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A quick tour through unknown France

France is a vast and beautiful country but some parts of it are rather better known than others.

If you are going on holiday there at peak times, you may be interested in a touring route where you may be less likely to find other British caravanners.

Avranches to Ducey

If you land at one of the north western French ports, why not take a drive towards the town of Avranches.

This is very close to Mont St Michel and occupies a hilltop. It has a great ruined castle to explore, some nice old buildings, a pleasant public garden and something called The Scriptorial – an incredible museum housing ancient Normandy documents going back over 1000 years.

Head from there to the small village of Ducey – a nice place for lunch and you can also explore the small but charming Chateau.

Ducey to Mayenne

A relatively short drive will take you to the very pretty town of Mayenne.

This has a lovely chateau and museum on cliffs overlooking the river and you can hire a boat to explore stretches of the river through the town and into the countryside.

Mayenne to Laval

Laval is the departmental capital of La Mayenne. It is a very pleasant town which offers an old town to explore with winding streets and ancient buildings. It too has a Chateau overlooking the river, some nice eating places and if you need some retail therapy, some reasonably good and chic shopping.

Laval to Angers

Angers is a very impressive town on the side of another major river and has some truly lovely streets, buildings and a very impressive castle.

In the medieval period, this town was once arguably as important if not more so than Paris and this shows today in some of its layout.

Angers to Chinon

This can be a very pleasant drive through parts of the Loire Valley and the town of Chinon and surrounding villages are all very pleasant.

Don’t be to put off by the sight of the large nuclear power station not far from Chinon – you pass it fairly quickly though it may cause you to think about whether you have appropriate caravan insurance!