Tuesday 7th June – Tuesday 12th July.
Total: 2,050miles; 3,300km
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Ouistraham, Mayenne, Bauge, Les Rosiers sur Loire*; Saumur, Chinon, Descartes, Preuilly-s-Claise, Rosnay in Brenne; Le Blanc, Bellac, Rochechouart, St Yrie-la-Perche, Le Bugue; Villefranche du Perigord, Cahors, St Antonin Noble Val*; Gaillac, Lavaur, Revel, Les Cammazes*; Saissac, Carcassone, Nr Beziers, Valras Plage, Serignan-Plages*; Beziers, Narbonne, Durban-Corbieres, Tuchan; (Perpignan airport) Tuchan; Estagel, Quillan, Puivert*;Tarascon-s-Ariege, Col de Puy Morens, Mont-Louis, Matamale; Font-Romeu*; Prades, Thuir, Elne, Argeles Plages; Le Bacares, by Rivesaltes, Estagel, Tuchan; Perpignan airport, Estael, Durban, St-Pons-de-Thomieres*; Baderieux, Lodeve, St-Maurice-Navacelles, [wrongly taken Diversion around cirque de Navacelles] Le Vigan; Mont Aigual, Florac, Mende, Chateuneuf-de-Randon, Col de la Croix de Bor; Grandrieu, Landos, Fay-sur-Lignon*; Tence, Yssingeax, Craponne-sur-Arzon, Ambert, Noirtable, Chatel-Montagne*; Lapalisse, Dompierre, Beaulon, Decize, Premery, Pouilly-sur-Loire*; Sancerre, Aubigny, Lamotte-Beuvron, Meung-s-Loire, Patay, Bonneval; Brou, Belleme, Montagne-au-Perche, Gace, Livarot, St Pierre –s-Dives, Troarn, Ranville, Merville-Franceville-Plage; Ouistraham, Portsmouth, Home.
Ouistraham, Mayenne, La Fleche, Bauge, Les Rosiers sur Loire [178 miles]
8th June Wednesday. Les Rosiers sur Loire*. 2nights. Alternative to our usual Saumur stop on the Loire. Small site. Nice 800m bike ride to village, La Loire and to excellent Logis de France Val de Loire restaurant. Good shops etc. Campsite has nice small warm pool. Nice pitches.
Saumur, Chinon, Descartes, Preuilly-s-Claise, Rosnay in Brenne [102 miles]
10th June Friday. Rosnay in Brenne. 1 night. Nice municipal site with minimum facilities by lovely lake and near other lakes – great for herons etc. Local restaurant closed out of season but good small village shop.
Le Blanc (lovely place), Bellac, Rochechouart, Chalus, St Yrie-la-Perche, Le Bugue [178 miles]
11th June 2 nights. Le Bugue. Les Trois Copains site. Well run, pool, good restaurant, near town. We visited our old friends Max and Marguerite Avezoux.
Belves, Villefranche du Perigord, Cahors, Caussade, St Antonin Noble Val* [92 miles]
13th June, Monday. 1 night. St Antonin Noble Val*. Nice site under trees beside river. Small pool. Good bike rides and walks. Short walk to lovely mediaeval town with shops and restaurants. Snack bar (in season).
Cordes-s-Ciel, Gaillac, Lavaur, Puy Laurens, Revel, Les Cammazes* [88miles]
14th June, Tuesday. 1 night. Les Cammazes* La Rigole campsite. Nice friendly site on side of a wooded hill near lake. Small pool (too cold out of season). Excellent snack bar. Small shop. Good walking and cycling.
Saissac (lovely mediaeval town), Carcassone, Trebes, Capestang, Nr Beziers, Valras Plage, Serignan-Plages* [89 miles]
15th June. Wednesday. 2 nights. Serignan-Plages* Large site with direct access to dunes and beach. Excellent pool, restaurant and shop. Good area for cycling. The whole area is campsites. Expensive. An alternative (there are very many) is Bleu Marine – on beach and adjacent to inland lagoon. Good for birds. Little tern, Hoopoe, black winged stilt, nightingales and Kentish Plover.
Beziers, Narbonne, Durban-Corbieres, Tuchan [67 miles]
17th June. Friday. 3 nights. Tuchan. Our usual rural Corbieres site, Short distance from village with good shops. Excellent pool and restaurant. [Collected Hugh from Perpignan airport – 50 miles] then returned here.
Tuchan; Estagel, Quillan, Puivert* [52 miles]
20th June, Monday. 1 night. Puivert. Stopover site. Terraced site, nice pitches near lake (swimming ok). Few facilities. Town ‘loisir’. Snack bar in season. Near small town.
