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Message posted by Diz-e-dee on 18/4/2005 at 2:51pm
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Hi Everyone, 

I'm trying to find a site in Northern France around Pay de Calais or Picardy that isn't all singing all dancing but provides a loo (or two) and a (some) shower(s) and is cheap.  Like a lot of us I'm on a tight budget and we can't afford our usual mobile home holiday in France this year but I'm itching to get over in the tent.  Hubby says No! we can't afford the usuall 20+ euros per night but if we can find anything cheaper then I can say sod it! and go thanks to good old speedferries.

So any ideas anyone?


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Message posted by La Touche on 18/4/2005 at 3:07pm
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SHAME you are planning to stay in the Nth.

We could have given you 4 LOO'S



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Message posted by wlee on 18/4/2005 at 3:53pm
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How many persons?
Look for municipal campsites in the guide. They usually are low priced. Do you have the michelin guide? I suppose Alan Rogers would also note prices, but I think they go for more expensive sites. Campings a la ferme are fairly cheap too and often also are good.
Of course it also depends on use of electricity etc.
Last year for two persons and caravan during the high season we had:
- one camping a la ferme in the Dordogne for 10.20 per night incl. electricity
- one municipal campsite bordering the Dordogne at ca 15.-- incl electricity
- one beautiful municipal campsite in Auvergne/Correze of 9.80 per night incl electricity
- one small municipal campsite on the Loire Canal excl electricity of 5.50 per night.
We did not take a lot of effort in selecting these, just lookes at the right destination and a reasonable price. They just appeared to be much cheaper than we expected in advance.

Especially with a tent without electricity it should be well possible to find good municipal campsite under 20 UK pound per night (NB the pound has a higher rate than the euro) even with two more persons than we were.
If you give me the name of a town or villages in Pays de Calais or in la Piccardie whereabout you want to stay I can check the my Michelin guide.

And maybe if you are willing to change destination La Touches site is a good alternative.

In general camping rates in France most probably will be lower than in Britain.

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THANKS WLEE...



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Message posted by billy on 18/4/2005 at 9:20pm
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Sites a few miles inland are usually cheaper than those right beside the sea---theres plenty of campsites near the northern French coast--the charges are displayed outside the reception---so you can check first & if expensive another one wont be far away---one we stopped at was at Etaples nr Le Touquet--9 pn.---

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If you're going outside peak season why not use Camping Cheque - cost per night (2 people/car/caravan/motorhome/electricity/pitch) is 9.95.  Look at Campingcheque.co.uk for information.  Also, try ACSI - they have three rates, I think 9 euros, 11 euros and 13.50 - also available outside peak season.  There are loads of sites in the guide.  You can join for about 2 and get a card which entitles you to the low rates quoted in the guide. 

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Thanks Everyone,  great advice.  Stuart & Jo - I saw your site on here and you're on our shortlist and we know the area reasonably well (some parts of the Loire anyway). However we would like to see the North East because we have never been there as we usually travel the posh way via St Malo (My treat!) or Caen from Portsmouth/Southampton. 

Any ideas for Belgium too would be good.


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Plenty of campsites on the Belgium coast & on into Holland--this is all Flemish speaking-so you will find plenty of locals who speak English--aint quite got the charm of France tho--bit more like England really--

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Message posted by Diz-e-dee on 25/4/2005 at 10:17am
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Thanks Billy!

Its the beer in Belgium that makes it so charming!

                          

 


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