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Great few days at Searles, Hunstanton – taking advantage of ‘out of season’ special offer, hardstanding and fully serviced pitch for £10 a night!!! Plus indoor swimming pool….. Beautiful beach looking over the Wash towards the Lincolnshire coast. Short walk to local pub (Honeystone) with food and Tesco opposite.
Staying at Foxholes Field adjacent to garage just outside Crick for the night (private field) Basic facilities £12.50 a night – use you own loo and shower! Hookup, water and elsan point Moving on nearer to Stoneleigh Park tomorrow ready for the Midsummer Motorhome Show on Thursday?
This the last part of our trip is strange but not, it is the different Languages spoken in Belgium some areas speak, French, others German and then Flemish which is hard to get used to . Because it was the weekend and sunny we decided to stay again at Westende on the Belgian coast We moved back down into the Ardennes and Wallonia area of Brussels, we had 4 days to Kill before heading to Holland. So, we went to a small village called Han sur lesse, here there is a large cave complex called Grote Hans. You can visit the caves by taking a 100-year-old tram up the valley to the entrance of the caves. From here you are taken on a guided tour taking 1 hour and a walk of 3km thorough a labyrinth of passages and chambers worn out of the limestone by the river Lesse.the tour was very interesting with some very large chambers one was over 250m high, eventually emerging out of the hill side alongside the river Lessee. The village was very small with 2 camp sites and an Aire restaurant outnumbered the 1 bread shop, small supermarket, pharmacy antiques shop and florist. The […]
http://www.brugescamping.be/en/home/ Camping Memlining Is a 20 min walk or 10min cycle ride from the city center or you can catch a bus 200m away . The shower toilet block is new .this site is very busy and I suggest you book if you want to stay there, There are also some supermarkets just 5 min walk away There is also an Aire along side the ring road just past the railway station . But it can get noisy here
Oradour-sur-Glane 10th June 1944 Having read about this atrocity I had to visit, it is so emotive walking through the village and then the visit to the museum The French government have made this village a museum so no one will forget what happened here http://www.francethisway.com/places/oradoursurglane.php Nazi war-crime attack upon the martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane. This atrocity was carried out on Saturday 10th June 1944 by soldiers of the Der Führer Regiment of the 2nd Waffen-SS Panzer Division Das Reich. On that day, without giving any explanation, they killed a total of 642 men, women and children, leaving only a few survivors. They then destroyed the entire village and to this day there is no universally accepted explanation for the massacre. The narrative, In a Ruined State, gives a full description of what happened on the 10th June 1944 and reviews all the current explanations offered by different authors for the attack on the village .there are plenty of campsites near by also the local village as an Aire The Aire is clearly signed from the roundabout at the Centre de la Mémoire in Oradour and is at the end of the Rue du Stade, just past the sports / […]
Here’s a short blog listing the places we stayed this trip and some of the updated campingcar stopover prices and a few pics ,if you want any further info please ask. Thur /Fri sat 8th9th sept 2 days at lady heys campsite in Frodsham with motorhomers Sat 10th sept Left sat am for Ferry over at 12pm smooth crossing and no problems in Calais, first stop Honfleur aire @€11. Chocker block Tues 13th sept Run down to Arromanches can’t get on the aire in center so park on the top near 360 cinema around lunchtime and walk into town (not bad for me). €6 for 24 hrs. But guy came round at 9 and we paid again as i didnt realise we had paid for 24 hrs Wed 14th sept Go down to Bayeux and do the tapestry and have lunch then down to Granville € 9.10 for the aire, nice views, Thurs 15th had a walk round town then got lunch and as it was raining moved on to Mont st Michel €12 for 24 hoursat a new aire at Beauvoir including leccy and Wi-Fi and a 3 mile walk into the Mont or a mile or so […]
