com/en/franc...?sitecode=8504. This place is more a campsite than aire, nice countryside surroundings, pleasant owner, 5 minutes from supermarket with cheap diesel.

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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.

Ron
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One thing if I may?

Will these sites be OK in January if the ground is soggy? By that I mean, in your experiences, do they have hard standing?

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