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by aflook
4 Mar 2020, 6:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

Morzedec wrote:Second favourite spot in western-ish France, after our house is - our garden!

Happy days.

Looks amazing. More of an estate than a garden, whereas mine is more of a flowerbed with a shed. Fortunately I don't feel the need to swing cats about :)
by aflook
2 Mar 2020, 7:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

Ile de Ré off la Rochelle. We'd planned to start a tour from La Rochelle, but one lads bike was delayed by a day and we cycling around this. It was lovely. The bridge is, as I remember 2.2 miles long! Ooh I do like a nice bridge... Ile de Re does look lovely. I'll bear it in mind once I've worked o...
by aflook
2 Mar 2020, 6:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

Not a bad route overall. Avoid the town of Mimizan Plage. Awful town! Contis-Plage just a few kms down the road with spectacular beach is much nicer. Road from Cap Breton down to Hendaye is not very pleasant - way too much traffic and in some parts begins to feel like one giant suburb of Biaritz. H...
by aflook
20 Feb 2020, 10:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

... looks like there are some lanes through forests just below Gujan Mestras. Would that be it? yes, indeed, there's something like that either between Bordeaux and Lacanau Ocean on the atlantic coast, either along the coast from Bretagne to the border with Spain, it's the "Vélodyssée", u...
by aflook
18 Feb 2020, 9:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

Hello, although the Marais abounds with campsites (try the one at Maille) two that you ought definitely to avoid are those at Damvix and Arcais! These are the tourist camping 'hotspots', and even if you can find a place to pitch your tent between the 000s of campervans that will be there, these sit...
by aflook
17 Feb 2020, 2:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

I stayed in Mauze sur le Mignon. A very pleasant municipal site near the canal on the road towards Saint Hilaire. The Marais is very different and I found it quite mesmerising, little tiny roads with algae covered waterways for punts. There are also the larger waterways in the more touristy parts o...
by aflook
17 Feb 2020, 12:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

So if I want to visit the Marais Poitevin, would I do best to stop at Damvix, Coulon or Le Mazeau? Or somewhere else? Anyone know these places?
by aflook
17 Feb 2020, 11:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

My favourite place in Western France? My house, of course! Lucky you! :) Very visited, but I liked Arcachon near Bordeaux, which is nearyour route. Former convalescence resort, briefly home to Alexandre Dumas. Well worth camping at Camping Municipal de la Citadelle in Blaye, on the Garonne estuary ...
by aflook
16 Feb 2020, 3:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

Absolutely, Cyril Haearn, which is why I'm interested in the funny nooks and crannies not often visited. Dolgellau is a favourite place of mine, too!
by aflook
16 Feb 2020, 2:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

Thanks djb. Yes I enjoyed the Pyrenees last year and I'm looking forward to seeing a different part this time. Not planning on lingering there as in Santander I'm meeting a friend for 2 weeks' touring in the Picos de Europa, so plenty of mountains then! I, too enjoyed EV6, though I did find myself y...
by aflook
16 Feb 2020, 2:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

Like the sketch. I never have the discipline to draw/paint when I'm on holiday.
by aflook
16 Feb 2020, 1:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

A bit off your route but I just love Guerande, a lovely medieval walled town. Last time I was there there was a wonderful medieval fair in progress. A great place to paint pictures. Al Thanks. that's exactly the sort of thing I wanted to know. Guerande isn't that far off my route and there are plen...
by aflook
16 Feb 2020, 12:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Favourite spots in Western France

Hello, All. I'm planning a trip from Calais to Santander for this summer. I'm hoping to have 6-8 weeks and wondered what people's favourite roads/towns/campsites/ cafes etc. were. I'm planning about 80km+ a day until the Pyrenees, with camping gear on a traditional tourer (lots of low gears, 32c tyr...
by aflook
15 Feb 2020, 5:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mapping
Replies: 33
Views: 1431

Re: mapping

I've never found it easy to buy maps while touring in the UK, and more so on the continent: actual bookshops are a very rare breed, petrol stations with a shop big enough to stock maps are few and far between (especially if you're avoiding major roads), and small newsagents rarely have maps unless ...
by aflook
14 Feb 2020, 4:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mapping
Replies: 33
Views: 1431

Re: mapping

Everyone has their own preffered system, don't they? What has worked fro me is using Osmand on a (cheap) waterproof Samsung phone which I keep plugged into a charger run from a hub dynamo. If I start with a full charge, I'm seldom left with less than 80% at the end of the day, even after long hauls ...