Kev & Val's Tour

User: kevrowan
Dates: 9 Sep 2017 - 5 Dec 2017
Duration: 2 months, 3 weeks

Stopping places

Tuesday 5 Dec 2017 15:00

Medina Sidonia- Free Car Park 36.459511, -5.931573 We didn't stay the night although I'm sure we could have done. We just used the car park on the edge of town for somewhere to park.

The roads in the centre of town are very narrow so we made the correct decision. It's a quaint little town with some lovely bars and lots of places to visit which are well signed once you start walking. We had a great afternoon looking round and exploring. There are some beautiful churches, one in particular had a magnificent ceiling and altars. The town is well worthy of a visit.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017, 2 p.m.

Thursday 30 Nov 2017 15:32

Cape Trafalgar 36.188631, -6.032395 Stopped for a walk round and to take some photographs of the Cape where Nelson fought his last but victorious battle. The parking area was closed as it was out of season but we got some snaps from a spot close by.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017, 2:32 p.m.

Thursday 30 Nov 2017 14:45

Zahara de los Antunes 36.1365, -5.84362 Parked up close to the sea front and explored the town. Quiet as it was out of season. Nice promenade with boardwalks onto the beach. Worth a look round but probably better in season.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017, 1:45 p.m.

Thursday 30 Nov 2017 13:31

Barbate 36.187, -5.92306 Parked up on the promenade and had a good look round. The prom was quiet as it's out of season but the back streets and shops were still busy. Nice little resort. There is an Aire close by behind the Marina at about €13 per nigh but not got good reviews.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017, 12:31 p.m.

Monday 27 Nov 2017 11:33

Port of Cadiz - Car Park €3 - 24 hours 36.537652, -6.289888 Toilets. Found the site on Park4night Numerous Motorhome's overnighting. We didn't stay the night. The spot is so close to the centre that it's perfect for seeing Cadiz. A five minute walk and your into the old town with all its sights.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2017, 10:33 a.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 14:00

Vejer de la Frontera N 36° 14' 60" W 5° 57' 51" An ideal spot to park up and walk into town which is exactly what we did. It's also a great vantage point for taking a couple of photographs of the town especially if you camera has a panoramic setting.

The town itself is well worth a visit. It's a cubist blanco town like many other Spanish towns and villages. We spent a good couple of hours exploring. A great afternoon.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017, 1 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 15:00

Camping Roche- £9 pn - Winter Sun Campsite CC&C Independent Campsite Conil de la Frontera, Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain, 11149 36.31078, -6.112778 N36° 18.647' W6° 6.767' ACSI website Good site with nice facilities. About 4km into Conil de la Frontera and the same into El Colorado, both easy enough on the bikes. Nice promenade in Conil, nice swimming pool, shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants. El Colorado is smaller with a few bars and a Carrefour. We stayed a month which is probably a little too long. It would have been better if there was a rally on. Great weather though.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 2 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 14:44

Sanlúcar AC Parking - €8 without ehu Authorised motorhome service point and night stop Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain, 11550 36.761462, -6.395838 N36° 45.688' W6° 23.75' +34 656 97 04 09 Open from Jan to Dec 50m from beach Prices 2017 (Low/High): Stay 24 hours, € 8/12 (inc Water and Wifi). Overnight, 6 € / day (inc services and use of facilities). Service only: € 2/3. Electricity: 2/3 € / day

We stopped at this Aire on our way to Conil de la Frontera. It was ok and only a four kilometre cycle to Chipiona which is a lovely seaside town and not a usual tourist destination. It was Saturday afternoon and pretty quiet when we got there and we spent some time exploring the place before heading back to the site for an hour in the sunshine and a welcome beer.

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 1:44 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 12:10

Ruinus de Italica at Santiponce. Parking Free 37.44294, -6.042315

We had a look round the Roman ruins. Free to enter for EU citizens. We had to show our passports. Fascinating place and well worth a visit.

