This, fully revised, edition of the guide has the same familiar layout as the other aires guides from Vicarious Media and includes a useful introduction to the principles of the Aires network and information on the different types of service points to be found. All aires were inspected in the later half of 2015.
The guide is divided into three main sections, Belgium (127 aires), Luxembourg (12 aires) and Netherlands (190 aires). all have good introductions with plenty of useful information. The sections have the Aires listed 2 to a page with 3 colour photos to give a useful idea of the environs.
LPG filling stations for all three countries are listed in a separate section at the back of the book, all have the location, GPS coordinates and a colour photo.
Each description of an inspected aire is accompanied by three colour photos and two sets of symbols, one indicating the service facilities available, the other indicating other features such as overnight parking, hard surface, level surface, etc. Usefully, there is a symbol to indicate if access is difficult for large (over 7.5m) motorhomes. Clear directions are given, plus a short description which usually includes information about the locality and other services nearby. Charges, opening dates, GPS co-ordinates and postcodes (where appropriate) are also shown.
Inside the front and back covers are clear maps on which all the listed Aires are indicated and numbered. This edition of All the Aires Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands also includes a large separate route planning map to be used in conjunction with this edition only. There are great advantages in having this because you can see all three countries on each side and main routes and toll roads are clearly highlighted. One side locates all the Aires and the other side locates all the LPG stations, thus making route planning between Aires and LPG stations easy.
This is the most comprehensive and up to date guide to the aires in Belgium, Luxembourg and Holland available in any language and must surely be an essential purchase for anyone heading to the area with their motorhome. Even for those who mainly use campsites it would be a useful addition to the motorhome library, you never know when you might need to make an unplanned stop.
2016 review by Andy Clarke
All the Aires - Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands
Paperback - 224 pages - A5 format
£14.50 including UK postage.
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