First stop, a couple of nights at Howth great stop with train into Dublin for the day (20+ vans here tonight Saturday) off to Carlingford Sunday 2nd stop at Carlingford Marina, great stop, good pubs in town and very busy for a Sunday. €10 a night with all facilities. 3rd stop at Island hill, free stop with a toilet block in lower car park , called at Annalong aire where they have problems with the local youth and there were fresh doughnut tyre marks so not a stop on my list, and also at Shetrick castle which was a lovely spot with a great café but not very level. 4th after a call at Carrickfergus and a tour of the castle (the aire had a fair on it so no stopover there.) Stopped to have a few drinks with a very friendly couple close to Antrim 5th stop was Glenarm marina with a call at Broughshane aire (great aire but we were a little early for a stopover). Glenarm was busy at first with about 20 French vans on a rally but they went on their way after a lunch break. Small town with a couple of pubs a craft […]
The Baie de la Somme has been a regular feature of our trips to France over the years. Just a couple hours drive from the Calais ports it often provides a first night of relaxation before heading into the more challenging regions of Southern France or Northern Spain. On this occasion we arrived mid-afternoon on a Thursday at our preferred aire in Le Crotoy. The books described this site as ‘Le Crotoy 1’ because there is another aire at the far extent of the town. Our choice hosts more than a hundred motorhomes some of whom have a stunning view of the bay and across to St Valery some12 km away by cycle path. The site provides a ticket machine (€7 per night in 2017) and a ‘Euro Relais’ stand for fresh water, waste disposal and, if necessary, power. Acres of space mean that units are not squeezed together and the approach to alignment and to tables, chairs and sunshades is typically French laissez faire. The ground is rock-hard packed sand in the middle but the edges which are highly prized pitches have some grass and, in the wet season, some mud. Clearly it had rained recently in the following […]
We decided to try something slightly different today. We had seen a promotion for something called Camping Car Park (CCP) and decided to test out their claims. The idea is that this French company is buying up derelict aires or patches of land and turning them into a ‘better quality’ aire with security, electronic admission and its own app for a smart phone. You apply for a card – like a credit card – and load it with euros and then use the RFID enabled card to give you entrance to a site at any time of day or night. The app tells you immediately if there are any spaces free and gives you the location of the nearest site. Usually they have free power and wifi as part of the price. They also have ‘ambassadeurs’ who travel around checking that the sites are well maintained and the guests are happy. On our drive down to the Dordogne we stopped off at their site in Dreux just south of Evreux. When we arrived all nine pitches were vacant in what was clearly a recently made site with clean tarmac emplacements and neat borders. The spaces are large and all facilities […]
First stop after getting an early ferry is the new aire just outside Gravelines at PAarc rivers de l’Aa.A free aire without any services (there are services next to the police station in Gravelines). 14 ,pitches Grass and tarmac ,the grass is hard and as it rained hard overnight i had no problems getting off.Next to a water sports centre and ideal for biking or walking ,I only stopped overnight so didn’t do either but will be back. Went from here to Oostende but the only dedicated motorhome stops were full and the place was hammered so after a stop at a motorhome dealer just out of town (you can overnight there and it does have water and electric that wasn’t working when we tried) we went off to Ghent.
Just outside town on car park overlooking river,no services at all , if you come out of the car park and cross the road then walk past the shops (and massive launderette)on your right you come to the river,turn left and its a half hour walk into town. Plenty to see in Ghent and its ideal for biking.If you do have bikes there is parking further up with riverside views.