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 11:10 a.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 14:02

Parking Puente Remedios - €10 pn Authorised motorhome service point and night stop Sevilla, Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain, 41011 37.372356, -5.994333 N37° 22.341' W5° 59.66' Open from Jan to Dec Easy 15 minute walk into Seville old town. Barriered car park on bank of river 10 euro per night. Electric at extra charge

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 13:05

La Aldea - ASCI site - €17 pn Independent Campsite Almonte, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain, 21750 37.141499, -6.490833 N37° 8.49' W6° 29.45' http://www.campinglaaldea.com/ info@campinglaaldea.com 959 442 677 Open from Jan to Dec

We had two days here and loved visiting El Rocio. Some people call it Cowboy Town and it's easy to see why as there are so many people riding about on horseback. It's a fascinating place and well worth a visit. The campsite is ideally located on the edge of town and has all the facilities including good wifi.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017, 12:05 p.m.

Monday 6 Nov 2017 15:55

Castro Marim - Aire -Free Authorised motorhome service point and night stop. Portugal 37.21981, -7.44447 N37° 13.189' W7° 26.668' 12 emplacements, sur graviers, éclairés, sans ombre. Stationnement gratuit Services : 2 €

We have used this Aire before on our first visit to Portugal and we only used it this time because we didn't want to get to El Rocio too late to have a good look round. Loosing an hour as we cross the border into Spain would have left us with even less time. So we decided to spend the night here and move on tomorrow.

It's a nice little village with a castle and a few shops and bars. We bought some Tawny Port and a 5 litre box of Lagar Pias Vino Tinto which is one of our favourite Portuguese red wines.

Posted: Nov. 6, 2017, 3:55 p.m.

Monday 6 Nov 2017 13:52

Vila Real de Santo António Authorised motorhome service point and night stop Vila Real de Santo António, Faro, Portugal, 8900-201 37.19941, -7.41562 N37° 11.965' W7° 24.937' Open from Jan to Dec Parking 1 day : 4.50 € 2 à 10 days : 3,50 €/jday 1 month : 3 €/day Électricité : 4 €

We didn't use the Aire, we just parked close by and had a look around the town where we posted some postcards. We had a walk along the the river bank. It's almost at the border and you can see the Guadiana Bridge that links Portugal with Spain.

Posted: Nov. 6, 2017, 1:52 p.m.

Monday 6 Nov 2017 11:23

Cacela Velha 37.158171, -7.54667

A tiny little coastal village on the edge of a cliff with wonderful views of the Atlantic. It was like stepping back in time and is almost untouched by tourism. We stopped and had a walk round and stepped inside the old church.

Posted: Nov. 6, 2017, 11:23 a.m.

Monday 6 Nov 2017 10:06

Cabanas de Tavira 37.135494, -7.5997

Lovely quiet coastal village where we just stopped and parked on the promenade to have a look round. We walked down the boardwalk and then bought some postcards from a small tourist shop for M and the boys.

Posted: Nov. 6, 2017, 10:06 a.m.

Saturday 4 Nov 2017 18:38

Parque de Autocaravanes - €10 with electric. All facs Estrada da Fonte Salgada, 8800 Tavira, Portugal Tel.: +351281320690 | Email: parque.tavira@sspsp.pt | Website GPS: N 37.13638, W 7.64039 N 37°08'11", W 7°38'25" Great wifi but only in the Laundry

We moved onto the site to enjoy the showers etc after two days wild camping. The washing machines were only €3 for a 7 kg wash.

Posted: Nov. 4, 2017, 6:38 p.m.

Thursday 2 Nov 2017 17:52

Mercado Municipal de Tavira - Free Offsite parking - no services (wild-camping) Tavira, Faro, Portugal, 8800 37.122897, -7.643233 Open from Jan to Dec

This is just a very large flat area behind the Municipal Market which has public toilets when open. The market tends to close early afternoon. There is a large flea market on Saturday's

The town of Tavira is a popular and beautiful tourist resort. It's got a thriving town centre and it's very pleasant to walk by and across the river over its pedestrianised bridges. There are lots of unique little shops and plenty of bars and eating places. The streets in the centre are tiny and best avoided with a motorhome.

