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16/5/2024 at 1:50pm
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To be honest if I was doing that trip in July/August I would try to avoid driving at the weekends as the roads could be very busy. The French Government has a calendar of expected road conditions throughout the summer here


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16/5/2024 at 1:58pm
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Quote: Originally posted by chrisandsandra on 16/5/2024
To be honest if I was doing that trip in July/August I would try to avoid driving at the weekends as the roads could be very busy. The French Government has a calendar of expected road conditions throughout the summer here



Well we all would like you to be honest.

I have done the trip in July and August countless times.

I find the roads generally good, certainly better than the UK.
You literally can tow a caravan for three hours and cover 180 miles.

And then you get to Dover and it takes three hours to do 40 miles.

You say the roads 'could' be busy.

I really haven't had any issues on Autoroutes.








16/5/2024 at 4:41pm
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So have I and we have encountered holdups, some quite severe, at weekends in July and August, especially where the motorway forms a part of the ring road around big cities such as Lyon. Maybe we've just hit them at the wrong time but it has happened.    


via mobile 16/5/2024 at 6:49pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Rich73 on 16/5/2024
Quote: Originally posted by chrisandsandra on 16/5/2024
To be honest if I was doing that trip in July/August I would try to avoid driving at the weekends as the roads could be very busy. The French Government has a calendar of expected road conditions throughout the summer here



Well we all would like you to be honest.

I have done the trip in July and August countless times.

I find the roads generally good, certainly better than the UK.
You literally can tow a caravan for three hours and cover 180 miles.

And then you get to Dover and it takes three hours to do 40 miles.

You say the roads 'could' be busy.

I really haven't had any issues on Autoroutes.










In fairness, they did say at weekends and I concur, I never plan to move sites on a Saturday in July/ August as I have been caught up in it a couple of times, yes the French motorway network is better than the UK but it still can get absolutely rammed on a Saturday (Sundays are generally fine though)


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via mobile 17/5/2024 at 8:59am
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Before retirement we always had to go July/August but tried to avoid weekends for the journey. I agree with Mrs Bonce that the Millau/tarn area is good - river great for dogs. Look on here for search for sites around Millau. Almost all offer their own mobile homes and it will be much cheaper than Eurocamp. We have stayed at Les Rivages, Huttopia site plus further away near Florac at Chantemerle. Also the municipal site at Le Rozier - all lovely sites.

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via mobile 17/5/2024 at 9:20am
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Beavers in the river by Les Rivages, and we saw a snake on the bank. Try driving up the little twisty roads to the top of the gorges, great views.


18/5/2024 at 7:23am
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Update time: just visited Mze, and now at Huttopia Millau. Both were relatively empty, more than I remember for this time of year; though the deputy manager here says their peak season (July/August) is intense and they get booked up. Im still feeling very Marmite about Mze, the maintenance isnt top notch, though cleaning is good. Facilities much the same as I remember from last visit five years ago. The location is still what sells it, but for a price.


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via mobile 18/5/2024 at 10:51am
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Some great advice from our learned, and well traveled fellow campers. 👍

However, I simply would not go to the south of France in July or August, especially with a dog, for me it just isnt practical. VERY hot, VERY crowded and usually expensive.

Yes, it is absolutely stunningly beautiful, but if you could go in September it is worlds apart from the peak months, and as already said, it is easily done on a two week trip. But taking a dog in the fiercest of heat, as a dog owner, is just not fair on the animal imho. 👍


18/5/2024 at 1:10pm
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Quote: Originally posted by morepints on 18/5/2024
Update time: just visited Mze, and now at Huttopia Millau. Both were relatively empty, more than I remember for this time of year; though the deputy manager here says their peak season (July/August) is intense and they get booked up. Im still feeling very Marmite about Mze, the maintenance isnt top notch, though cleaning is good. Facilities much the same as I remember from last visit five years ago. The location is still what sells it, but for a price.



The town of Mze is our favourite along the south coast. Try staying at Loupian just up the road which is far cheaper and linked by wonderful cycle paths.



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