Used this site for a stopover one rainy evening in mid-September. The location is superb; we were pitched on the riverside with a clear view from the tent to the cathedral over the river; there's a large concrete silo building over there too, which turned out to be the Maison de Culture. Tents are on the lower section; the soil is sandy and easy to peg into. Some noise from the weir, but covers any traffic noise.
At €14pn with ACSI card it's good value, though the snack bar was closed when we were there. Directions on the door to the depot de pain. Toilets clean and warm, up a flight of steps from the lower level.
Looking for a restaurant was tricky - should have used a guide. Ended up at McD's (turn r over bridge; by second roundabout). I suspect the busier part of town is in this area; the bit by the bridge leads to the historical quarter, dominated by cathedral and palace, no shops.
This site is an ideal stop over on the banks of the Loire within easy walking distance of the town.
We pitched our tent on the lower level which is the exclusive domain of tent campers, our tent was adjacent to the dyke so we could use EHU but those tents without EHU pitched right up to the banks of the river. The view across the river to the town and cathedral is lovely, although the cathedral still has scaffolding on it.
The toilets are a bit of a trek for tent campers but are spotless with plenty of hot water. The receptionist spoke perfect English, Dutch and French. We arrived about 5pm without reservation and there were plenty of pitches available for tents but the caravan/motorhome pitches seemed almost full.
Walk across the bridge, cross the road and slightly left and you will find a delightful, small patisserie for your bread and croissants. There is also a friendly bar for a morning coffee and a tabac. Walk up the hill a bit and you arrive at the cathedral and centre of the town with shops, bars and restaurants. Many shops are closed on Wednesdays.
The site cost 29 euros for 1 night for 6 people with EHU - it would obviously be a lot less for a couple.
I would highly recommend this site, it even features in the Cool Camping book and I would make a bee line for it if I was ever travelling in that area again.
To find site:- Leave A77 at junction 37 and take road D976 in the direction of Bourges. At first roundabout take road to Nevers. Just before bridge over the Loire turn right and campsite immediately on the left. Be warned that site reception is closed between midday and 3.00pm and there is no space immediately outside the site to wait so best to time you arrival to avoid the closure.
Camping de Nevers has a lovely situation on the banks of the River Loire overlooking the town on the opposite bank. There are two parts to the site, a higher terraced section and a lower section on the river bank. There are around 70 pitches although only the terraced ones seem to be numbered and with the exception of a couple of mobiles they are all touring. Pitch size is not over generous particularly on the terrace section and newly planted trees don't help access and they are longer than they are wide. I would have thought it would be difficult to place the averaged sized UK caravan on some pitches without the aid of a mover. Likewise setting up an awning could also be difficult due to the provision of space. Electric points, CEE17 connectors, are rated at 6amps. A long lead might be required for the lower section. Water points are dotted around the site. Chemical toilet disposal is combined with the motorhome service point, not sure I would use the water points in this area for caravan water supplies! The reception building is on two levels with the bureau at the higher level and the bar and toilets facilities at the lower level. The bar also does snacks. The toilet facilities are modern and of a high standard with seated toilets but no paper provided. Both toilets and showers are unisex. Internet access is available by a fixed terminal but the WiFi was not working during our stay. The site accepts Camping Cheques out of the high season. Camping de Nevers is a popular night halt and tends to fill up by late afternoon although I would have thought you would find space but I suspect electrics could not be guaranteed.
Apart from being a useful north/south stopover the pleasant town of Nevers, just across the river from the site, is worth a visit. The motor racing circuit at Magny Cours is about 10 miles south. There are numerous supermarkets in the area as well as full shopping opportunities in the town.
A very useful site for a 1 night stopover. The entrance is quite tight, the main problem was persuading OH that the big arrow saying 'camping' indicated the right direction. I don't know if it was because it was late in the season, but the lady in reception spoke no English, which was unusual in our experience. The view was somewhat spoiled by the cathedral tower being covered in scaffolding and wrapped up in plastic, but it was still impressive (notwithstanding the fact that it reminded OH of Bedford!) I think the Loire is a bit bigger than the Ouse. The opposite bank is nicely floodlit at night.
The site is easy to find from the autoroute, go back the same way or you will be driving through the town which is not a good idea. The autoroute is free up to J22.
A clean/quiet site that we used as a one night stopover.
The entrance is very tight if you approach it from the wrong direction, don't panic if you do, just drive over the bridge (into Nevers town center) go all the way around the roundabout and double back on yourself, its much easier that way.
The caravan/motorhome pitches have their own water/waste points. There are tall shrubs between pitches so they are quite private, although there is a public footpath opposite the river pitches.
If you go into the town there is a large Champion supermarket (we walked there and back within 30 minutes) along with lots af lovely old buildings, we popped into the cathedral, worth a visit.
The facilities were spotless, I could not fault them.
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