Had a cycle along the river in both directions to the right the road expires at the ferry crossing to Ilha de Tavira and in the opposite direction we visited the Anchor Graveyard past Pedro Santa Lucia at Pedras d'el Rei.

Posted: Nov. 2, 2017, 5:52 p.m.

Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 16:58

MONCARAPACHO - Known as: Route 66 - €8 pn, €2 Electric Authorised motorhome service point and night stop with toilets, showers, emptying and water. Portugal 37.08319, -7.76434 N37° 4.991' W7° 45.86' +351 964 129 163

We spent two days here mainly because we wanted to visit a restaurant in Moncarapacho which has a fish and chips meal on two days a week.

The site itself is undergoing a lot of work. The bar was closed when we got there but was said to be reopening with ING the next week or two. It is a basic/rustic site but the showers and toilets we clean with plenty of hot water. Lots about 2km to cycle into town and pretty flat.

Posted: Oct. 31, 2017, 4:58 p.m.

Tuesday 31 Oct 2017 15:42

Fuseta- Free Car Park - No overnighting 37.052807, -7.744992

Beautiful little resort so much so that we could have stayed a week. There is a campsite with a hundred metres of the car park for about €16 pn low season dropping to €11 if you stay for a week.

There is a long promenade with lots of small bars with people eating and drinking outside. You can also get street food from a vendor cooking all sorts of fish and langoustine which looked delicious

There is a lovely beach with lots of boardwalks. If we come this way again we will definitely stay much longer than a quick visit.

Posted: Oct. 31, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

Monday 30 Oct 2017 15:32

Olhão Car Park - free 37.024131, -7.845476 The car park is just set back from the promenade with a Police Station on the corner as you turn into it. We decided to stay the night after Val popped in and asked the officer on the desk if it was ok to stay overnight. His answer was as long as you park on the dirt at the back you are fine. The car park has no facilities apart from bins but there are public loos on the prom to the left about 300 metres away.

After lunch we had a cycle round the town centre, the docks and the promenade area. There are loads of tourist type shops, bars and restaurants mainly on the prom or one or two streets back.

We spent a very peaceful night surrounded by about 15 other vans, one of which was the length of a single decker bus with a sporty car in tow. Would use the spot again if in the area.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2017, 3:32 p.m.

Friday 27 Oct 2017 12:38

Armação de Pêra 37.103407, -8.362365 Seaside resort with wild camping aire just off the Roundabout €1.50

We had a couple of rides in Armação de Pêra, one for a good look round and one to visit a bar to watch the Man United vs Spurs match.

It's a lovely resort with lots of bars and restaurants and is well worth a visit.

Posted: Oct. 27, 2017, 11:38 a.m.

Sunday 22 Oct 2017 17:15

Mikki's Place - €7 per night, €9 large pitch, €2.50 ehu 37.128399, -8.322735 Authorised Motorhome Stopover. Pay for 7 and the 8th night is free. We arrived on the Sunday the day of the US Grand Prix. We watched it on a German TV Station and were the only British couple at the bar, which was ok as it was a friendly place. Hamilton lost his pole at the first bend but was soon back in the lead with a stunning overtake and was never really troubled after that.

Mikki's is on the edge of Pera about 10 minutes on the bike. It's just under 6km from Armaçao de Pera and nearly all downhill, although only a slight gradient. We took a shortcut on the way back and pushed the bikes up a steep bit towards the church in Pera and was back on our site in less than 30 minutes.

Our second visit to Armaçao was for the Man United vs Spurs match with Martial scoring the United winner. We found a nice Portuguese Bar to watch the match. After the game we did a bit of shopping at the local Intermarche as we were running out of water and wine, so we had a heavy load for the ride back to site.

Posted: Oct. 22, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday 19 Oct 2017 12:52

Parque de Palmeira €9 with all facilities Authorised motorhome service point and night stop Albufeira, Portugal, 8200 37.0994, -8.24326 N37° 5.964' W8° 14.596' http://www.parquedapalmeira.com geral@parquedapalmeira.com +351 289 502 205

The Aire is handy for the town centre. It took us about 12 minutes to walk to the Clock Roundabout and about 20 to the Worms Roundabout. You can be on the strip after a 25 minute walk.

