Part 2

Monday 3rd  :-  On our way now in the direction of Clermont Ferrand and found a little village Sadroc (6 van aire)not far off route that has all the services and has 4 unmetered 13 amp electric points .We stop here for lunch and use the facilities and top everything up while here . Nothing in the village except for a church , school and a small shop .(we needed bread and cheese so spent a bit to cover the water and electric .Off now to Ussel an aire on the lake in the Park Naturel en Limousine, What a sight when we arrived , there were caravans (and plastic gutter and soffit vans )everywhere and quite a few motorhomes as well . They had smashed the bourne and there were electric leads everywhere including some running from lam posts. Needless to say we didn’t stay here and moved to another aire by a lake about 20k away at Meymac , this time it was just motorhomes ,and the lake was just across the road ,no views but jut a short walk to lake and beach with canoes and peddle boats and a swimming section.Room here for 20-30 vans and fairly quiet as most French have gone back to work. All free services (except electric.). Great walking area with an hour and half walk round the lake (which we did) and a few other walks.And the nigh time view of the stars was unbelievable.

 

Wed 5th sept,:- Now on a massive aire the north side of Chaumont on the river in a nice village with plenty of places to eat and usual shops and a few photo opportunities . Very busy aire so if you go make sure you get there early, Free parking but services are not.€2 for cassette emptying and water .Met a couple who i know from the forums so spent a night reminiscing (The Wints ,Alan and Eileen ) for anybody who is a member of a few forums.      Fri 7th Sept ,:- Slowly working our way northwards and today we arrive at Moulins a town with loads to see and do with an Intermache across the road .The aire is an old municipal site ,barriered and 10 cents an hour, Entry is though barrier and payment by card only ,jetons for the services (they were left open and there was water at an old shower block) I did buy 5 at €2 for electric and services but only used one for electric on the first night as we were parked under trees , Stopped here for 3 nights for €7 ,great walking and biking trails.          Monday 10th sept:- We are slowly going down the Loire and today its a small village on the canal basin with lots of activity with hired boats and the people working on their own boats. Plenty of parking ,we were on grass overlooking the canal and 2 more vans joined us later.Free parking and water at side of Marie ,services were by token and they were facing the Marie. Usual shops a chemist ,boulangerie and charcuterie.

 

Tues 11th sept:-  Now onto a small village on the Loire and at the junction with 2 canals , free parking but services again by token. Not a lot in town but a few bars near the aqua duct .Again plenty of walking in the area and the Pont du Braire is the largest aqua ductin europe.  

 

Wed 12 sept:- Only an hour down the road and now at Sully, A great aire all free behind the castle and on the Loire with a lot of forest walks into the town which when the temps are as hot as it is at present makes it easier to get about. Quite a few shops and bars in centre. All services are free and we stayed 2 nights and chilled.

 

Fri 14th sept:- Heading in the direction of Le Mans/Fouge’res  and now at a small walled town just south of Chartres, A 7 van aire overlooked by the castle ( 11 vans parked when we were there and cars will park in spaces in the day)and with the Loire running alongside .Services are €2 and there is a toilet block in the park. Nice town with lots of bars,shops and eateries but it is a good hike uphill. There are steps facing the park which will take you to the chateau and town ,also a little further down the road is the Grotttes du Moulin (a series of caves) , closed when we checked so cannot comment.  

 

Sat 15th sept:- Intended to stop at Le Mans but could not find the aire so had this as a back up , Medieval village on the way to Fouge’res and was our first camping -car park site Sainte Suzanne.Fairly easy to use once you suss it and this is right next to the village,€12.50 for 24 hours with all facilities inc 6amp electric and wi-fi. Its also barrier entry and exit so very secure.Self cleaning toilets in adjoining car park along with bins. Sunday 19th sept :- Arrived at Fougeres and found the aire close to the castle was full but a couple of roundabouts up the hill is another which is a big car park with free facilities and toilets across the road it was fairly empty and closer to the town centre. Plenty to do and see here and as i have been before reckon it must be amongst the best in France .  Tues Sept 18th:-  Getting closer to the end of the tour so we opt for Mamers a small village on the way back up north, the aire had nobody on so we opted for the municipal which was just down the road and for an extra pound €10 a night inc wi-fi the facilities and the views over the lake were much better .Nice walks and a small town about half a mile away also a couple of supermarkets close by.Site over looks 2 lakes ,1 fishing and one has a man made beach and i presume swimming.  Wed 19th Sept:- Getting closer to the sailing date of Fri 21st so we opt for this free aire in a little village at Jumieges on the Seine , Stopped at La Mailleraye on the way out but thought we would try this on the opposite side of the river which was recommended by a friend. The aire is big enough for maybe 30-40 vans but only 10 here tonight , grass and gravel parking with black and grey emptying ,water you need a token for €2 . Couple of cafes and a bars in town and an old Abbey ruins. Our final night before the ferry back to the U.K we again spent a very quiet night  at St Nicolas d’Aliermont .The trip on the ferry back to Newhaven was the worst i have been on and couldnt get out of my seat for the whole trip and so put me off using this route again..