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Motorhoming in France | Finding 5* Creuse Appeal…

Altogether a different proposition to the better known Loire & Dordogne valleys, the Creuse still holds more than its share of amazing vistas and opportunities for family fun… Plus it’s brilliantly easy to find easy to find, cheap aires beside the riverbanks for overnight bliss…

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Situated very much like Chesterfield is in the UK, its position just to the left of the centre of France. It is often overlooked by tourists heading for the chateaus of the Loire or the better weather and sumptuous local food of the Dordogne.
But the Creuse has one thing that made our day… a stunning series of river landscapes with almost no-one there… just perfect after a summer spent in the crowds across France this summer.. A considerably smaller river than the Loire/Dordogne, it is still some 150 miles in length… across some of the prettiest and least-known countryside in France… its heritage is steeped in artistic pursuits… from sculptors, artists through to writers…
Its quaint French villages that lined the journey from Le Blanc to Descartes were some of the prettiest we’ve seen across France… with several abbeys, roman remains to add to the  rolling agricultural countryside that adorns the route…Sunflowers and haybales galore!!! Plenty of motorhome aires line the route and we stayed for free at some pretty moulins’ (mills) and even some riverside beaches that included Lesigny sure Creuse… the source of one of our favourite family afternoons of the entire year so far…
A​ brilliantly constructed series of rapids added to the wonderful swimming beach that formed part of the ‘aire de loisirs’ (family park).. not only was it manned by a lifeguard, it also offered the perfect opportunity to grab the snorkelling kit and our inflatables…Once the girls were throughly tired of running the 100m worth of rapids on ‘Cali the Crocodile’ and ‘Delphinium the Dolphin’… we grabbed the snorkels and spent over 2hrs swimming amongst the plentiful supply of fish that ranged from 1cm to well over 50cm…
Sadly, we need to move north.. so with heavy hearts we packed the van gain and departed for Chenonnceau…. and a chance to visit the world famous chateau…But not before we stopped at Sainte Catherine-de-Fierbois… the destination for our very first adventure in France some 15yrs ago…. both girls loved visiting a place that they may never have known, but again provided an opportunity to join some dots when discussing our life pre kids…. A fantastic day!!!

river creuse

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Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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