We stayed three days and would use this Aire again without hesitation. It has all the necessary facilities although I could only find one hot shower. The washing machines were €4.50 and the driers €3. It was a popular site with lots of different nationalities using it but very friendly. A bigger site than our last one with nationalities scattered and not in little groups.

Posted: Oct. 19, 2017, 11:52 a.m.

Monday 16 Oct 2017 15:01

Parque da Galé - €7, €9 with ehu, Shower €1 Authorised motorhome service point and night stop Vale De Parra, Faro, Albufeira, Portugal, 8200-428 37.0927, -8.31191 N37° 5.562' W8° 18.715' http://www.parquedagale.com info@parquedagale.com

It's an unusual aire in that it has showers and even an heated swimming pool but no toilet. There is a community room with a TV set and a pool table which is all included. We walked to Laurenço beach which is only twenty minutes away, probably five minutes by bike. There are plenty of bars and restaurants on the doorstep so it's no problem to watch English football. A pint and a half of Super Bock was less than €3.50.

We stayed for three days and would have stayed longer if there had been a loo. We tried and enjoyed a pub across the road called the Arcadia and had a couple of good walks. We had our first rain since leaving the UK but it was mainly during the night. The last night we stayed on site to watch the Benfica vs United game. Jose's tactics got the job done with a 1-0 win with Rashford getting the winner from a free kick. Their young keeper stepping back into his own goal to catch the ball which crossed the line.

There was a little British community at the top of the site and we quickly made friends with three couples who we could very easily bump into again.

Would visit the site again for a few days without hesitation, the heated pool was great and Val made good use of it. We quickly made friends with a few of the Brit's who were staying. Good site.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017, 2:01 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 17:59

Motorhome Friends Camperpark - €6 pn, €9 with ehu 37.156626, -8.20936 Water, Electric, Chemical, Grey, Toilets, shower, Wifi, Laundry,

Our home for the night and maybe more if I can get to watch the Liverpool vs United game tomorrow. There is a strong wifi signal so I am very hopeful.

We ended up having three wonderful days with Pedro and his Dutch wife Meehra. We managed a walk in Paderene and had some lunch in one of the bars. The temperature over the three days was round about 30° and too hot to do much. A great aire and we will definitely be back.

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 4:59 p.m.

Friday 13 Oct 2017 12:40

Evora Aire - Free - No Services 38.575768, -7.913828 Found on Campercontact

The Aire is in a great location on the edge of Evora. It's a five minute walk into town with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. You can get 1 litre of Sagres for €1.75. The main attraction is the Temple of Dianna which is unfortunately surrounded by netting at the moment for restoration. There is however some nice architecture and museums to look round. We had an enjoyable couple of hours looking round and would have been happy to park for the night but we were heading further south.

Posted: Oct. 13, 2017, 11:40 a.m.

Thursday 12 Oct 2017 13:40

Camping Alentejo - €9, €12 with ehu - full facilities inc swimming Evoramonte, Portugal, 7040 38.791957, -7.68746 N38° 47.517' W7° 41.248' http://www.campingalentejo.com info@campingalentejo.com 00351 268959283

We stayed here for a break from the driving and sightseeing. It's a spotless site with great showers and toilet and a friendly welcome from its Dutch owners. Nice spot to take a break and unwind.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017, 12:40 p.m.

Wednesday 11 Oct 2017 17:57

Elvas Viaduct - Free Parking 38.87866, -7.17298

We ended up here because the Aire in Badajoz was full. The parking area at the aqueduct is a massive and you can park close to the road in the shade of the Viaduct or well away from the road and it's traffic noise. What most people did, us included, was to park in the shade and the move once the sun went down.

There was some noise from the road and some from barking dogs but after the morning sightseeing in Salamanca and then the long drive to get here we slept pretty soundly. Another advantage of crossing the border into Portugal was we got an extra hour in bed as we were back in the same time zone as the UK.

