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G&Ts

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Hi,

We've got some time off work over Christmas and New Year and are hoping to get away in the campervan, perhaps leaving home on Boxing Day. We're thinking about getting the ferry to St Malo and heading east along to Le Havre/Dieppe or Calais, taking in Mont St Michel, D-day beaches, Etretat etc. for a week or so.

Has anyone done this route at this time of year and have a sense of how quiet / busy it's likely to be (as school holidays)? After a manic year at work we're looking for some peace and quiet and don't mind wrapping up for bracing seaside walks. It would though be nice to have the odd meal out so we're wondering if restaurants and cafes are likely to be open.

We're also open to any suggestions. We've considered Cornwall though seems it's particularly busy around new year and some campsites are fully booked already. We'd be looking to stay in a mix of aires (if France) / Britstops (if UK) and the odd campsite for showers.

Thanks!
 
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Have done this in the summer and to be honest it was very very busy (half term) so I think this may be a great time of year to go.aires will be open and in all the towns so no probs with eating out I would not think
Sounds Awsome
It would be there or Scotland for me !!
How ever you decide you will make some good memories:)
 
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Lot of camping will be closed. The aires are always open but there are not always toilets.
 
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Hi,

We've got some time off work over Christmas and New Year and are hoping to get away in the campervan, perhaps leaving home on Boxing Day. We're thinking about getting the ferry to St Malo and heading east along to Le Havre/Dieppe or Calais, taking in Mont St Michel, D-day beaches, Etretat etc. for a week or so.

Has anyone done this route at this time of year and have a sense of how quiet / busy it's likely to be (as school holidays)? After a manic year at work we're looking for some peace and quiet and don't mind wrapping up for bracing seaside walks. It would though be nice to have the odd meal out so we're wondering if restaurants and cafes are likely to be open.

We're also open to any suggestions. We've considered Cornwall though seems it's particularly busy around new year and some campsites are fully booked already. We'd be looking to stay in a mix of aires (if France) / Britstops (if UK) and the odd campsite for showers.

Thanks!
I have done this same route in the October half term and it was a great tour. Very quiet so you should not have any problem finding spaces on sites. We stayed overnight at the Mont St.michel car park (small charge) which allowed us to visit the mount straight after breakfast. Visiting Bayeux on route is a must.
Normandy beaches visit goes without saying...
 
G&Ts

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Thanks for the feedback, all reassuring :)

We did the Scottish highlands (far north west) a good few years ago and had the most amazing time. We'll be heading back to Scotland in April next year, though not in the camper as we'll be with family for a river cruise.

Lack of open toilets in France shouldn''t be a problem for us as we have a portaloo. I had a quick look into campsites and though a lot were closed, there seemed to be a few open so hopefully there will be enough to keep us going, though I need to look into this a bit more.

Thanks for the tip about Mont St. Michel car park, we'll definitely check that out as sounds really handy for an overnight stop. Bayeux is on the list too!
 
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And don’t forget St Malo itself. Lovely walled city area great shops/restaurants/bars and a lovely ice rink, light show on city walls. We camped in the car park next to ferry terminal looking out over the water for a night between Christmas and New Year but have also used an aire about a mile away but it was full of great whites to the point you could hardly open the doors!
 
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Have you done a search on the forum on existing threads about that region ?
Here's a bit info on our trip in that aera in November 2015
 
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As mentioned above 99% of campsites will be closed and a lot of the Aires do not have toilets . So porta potti is essential. When we did this in winter we stopped at the odd hotel for showers. It really depends how long you can go go without having a proper wash/shower?
 

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