Our next destination is deep in the Dordogne not far from Rocamadour. The A20 is the speediest route from Amboise and after some 300 km the last few kilometres are pèage. The site is one that my wife has been watching on Facebook for a couple of years. A British owned site with glowing reviews and the option of a ‘Freedom Pitch’ which includes the hire of a small car. This is definitely the best way to view the gorges and villages of the Region du Lot where a motorhome would struggle on the narrow winding roads with overhanging rock faces. The site is Chateau Lacomté (or Lacomte Country Club – depending on whether you read the logo on the swimming pool or the writing on their blurb). We had booked online for four nights with two of them being on serviced pitches and two ‘Freedom’ pitches. When we arrived we found that their website had been misleading to say the least. First, the cost of the pitch was for one person (!) and we had to pay a supplement of €7 for me for each of the four days. Second, although the pitches were described as all with electricity […]
We were planning to head for Hendaye to spend some time on or near the beach just north of the Spanish border. The sat-nav gave us an estimate which, leaving from the Dordogne suggested an arrival time in late afternoon just before Le Weekend and on the last day the French could soak up some sun before their inevitable return to their boring jobs. Perhaps not a good idea. We frantically searched our All the Aires books, the ACSI stuff and our new list of Camping Car Park options for something not too far off our chosen route shadowing but not being drawn onto the expensive A64 péage motorway. We came across the entry for Mazeres sur Salat which was described by the Aires book as ‘…in a beautiful location overlooking fish ladder and weir with views of the Pyrénées beyond. This sounded almost idyllic and so we travelled the 200+ km in high anticipation. We were not to be disappointed. The Aire was exactly as described and we parked our Tribby just as shown in the book’s photo albeit about face so we could look out over the river. The constant burble of the water descending the fish ladder quickly became […]
With lots of time on our hands before our next firm commitment with friends in Biscarosse, we decided to slow right down. Our reasoning was that arriving on the coast at any point of the weekend would mean us hitting either Aires full of partying French or those heading home after soaking up all the available sun. If we delayed our arrival until Monday then the Aires would be virtually empty and the shopkeepers and bartenders eager for our euros before everything closed down for the winter in the first week of September. All the children would be safely back at school, howling for each other in the playgrounds of home and the coast would be a peaceful adults-only haven for us weary travellers. With this in mind we searched our database and came up with another Aire at Salies de Bearn. Now ‘salies’ indicates the presence of salt marshes and a quick exploration of the town showed it to be centred around the production of salt and of thermal springs, baths and what it terms ‘Centre de Réeducation Fonctionelle’. By this I think it hovers between a health spa and a substance misuse rehab facility. The site is a […]
Stayed on the quay at Antwerp where i have stayed a few times before at Sint Michielskaal. Its not in any of the camper books but a larger car park close to the town centre, there was only one other van a french van so maybe not a dedicated place for campers but apart from a few shady looking characters i have never had a problem. Edit ,did have a problem last night as local pond life parked not far away playing loud crap music from about 12-1.30 and then they must have fell asleep and it started again at 5am but only for 15 mins then they must have crawled back to where they came from.
Fourth stop a camperplatz just out of the centre of Middelburg. Free parking with toilet emptying €1 for water and there is electric but didn’t use it .Was lucky here as there are only five places and as i drove in there was one empty, there were about another 20 vans parked at the back of the car park. Shame as rumour has it that this is closing in Jan 2018. A nice easy stroll into a large town with many shops and bars cafe’s etc. The downside of this stop is 1 there are not enough places 2 there are 5 places and only 4 electric points 3 electric was €4 4 there is a drive over drain but not really suitable for cassette emptying as there was no water to rinse cassette and the opening was not ideal as there is a bar across which caught the paper from those that put paper in the cassette (we don’t we do as the Greek and use a bin.) 5 the drive over drain also had no proper fall towards the centre so a lot of water ran into the car park (not very well thought out ). Noticed the […]
Staying at the Canterbury New Dover Road Park & Ride ’til Saturday tunnel to Calais. New Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3EL See website £3 for 24 hours (overnight sleeping allowed) including bus ticket into the City for both of us! – they allow up to 7 people ? Elsan, waste water dump, bins and water included. Good pub at the entrance with real ale…. Check out the serious camper! ?
Cheap campsite ,€12 for 24hrs inc electric ,all facilities ,showers toilets and i believe wifi but i never got the code . Cant say a lot about this as when we arrived it was raining hard , we did manage to get to the shops which were about a mile away before another torrential downpour.That was the only sightseeing we managed but believe there is lots in the area. The motorhome parking is just past reception on tarmac and facilities very clean.
Great place on the marina 6 places and €7 for 24 hours including WiFi ,water 0.50 cents, toilets and showers . electric €2.50 for 6 amp for 24 hours. Sun came out here so able to do a short walk on a nature trail, The way we accessed this was down a single track road and at the end we had to cross a bridge to get to the marina . The signs said 3.5 tonne 2.8 wide which i was ok about but 2.4 height which i was worried about ,on inspection it was about 20ft high so no problem as i didn’t fancy going all the way back.