The following morning we walked up into the town of Elvas which took about 15 minutes. There is a short cut if you stick to the side of the Aqueduct you can be up at the Castle in about 10 minutes and the stroll down into the town to have a look around.

Posted: Oct. 11, 2017, 4:57 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 20:33

Salamanca Free Parking - No services 40.95864, -5.67513

A great spot 700 metres from the Cathedral and just across the road from Lydl and Mercadona.

We got in about 8:00pm and after a quick dinner we headed of into the old town which was magnificent. There was fantastic architecture on every corner and it was all laminated.

The following morning we went back in again and it was just as beautiful by daylight and we discovered many more wonderful buildings to explore. Definitely a must see.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 6:33 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct 2017 14:15

Area Autocaravans Burgos - Free Aire - Chemical, Grey, Free Water 42.350093, -3.680624

We stopped here for a few hours to have a look round Burgos. The aire is 100 metres from the Alcampo supermarket and after stocking up and having lunch we jumped on the pushbikes and cycled down the river the 1.5 kilometres to the historic centre of town with its magnificent Cathedral.

The Cathedral is the wowser but there are other things too see as well. After a couple of hours exploring we set off back to the van to head further south.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2017, 12:15 p.m.

Monday 9 Oct 2017 18:39

Camino del Norias, Logrono- Free Parking - No Services 42.475733, -2.45419 Found on Campercontact

We parked here at about 6:00pm. We had Spanish neighbours next door whose daughter was doing a Masters degree at Glasgow University. The had used this site many times and assured us it was a safe location.

Once we were set up we walked about a mile in Logrono centre over the Ebro river to Calle del Laurel with its Pincho Bars. We had a list of five bars and five pincho's to try and we managed the five bars and exceeded the pinchoes.

A great night was had by all and after walking the mile back to the van we flopped into bed and were in the dream zone in no time.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 4:39 p.m.

Monday 9 Oct 2017 15:00

Barrihuelo Aire - Free - Elec €2 for 12 hours Elciego N42.51493 W2.61580

We only stopped at this Aire so that Val could visit the Marques de Riscal which is a Frank Gehry hotel.

Although we didn't stay the night the aire was popular with other Motorhomer's. There is the normal emptying facilities plus free fresh water which we took advantage of. One of the locals was filling up as we were there so we knew it was pottable.

It's situated in a nice village with lots of Bodegas and a beautiful church.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2017, 1 p.m.

Sunday 8 Oct 2017 18:50

Berriozar Authorised motorhome service point and night stop Berriozar, Navarra, Navarra, Spain, 31013 42.841429, -1.667195 N42° 50.486' W1° 40.032' http://www.berriozar.es/ Open from Jan to Dec Off N121a to Pamplona ring road, then off N240a onto Avenida de Berriozar, plenty room on no through road, specific for Camperstop. Parking is free of charge throughout the year, except for the 5th and the 15th of July; In fact, in those days and 8 euros will be charged the day of the San Fermin fiesta Water 2€

We left Saint Jean Pied De Port at about 2:30pm with the Pyrenees between us and Pamplona. The sat Nav said 77 kilometres but estimated a journey of almost two hours and we soon realised why. On some stretches of road we never got above 2nd and 3rd gear.

It took us a bit longer than the sat nav's estimate as we stopped at the summit where there was a small but distinctive church and a waypoint on the trail to Santiago de Costella. After taking a few pictures We got talking to a few young lads who were just doing the first leg of the journey which would take them a week. Then we got chatting to two older ladies who had met up on the journey. One was Canadian and the other Italian and they were going all the way. They estimated the had about forty more days to walk.

We got back on the road and after getting a little lost in Pamplona we found our Aire and parked up for the night round about 4:45pm. Once we got parked up we had a walk round the local area. It took about 15 minutes to get into town with its bars and restaurants, all the shops were shut with it being a Sunday. We strolled back to the van with a plan to ride down the cycle track into Pamplona in the morning, keeping an eye out for stray bulls of course.

We rode into the city after breakfast. The cycle track led straight to the funicular railway which took us up into the historic part of town which was fabulous. We spent all morning looking around and we could have spent two days there was that much too see.