We had Hugh with us for only next 2 weeks so wanted some time in the mountains and some by coast
Lavelanet, Tarascon-s-Ariege, Ax-les-Thermes, Col de Puy Morens, Mont-Louis, Matamale [103 miles]
21st June, Tuesday, 4 nights. Matamale (Camping du Lac). One of our favourite sites. Rural amongst pine trees. Small snack bar rarely open out of season. No shop. Snack bar is open by lake. Excellent for walks and bike rides. Nearby swimming pool. Wonderful restaurant down in village where there is a good shop.
Mont Louis, Font-Romeu [13 miles]
25th June, Saturday 2 nights. Font-Romeu. Huttopia site. Nice campsite on edge of town. Many chalets. Small pool. Snack bar in season. Steep walk to town for shops and restaurants. Views of Pyrenees. Nice hilly walks nearby.
Mont Louis, Villefranches de Conflent (walled city), Prades, Thuir, Elne, Taxo d’Avall, Argeles Plages [65 miles]
27th Monday 4 nights. Argeles-Plages. Le Soleil. One of our favourite sites next to beach. Excellent pools, restaurants, snack bar. Near coastal nature reserve. Hoopoes, Bea eaters, Fan-tailed warbler (=Zitting cisticola).
Le Bacares, by Rivesaltes, Estagel, Tuchan [48 miles].
1st July, Friday. 1 night. Tuchan. Returned here as it was better for taking Hugh to Perpignan airport (successful decision).
Estagel, Peyrestortes, airport (dropped Hugh), Estagel, Tuchan, Durban-Corbieres, Ferrals-les-Corbieres, Lezignan-Corbieres, past Minerve, St-Pons-de-Thomieres* [109 miles]
2nd July, Saturday, 1 night. St-Pons-de-Thomieres*. An excellent site under cherry trees by a river (with beach for swimming). Small pool. Rural amongst wooded hills. Next to a Voie Vert – a disused rail line suitable for walking and cycling. Short cycle ride into interesting town.
Olargues, Baderieux, Lodeve, St-Maurice-Navacelles, [wrongly taken Diversion around cirque de Navacelles] Montdardier, Avezes, Le Vigan [82 miles] The Cirque de Navacelles is dangerous and forbidden to vans – we were lucky to meet few vehicles on the narrow, steep, winding road.
3rd July, Sunday, 3 nights. Le Vigan, Val de l’Arre. One of our favourite sites by river. Good small warm pool, shop and excellent snack bar. Met up again with …….
Mont Aigual, Florac, Mende, Chateuneuf-de-Randon, Baraques-de-la-Mottes, Col de la Croix de Bor [103 miles taking 4.5 hours]
6th July, Wednesday, 1 night. Col de la Croix de Bor. Our favourite wild site in les Margerides.
Grandrieu, Landos, Barges, Le Monastier, Fay-sur-Lignon* [65 miles].
7th July, Thursday 1 night. Fay-sur-Lignan. Ferme St. Mathieu. Excellent municipal site with minimal facilities but near lovely village with excellent restaurants and shops. In a wonderful area.
Tence, Yssingeax, Craponne-sur-Arzon, Ambert, Noirtable, Chatel-Montagne* [150 miles]
8th July, Friday 1 night. Chatel-Montagne RetroPassion site. Excellent rural site filled with retro cars bikes etc. Near village with shops and restaurants. Small pool. Outstanding good restaurant on site
Lapalisse, Dompierre, Beaulon, Decize, St. Saulge, Premery, Pouilly-sur-Loire* [117 miles]
9th July, Saturday. 1 night. Pouilly-sur-Loire. Good open site on banks of Loire. Good country walks. Small goodish snack bar.
Sancerre, Aubigny, Lamotte-Beuvron, Meung-s-Loire, Patay, Bonneval [133 miles]
10th July. Sunday. 1 night. Bonneval, Bois de Chievre. Very nice rural site in woods by river. Good small restaurant (Pizzas). New owners, Falconry enthusiast. Falconry display was great. Adjacent to (free) town pool. Nice small town. Very friendly place.
Brou, Belleme, Montagne-au-Perche, Gace, Livarot, St Pierre –s-Dives, Troarn, Ranville, Merville-Franceville-Plage [133 miles].
11th July. Monday 1 night. Merville-Franceville-Plage. Pont du Jour.Convenient large site with direct access to beach. Good local restaurant 15 minutes along beach. Small pitches. The only site that was nearly full. There are other cheaper sites adjacent to this one. This catered for children with small covered pool.
12th July to Oustraham and Ferry. [10 miles].