Quiet campsite, walking distance into town and marina. Water, hookup and drain on pitch €15
Great stelpatz on the Rhine, village 10 mins walk and loads to see.All facilities including electric for €8 for 24 hours, had a lot of rain but still managed to get out and about so will update with pics when wifi is free
Finally drove through the bad weather in France and now pitched at the Camping Resort Sanguli Salou. Weather forecast sun for the next week so staying and having chill ?
Great spot on the Rhine €9.50 per 24 hours inc electric 6 amp,showers €1 and washing machine and dryer. Nice walks along the river and a couple of museums. Some steam boats in the harbour and a 100+ year old crane. Netto and hyper market close by.Only downside was nowhere to empty cassette or grey water but still stayed 2 days as toilets and showers compensated so didn’t have to use our own and needed to do some washing.Club bar was also very cheap as we had 4 beers and 2 wines for €8.50 which is good by German standards.
Car park on edge of town with cassette and grey waste emptying across the road water €1. Spaces for 8 to 10 vans free. Only downside is school next to park where the kids get dropped off at 7.30 onwards so lots of door slamming. Nice village and on the Rhine so plenty of passing boats . Lidl and Aldi and another supermarket close by and €1 shop and builders merchant and cheap garage for fuel and LPG.
One of the biggest stelpatz i have been on ,it was like a hymer convention. €7 for 24 hrs , water €1 electric€1 all other services free,plenty of shops close by for the shopaholics,right on the river so views of the Rhine are good although chances of getting on the front row are slim. Full of large rv’s as i suppose they cant go anywhere else as they are too big.Very very busy..
Just down the road from Andernach this is a gem of a place , right on the Rhine,€7 for 24hrs,water €1, electric varies €1 for 8hrs €2 for 16 €3 for 24.tarmac pitches overlooking the river ,very clean and lots of cycling paths and walks. Just before you get to the stelpatz is the biggest retail park i have ever seen which is worth a visit before you go to park up.Small village nearby with a few shops . .
20 van site right on the Mosel €6 a night ,guy comes round about teatime for his money, small village nearby no shops but a few bars and wine caves. Great place to just chill and for shopping go to Zell barl ,massive shopping centre with lidl and aldi, fuel and 24hr washing machine.Also possible to stop but no services.
A very big and busy stelpatz right on the rhine, couple of nice villages to explore ,€7 an night with all services free exept for electric which will cost you €2 for 24 hours. Also free wifi
a great stop if in Luxembourg, €10 off season (sept- march)a dedicated motorhome area across the road from the campsite with about 30 pitches all with electric water waste and tv socket. Free wifi at reception, showers and toilets and a washing machine and pub /restaurant can all be used on the campsite. Also a motorhome dealer with accessory shop next door and a Delahaze supermarket (although it was very sparce when we were here so maybe a refurb or closing , a burger bar and chippie. 15 minutes to the border where there is a massive shopping centre and cheap fuel and booze ,also an aldi and lidl
Fantastic place on the Meuse in Belgium, a car park on the edge of town no facilities .I have stayed here a few times in sept/oct no problem but it is not a dedicated motorhome stop and i have only stayed for 1 night . Did ask if it was ok at the tourist office, loads to see and the birthplace of Adolph Sax the inventor of the saxophone.A lot of work going on with the riverbanks and walkways at the moment so hopefully it will still be possible to stay
Good stopover on the canal,no services but service area about 10 mile away on the motorway if heading north. Boat lift close by which is the tallest in the world ,not a lot in town but nice boulangerie. Free parking on concrete and a nice walk down the canal to the boat lift. First english vans we have seen for over 2 weeks and here there are 5.
Free aire close to supermarket and town centre , cassette and grey waste emptying free water with jeton from tourist centre . World war one site and close to Vimy ridge and a few more ww1 sites and cemetries..
Pitched for one night on the way up to Edinburgh area. Easy short walk into the centre, but uphill back! Very friendly people and even friendlier pub (Cod and Lobster) real ales, pub grub. You’ll see this sign but carry on! – Road is fine (with passing places) – leads to free overnight parking – see pics above…..
OK spot to break journey – very busy, surprisingly had a quite night. Petrol station with auto gas and Lidles just over the road. Nestled in with 3 or 4 other vans, mostly Swedish. Toilet block next door with external beach showers – closed at night (see pic of opening times)