We came across loads of pilgrims making the trip to Compostella, I even had my photograph taken with an American dressed as a priest. I got talking to two Argentinians one of which was the cousin of the present City goalkeeper.

Posted: Oct. 8, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Sunday 8 Oct 2017 14:00

Capilla De Santiago 43.00881, -1.319517

We stopped at the summit of the climb over the Pyrenees where there was a small but distinctive church and a waypoint on the trail to Santiago de Costella. After taking a few pictures We got talking to a few young lads who were just doing the first leg of the journey which would take them a week. Then we got chatting to two older ladies who had met up on the journey. One was Canadian and the other Italian and they were going all the way. They estimated the had about forty more days to walk.

Posted: Oct. 8, 2017, noon

Sunday 8 Oct 2017 11:30

Saint Jean Pied De Port 43.165521, -1.232707 Authorised motorhome service point and night stop Pyrennes-Atlantique [64], Aquitaine, France, 64220 http://www.st-jean-pied-de-port.fr Stationnement limité à 48 heures Aire goudronnée, ombragée, calme. La borne de services est à l'arrière du bâtiment des sports. Un agent municipal passe vérifier. Tél Office du Tourisme : +33 (0)559 370 357 2017 Parking, services : €7

We stopped here to visit the historic town and its famous church that the pilgrims use on their was to Santiago de Compotella. We spent a few hours looking round before having lunch and moving on to Pamplona.

The aire is on the towns doorstep in a great location. We did the town and church first before having a walk around the Citadel. Well worth a visit.

Posted: Oct. 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 18:04

Hagetmau Aire - Free 43.748343, -0.564565

We found the air on our sat Nav and just used it as an overnight stop on our journey South, without doing any exploring. The where two other vans using it, one German and one French. It was a large flat area on an industrial estate right next to a pretty stream. It had emptying points for grey and back water and also fresh water.

We got in after 6pm and after diner the nights entertainment was a movie on Netflix.

Posted: Oct. 7, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

Saturday 7 Oct 2017 12:16

Pujol Ancient Village 44.385766, 0.688518

We got here late morning and spent some time looking around the ancient village before having lunch. The church of St Nicholas was beautiful and there were lots of other quaint buildings to explore.

There was plenty parking outside the village and a car park within about 300 metres of the entrance.

Posted: Oct. 7, 2017, 10:16 a.m.

Friday 6 Oct 2017 16:08

Begerac- Large Free Car Park - WC, Bins 44.849707, 0.48806 5 minutes walk to Dordogne and Centre Historique No restriction for overnighting - Dedicated bays for Camping Cars.

We spent a couple of hours looking round the old town as there was plenty too see. Another spot with great architecture, shops, bars and restaurants, plus the added attraction of the Dordogne. We could have happily spent the night but Val had read about an aire at a vineyard about 8 kilometres away with wine tasting at 6pm. Enough said.

Posted: Oct. 6, 2017, 2:08 p.m.

Friday 6 Oct 2017 16:02

Domaine de La Lande Vineyard/Aire - Free - Wine tasting at 6pm Monbazillac 44.788955, 0.495956

We arrived in the late afternoon after our sightseeing in Bergerac. We managed an hour in the sunshine before it was time for the wine tasting which was conducted by John whose family had owned the vineyard for many generations. He himself had handed over to his son and was just helping out. He was great entertainment and we got to taste many wines priced from €5.50 up to €11 per bottle.

After the tasting we had a walk down to see the grapes that were hung up in sheds. As the sun went down it started to get cold and after saying goodnight to our fellow tasters, a Dutch couple called Ria and Case we retired to the van for some dinner and a movie.

Posted: Oct. 6, 2017, 2:02 p.m.

Thursday 5 Oct 2017 20:07

Perigueux Aire €6 per night Motorhome service point and night stop Dordogne, Aquitaine, France, 24000 45.18772, 0.73074 N45° 11.263' E0° 43.844'

Open from Jan to Dec Eau coupée en période de gel 2017 Parking & services : 6,55€ for 24 hours Entrance barrier, exit code for allows exit and return

We arrived at our aire for the night at about 6:45pm and whilst Val made us some dinner I did one or two jobs. As soon as we had eaten we had a walk along the river and over the bridge into the town centre. We must have taken 30 or 40 photographs, it was that picturesque. We intend to go back again tomorrow to see it in daylight. I'm sure we'll while away two or three hours before we move on.

