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Message posted by PeteWBailey on 26/10/2017 at 10:08am
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We are wondering about taking our caravan and dog to southern France (Tarn, Lot maybe). Anyone have some ideas of sites where a very keen swimmer of a dog can be let loose in the water with us near the site? We are reasonable swimmers so sensible rivers or lakes would be spot on.

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If you mean swimming rather than simply playing in the water you will want a slow flowing stretch of river, not a torrent with rapids. On the river Lot you might like Camping Floiras - going west from Cahors. A small site with about 25 pitches -the reviews give you an idea of what is like. Or do you want somewhere grander and more elaborate?




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Les Rivages at Milau has riverside pitches and rver swimming,there are several sites in Millau on the Tarn

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Camping Floiras Base Nautique link and Camping Les Rivages link.

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Our dog enjoyed swimming in the river at Camping Chantemerle near Florac. A great site right on the river.

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What kind of sites do you like? Are you looking for sites with a pool, restaurant and bar, or more simple sites with pitches, electricity and clean toilet and shower block?

That's an important consideration - because for a longer stay we prefer the former, but for an overnight are quite happy with the latter.

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Many thanks for all the replies. Some lovely looking places there.

We would prefer a peaceful site, with good loos/showers. We don't need pools/bars/restaurants/entertainment. We would particularly like somewhere with swimming for people plus dog. Are dogs allowed on the riverside beaches?

My wife is a keen cyclist and I assume all these areas are suitable for some serious road cycling.

We have an easy going 13 yr old son. We love long walks, I love cooking, we both love wine and relaxing in the sun. We love good views and don't mind a long hike up a hill. Very keen on seeing wildlife.

Simple outdoor stuff really I suppose. A few hours of walking or cycling, then a relaxing swim, sunbathe, meal outside. We appreciate a bit of history too so would be happy to visit castles and preserved old villages.

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Le Paradis at St Leon has a modest river (Vezere) running through it which is suitable for dogs - we've taken our lab there twice

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Hello Pete,

Welcome to the forum.

We were in the Ardeche at Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in September with our border collie at

www.campingdelardeche-vallonpontdarc.com/

The site is right by the river and is an ACSI site. Small site but really enjoyed our stay.

Just one word of caution. While we were their six dogs died just downstream due to a bloom of algae that flowed in the river. We were warned not to let our dog swim in the river, but others either didn't get the message or chose to ignore the warning.

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Dogs were allowed on the river beach at Chantemerle campsite and were swimming/dipping in the river. Ours swims like an otter so loved the water here. There is no entertainment here but a nice and fairly cheap restaurant. 2k to Florac. You would need to book for the school summer holidays. We also walked out to a couple of different swimming and beach areas on the river here where there was no one else at all. We found it good here for the dog.

We have stayed at Les Rivages in the past (before we had a dog) and I seem to remember dogs on that river beach. Rivers seem a better bet than seaside for dogs as I have yet to see a sign forbidding them to be there/swim. Perhaps lakes too - we went to Annecy in the same holiday and dog swam here too.



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Quote: Originally posted by PeteWBailey on 27/10/2017
Many thanks for all the replies. Some lovely looking places there.

We would prefer a peaceful site, with good loos/showers. We don't need pools/bars/restaurants/entertainment. We would particularly like somewhere with swimming for people plus dog. Are dogs allowed on the riverside beaches?

My wife is a keen cyclist and I assume all these areas are suitable for some serious road cycling.

We have an easy going 13 yr old son. We love long walks, I love cooking, we both love wine and relaxing in the sun. We love good views and don't mind a long hike up a hill. Very keen on seeing wildlife.

Simple outdoor stuff really I suppose. A few hours of walking or cycling, then a relaxing swim, sunbathe, meal outside. We appreciate a bit of history too so would be happy to visit castles and preserved old villages.



To me that sounds like the Gorges du Tarn area and there are a number of riverside sites there which would fit your bill. You'll see beaver in the river, vultures and other birds of prey overhead, bee-eaters and other insect eating birds, and lots of butterflies. If you'd like to be within reasonable distance of Millau (for the viaduct, the shopping, the day and night markets, the Roman pottery, and museums, plus the hang-gliders taking off and landing nearby) then you might like Camping le Belle Etoile at Aguessac. There are a few shops and restaurants within walking distance and some lovely walks directly from the campsite. We did a walk from Aguessac, which involve a short stretch f Unfortunately it's not reviewed on here, but several contributors to UKCS have visited more than once.

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Not the Tarn,but we stayed at Camping Les Trois Ours in Jura this summer,its a lovely small site on a river,with riverside pitches and a pool.
The river was not too deep with beaches all along used by the locals woth dogs!
There was also miles of gravel tracks for cycling and walking which were signposted to different villages. Locals did drive on them, mainly to get to the beaches or fishing spots,so I guess cars were not banned.
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We went to Les Rivages last year and were disappointed to see a No Dogs Allowed sign on the beach. However, we did take her on early in the morning and in the evening when it was quiet. (We had checked at reception that it was okay).

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Quote: Originally posted by woodman2 on 28/10/2017
Hello Pete,


Just one word of caution. While we were their six dogs died just downstream due to a bloom of algae that flowed in the river. We were warned not to let our dog swim in the river, but others either didn't get the message or chose to ignore the warning.



Any reports on that? I did read something about algae in the Loire last year (here). It's worrying.

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Here is a report about the conditions in the Ardeche in August//September 2017 Blue algae in the Ardeche causes dog deaths.

You may need to use Google translate to read it in English.

I must admit that the last time we swam in the Ardeche in 2015 we were asked to stay out of the water by the lifeguard, because of 'pollutants in the water caused by high levels of run off fertiiser'. It shows how vigilant we need to be about things like this.

However, just up river in the Chassezac, we were swimming in the river daily until the 9th September, with no untoward effects at all.

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There are always dogs swimming from the Dordogne river beach between Soliel Plage and La Bouysse - IMHO La Bouysse the best (and cheapest) of the two sites.

You can swim in the river from the beach - or like we do - walk up the bank to just past Soliel Plage, wade into the river and swim / float back to La Bouysse.

No shortage of castles / old villages / gardens in the area.


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