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Subject Topic: Stopover near Dunkerque - which site?
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Message posted by mummylonglegs18/6/2010 at 3:15pm
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Hi - just booked our first 'with dog' expedition to France - via Dunkirk. We will be arriving after 10pm on the first night - would either of these campsites be open that late? Otherwise, we may just layby it in the camper.

Also - what is the score on vets in Dunkirk? We are ferrying back early Sunday at 8am - suppose we would have to get him de-fleaed etc on the Friday? Would a vet do it at 8am on a Saturday...? Would probably cost an arm and a leg.

Would appreciate any advice.


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Message posted by Opensauce18/6/2010 at 4:42pm
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If you are arriving at Dunkirk 10pm & want to park for night, just go right around first roundabout & head back into dock. Follow signs for ticket office & you end up in large car park. You can sleep there no probs, plenty do. When you get up you can use toilets etc, in main building.

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Quote: Originally posted by mummylonglegs on 18/6/2010

Hi - just booked our first 'with dog' expedition to France - via Dunkirk. We will be arriving after 10pm on the first night - would either of these campsites be open that late? Otherwise, we may just layby it in the camper.

Also - what is the score on vets in Dunkirk? We are ferrying back early Sunday at 8am - suppose we would have to get him de-fleaed etc on the Friday? Would a vet do it at 8am on a Saturday...? Would probably cost an arm and a leg.

Would appreciate any advice.


La Chaumeire would be a good one as the wife owner is a receptionist at the local vets and she books vet appointments when you book the pitch! We've used it several times now very quiet and peaceful, but might be too far for you to get the 8 am ferry!

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This vet in Calais was recommended by someone we met on site last week. They said his prices were reasonable

Alexandre Nowosad

217 Boulevard Lafayette

62100 Calais

 tel 0321366796


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Message posted by Tim and Cary20/6/2010 at 11:07pm
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Hi Travel Cat

Like you we travel to/from Dunkerque each summer. In 2008 we stayed at Camping La Perroquet at Bray Dunes. This site is literally on the border with Belgium and right on the coast. I would be happy to recommend this site and you can read our full review here.

http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/reviews.asp?revid=8173

In 2009 we were running a bit later and only arrived at Dunkerque after midnight the day before our 8.00am booked saililng. We spent a comfortable night in the N/L car park, along with many other assorted "units" and were able to get on the earlier 6.00 am ferry the next day, despite it being the August Bank Holiday weekend in the UK.

I hope this helps
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Sorry to resurrect, but this was the thread I found when searching for Dunkerque campsites, so others after presumably will find the same...

Gandspette currently charge 7 euro for reservations, which I think is extraordinary. Booking helps them manage their business (prior knowledge) - I think paying for it is a bit rich. Still, ya pays ya money...

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Camping Kindervreugde near Adinkerke, Belgium, about 20 miles from Dunkirk seems a decent possibility. Details and reviews on here and on ACSI website.


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Last year while staying at Gandspette prior to returning home we came across Camping Le Val Joly at Watten, just down the road from Gandspette and thought it very pleasant. Although it has a lot of permanent vans there is a tourer area by the entrance with flat grassy pitches, the facilities block was not as modern as Gandspette but clean and perfectly acceptable, and it was quiet and peaceful with a very friendly and helpful manager/owner. It is next to a park/sports ground, only a few minutes walk to shops and restaurants in the town and about the same distance as Gandspette from the Intermarche supermarket. We decided we will be giving this site a try next time we use the Dunkerque crossing as it looks fine for a night or two.

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Quote: Originally posted by bofs on 01/8/2015
Last year while staying at Gandspette prior to returning home we came across Camping Le Val Joly at Watten, just down the road from Gandspette and thought it very pleasant. Although it has a lot of permanent vans there is a tourer area by the entrance with flat grassy pitches, the facilities block was not as modern as Gandspette but clean and perfectly acceptable, and it was quiet and peaceful with a very friendly and helpful manager/owner. It is next to a park/sports ground, only a few minutes walk to shops and restaurants in the town and about the same distance as Gandspette from the Intermarche supermarket. We decided we will be giving this site a try next time we use the Dunkerque crossing as it looks fine for a night or two.



Hi Bofs

Is this the campsite near the canal? We too saw that site when staying at Ch Gandspette in 2010 and thought we might give that site a try when we're travelling that way again.

I posted online to see if anyone knew the site and this helpful review from "Plotter".

http://www.practicalcaravan.com/forum/overseas-parks-touring/42382-camping-le-val-joly-watten

I wished we HAD stayed at the Watten site as we were NOT happy with La Chaumiere in 2011 but that's another story.

The 2014 CC "Caravan Europe" has a favourable review from 2013 when the nightly price is given as E10.65. (Chateau G is listed as E38 in the same book. The CC review says that the "gates are locked from 22.00-07.00 but that there is off road parking" so I'm guessing that means that one can park-up outside the gates if an early start for the ferry is required.

We've not been that way since but will definitely give it a go next time as it seems to have most of the advantages of Chateau G at a lower cost. We like Watten - it is a pretty little village.

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Hi All, Echo everything ValA and David say about Chateau du Gandspette,we have used it for many years and will be using it this year again on our way home. It is essential to book though, as every time we have arrived there, there is always a queue of outfits waiting to book in

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Hi Tim,
Yes, that's the one though I think there is a fence or wall or something between you and the canal - you certainly can't see it from the touring pitches anyway.
We were out on our bikes, had followed the canal and ended up in Watten. We had a drink in one of the cafes and then spotted the camping sign so went for a nosey! The manager/owner came out to speak to us and said we were welcome to look around, gave us a card with the site details on and couldn't have been more helpful. We usually avoid sites with lots of permanently sited vans but the "residents" we saw as we wandered round were all friendly, and it just had a nice feel to it. Maybe only about 20 touring pitches at a guess and I'm not sure whether they all had electric but they were flat and well tended (unlike some at Gandspette we've been on!).

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We are tent campers. We prefer to use small individual sites rather than chains and we're big fans of municipal campsites in France. For the last couple of years we've used the Muni in Cambrai when heading to/from the tunnel. Last year we thought it was maybe becoming a victim of its own popularity though. This year we're DFDS-ing it to Dunkirk rather than taking the tunnel, and we're booked at the muni in Arques (Camping le Beausejour). I'll let you know what it's like when we get back

We did think, as tent campers, we might be happier/safer a little way from the ports on a site that isn't an absolute magnet.

L

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Steer well clear of Dunkirk, there are some pretty grim sites.

On recommendation we go to Gandspette nr Eperlecque. Its 35mins on the D300 from Dunkirk. If you call them ahead and establish what time they close the gates you'll be fine. From our experience they are accommodating, as most of their business is one night stops from and to the ports.

The facilities are immaculate, there is a restaurant and a bar with a terrace which is lovely on a sunny morning.
Enjoy your trip.

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