The following morning we walked back into town just to see if it was as beautiful in daylight as it was at night when it was lit with a soft lighting. We were not disappointed and spent another couple of hours looking round.

A good feature of the Aire is that you pay for 24 hours rather than per night. It's a great spot, ten minutes walk from town. Visiting is a must.

Posted: Oct. 5, 2017, 6:07 p.m.

Thursday 5 Oct 2017 16:08

Angouleme - Free Car Park 45.655811, 0.15157 Another day of brilliant sunshine for our drive from La Sequineres to Angouleme. We called at an Intermarchè on route to fill up with Gazole at €1.23 a litre. We parked up alongside the river La Charente on a large free car park with no restrictions which we found on the Park4night app.

You can walk down the river if you want to take in some natural beauty. We chose to walk across the river up through the ramparts, turning left at the top and into the historic quarter. Some beautiful old buildings mixed with the modern cafes, bars and restaurants. The town is not my number one tourist attraction but it's worth two or three hours to look round. Be prepared for some uphill gradients.

There were other Motorhome's on the car park and some were obviously stopping the night.

Posted: Oct. 5, 2017, 2:08 p.m.

Wednesday 4 Oct 2017 19:07

La Seguineres - Free Aire - WC, bins 47.06011, -0.936605

Just used the aire as a night stop without having a look round. Got in about 7:30pm, had dinner, watched a movie and the climbed into bed.

By the side of a busy road so quite a bit of road noise.

Posted: Oct. 4, 2017, 5:07 p.m.

Wednesday 4 Oct 2017 12:45

Fourgeres Aire & Chateau - Free 48.35522, -1.21111

We drove about 40 kilometres on mainly local road with the last few on the E3/A84 motorway before reaching Fourgeres. The 11th century Chateau was only a stones throw from the aire. We walked into town and followed the walking tour path that took in all the sights including the panorama view of the Chateau and the beautiful Church of St Leonard. We spent about three hours there but decided to move South as it was still early.

Posted: Oct. 4, 2017, 10:45 a.m.

Tuesday 3 Oct 2017 20:54

Mont Saint Michel 48.635856, -1.512609 After setting up the van at our camperstop we jumped on the bikes and cycled to Mont Saint Michel. It took us about 30 minutes at a steady pace and we stopped a couple of times for photographs. We hung around till the sun went down and then put the lights on the bikes and cycled back. Absolutely stunning, could only have been better if the tide was in surrounding the Mont.

Posted: Oct. 3, 2017, 6:54 p.m.

Tuesday 3 Oct 2017 17:52

La Bidonniére Aire €10.75 48.6036, -1.4769

After alighting the ferry at Cherbourg we headed to Ardevon which is a 15 minute cycle ride from Mont-Saint-Michel. It was main roads or motorway except for the last few kilometres. N13 then E03 then E104' last 4 kilometres on local road.

Posted: Oct. 3, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

Tuesday 3 Oct 2017 8:19

Cherbourg Ferry Terminal

Posted: Oct. 3, 2017, 6:19 a.m.

Monday 2 Oct 2017 9:58

Poole Ferry Terminal and Aire £5 per night 50.709058, -1.992934

After returning from London and picking up the van from Essanjay we did a big shop to restock our supplies.

We spent the night in lane 34 ready for the 08:30 ferry and paid £5 the privilege.

It was a great night stop with Showers, WC, Emptying and Fresh Water.

Posted: Oct. 2, 2017, 8:58 a.m.

Thursday 28 Sep 2017 11:45

Crouch End Long weekend spent with M and the boys. They are all developing and growing up fast. Had a lovely Indian birthday meal with G&S. great four days.

Posted: Sept. 28, 2017, 10:45 a.m.

