PK 10.5    Road bridge (avenue de Latécoère) PK 158.8    Aqueduct (Répudre) See more ideas about canals, europe, canal. These dominate the more pastoral landscape after the canal leaves the Mediterranean climate west of Carcassonne. Expect to pay from about €700 in the low season for a 4-person canal boat, to over €4,000 for larger canal boats in Languedoc's high season. The port is spacious and modern, but in our experience the water and electricity points have never worked. How convenient and just €1,00 per person. By 7 am, realising it was impossible to sleep with him thrashing about the boat, I went up on deck to watch the sun rise over the Canal du Midi – beautiful! Boats are allowed to moor almost anywhere alongside canal towpaths. The starting point is Argens-Minervois, a historic wine-growing village. A bike ride away is the much larger village of Olonzac (banks, etc.). At Fonserannes the six- (formerly eight-) lock staircase lifts boats to the ‘long pound’ (grand bief) which follows the 31.50m contour for no less than 54km to Argens-Minervois. