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Tips for two weeks in in Northern France?
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Posted: 11 August 2016 11:00 AM
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Hi team.
We're heading to France in mid-September. Arriving in Cherbourg from Ireland.....and we need a plan. Ideally, not too much driving (having just done 1200 miles around the UK).
Perhaps turning left off the ferry and keeping to the Normandy coast?
Ideally, some beaches, some small French villages, some markets, some history, some scenery etc.
Advice appreciated from anyone who has travelled this area, we'd also appreciate some recommendations regarding good campsites and aires.
We've been to France once before in the MH, mostly around the Loire Valley area, so we're not completely inexperienced....but we'd rather have a plan than risk finding out afterwards what we should have done this time.
Thanks in advance...btw, we're mid-sixties, so no abseiling, wind-surfing or roller-coaster rides lol.
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Posted: 11 August 2016 11:25 AM
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Nice little Municipal campsite in St. Mere Eglise - with a WW2 museum within a short walk.

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Posted: 11 August 2016 1:14 PM
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There is an ACSI site at Carentan, a reasonable size town, and easy access to the beaches.
Be aware that a lot of the French sites close in September, but you can often stay at the various marinas around that area .There is a small arie in St Vaast , which is also a small pleasant town, famous for it,s oysters and seafood. The other popular place is Hornfleur, with a large aire and a campsite , also a pretty town
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Posted: 11 August 2016 1:17 PM
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Forgot to mention , Cherbourg, it also has several parking areas, where MH park up, The marina, The cite de la Mer being some of them
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Posted: 11 August 2016 2:40 PM
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Generally, stay flexible, unless weather is of no consequence for you. Normandy is fine when the sun shines, but like most places, not so rewarding when it rains. It is northern France, near the Channel, and not far from the Atlantic. September can be superb, but sometime in October the weather usually cracks so, whether we'll get the autumnal "Indian Summer" this year, or whether it will follow the general trend and descend towards winter early, is anyone's guess. I'd be inclined to load up with guide books (and camp site guides) for the whole of France, and then be prepared to head for where it is warm and reasonably dry (and interesting for you), if Normandy isn't. It is fairly unusual for the whole of France to have bad weather at the same time.

France is full of interest, and many campsites stay open into October. Assuming you'd take a laptop, you could do worse than to get yourselves the ACSI DVD of sites, as it has options to search only for sites open between dates you specify (needs taking with a tiny pinch of salt, as campsite owners don't always stick to the script! ). Aim to have a fallback - and time to get there - just in case.
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Posted: 12 August 2016 7:55 AM
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If you decide to limit yourself to Normandy, I suggest you visit the Normandie-Tourisme website for information on places you might stay and things that might interest you

http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/normandy-tourism-109-2.html

The “Accommodation” section includes a “Campsites and Caravaning sub-section currently with 553 entries that can be filtered to match an individual’s requirements. The example below relates to motorhome service areas near a port

http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/outdoor-holiday-complex/near-a-port~camper-van-service-area~~~~~~~~~/offres-4-2.html

and it’s possible to download a useful list of motorhome service areas in each Normandy département.

If you chose to go west into Brittany, rather than east into Normandy, this website

http://www.brittanytourism.com/

also has a facility to research campsites.

We’ve travelled extensively in Normandy and Brittany over the years, but as there will be so much campsite/aires availability in those areas in mid-September (and what you want campsite-wise may well not be what we look for) it will be much better for you to do your own research. This campsite at Barfleur

http://camping.barfleur.fr/en/camping-cars/

meets your ‘beaches’ criterion, is open in September and is not too expensive, but it’s just one of many.
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Posted: 12 August 2016 10:41 AM
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Thanks, team! Plenty of useful info, especially the links from Derek. Exactly what we were looking for.......now let the planning begin!
BTW, who do we contact to arrange good weather?
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Posted: 12 August 2016 1:30 PM
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When we used the Cherbourg route we carried on down to Brittany, Mont St Michael worth a stop, Cancale for amazing sea food, St Malo just wonderful.

Enjoy your travels
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Posted: 5 September 2016 4:39 PM
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Hi
The ACSI site Domain du Drancourt, at St Valery Sur Somme is now stopping open till the 28th Sept, and do 14 nights for 10, is also a Castells site. Has pool, bar, restaurant, fishing, tennis and free wifi.
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Posted: 6 September 2016 8:29 PM
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Hi

A trip to Bayeux is worthwhile. Lovely Municiple campsite with free access to the adjacent Olympic size swimming pool. (Get free pass from reception) The campsite is by the river with a lovely riiverside path that takes you on a short walk right into the city. Try to see the tapestry and visit the cathedral and riverside restaurants and bars.

Large Aire at far end of Sword beach at Riva Bella. Pay by credit card on way in to get barrier up (Don't forget to press V for verification at the end of the card transaction or else the barrier wont rise. Also not far from Pegasus Bridge which is worth a visit

Have a good time.

John
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