Wednesday 27 Sep 2017 11:31

The Chequers Inn Motorhome Pub Stopover Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, BH16 6BJ 50.759961, -2.085101 N50° 45.598' W2° 5.106' http://www.thechequersinndorset.com/

Watched MU beat CSKA 4-1 in Russia

Posted: Sept. 27, 2017, 10:31 a.m.

Tuesday 26 Sep 2017 11:28

The Bakers Arms Motorhome Pub Stopover - Free Lytchett Minster, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, BH16 6JF 50.733499, -2.065115 N50° 44.01' W2° 3.907' http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/south-west/thebakersarmspoole 01202 622900

We finally got to celebrate Val's birthday with a meal out and very nice it was too. We had a lovely welcome and the cask ale was to die for. A bit pricey but well worth it. A lovely big car park. There was a little toad noise but it didn't disturb us. Great stopove.

Posted: Sept. 26, 2017, 10:28 a.m.

Sunday 24 Sep 2017 11:29

Sandford Holiday Park - £15 pn - All facilities Poole, Dorset, BH16 6JZ (50.720165, -2.086004) Park Dean Resort £15 with all facilities including swimming pool. We used it as a bolt hole for a couple of days whilst waiting to take the van into Essanjay for its MOT and one or two other jobs.

Posted: Sept. 24, 2017, 10:29 a.m.

Saturday 23 Sep 2017 19:19

The Halfway Inn - Pub Stopover - Free Norden, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, BH20 5DU 50.6574, -2.088268 N50° 39.444' W2° 5.296' Approximately 409km from your current location http://thehalfwayinnwareham.co.uk/ halfwayinnnorden@btconnect.com 01929 480402

Very busy Pubstop, so much so we couldn't get a seat in the pub and ended up just having a beer in the beer garden. Nice large car par with a little road noise but it didn't disturb us too much.

Posted: Sept. 23, 2017, 6:19 p.m.

Thursday 21 Sep 2017 10:38

Bagwell Farm Touring Park - Rally Fee £14.50 pn Independent Campsite Chickerell, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, DT3 4EA 50.633478, -2.52786

We stayed here on an MCC Rally for two days. We had a walk into Knight's Bottom and a walk to the beach. We spent most of our time catching up on our laundry. Our neighbours were Tony & Valerie who had been on a Rally with us in Spain the previous winter.

Posted: Sept. 21, 2017, 9:38 a.m.

Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 19:20

The Lamb Inn Pubstop - parked in swimming Pool car park across from pub. We had a meal and a couple of beers in the pub whilst watching United vs Burton Albion 4-0. Rashford got the first two. Lovely friendly pub with great service. If we lived in the area it would be our local.

Posted: Sept. 20, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

Wednesday 20 Sep 2017 10:36

The Otter Inn - Free Motorhome Pub Stopover Colaton Raleigh, Devon, England, United Kingdom, EX10 0LE 50.678949, -3.307534 N50° 40.737' W3° 18.452' http://www.otterinn.co.uk/ 01395 568434 It was our first stop after picking Val up from Exeter Staion on her return from Sheffield. The pub was managed by two young gay lads who were both very friendly. I had a couple of pints of Otter which was very tasty before we retired to the van.

Posted: Sept. 20, 2017, 9:36 a.m.

Saturday 9 Sep 2017 11:30

Lady's Mile, Dawlish ASCI Campsite £12 pn Lady's Mile Independent Campsite Dawlish, Devon, England, United Kingdom, EX7 50.595482, -3.45939 http://www.ladysmile.co.uk/ Open from Jan to Dec

We stayed over a week whilst Val visited London for Proms in the Park and the following weekend visited Sheffield. We made the half hour walk into Dawlish a couple of times and saw the famous black swans. We also had a walk into Dawlish Warren and then down the coastal path to Dawlish which took about three quarters of an hour.

It was an ideal site foe me to hole up as they had both BT and Sky Sports which kept me occupied whilst Val was away.

Posted: Sept. 9, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Kev & Val's Tour

User: kevrowan
Dates: 9 Sep 2017 - 5 Dec 2017
Duration: 2 months, 3 weeks

Stopping places

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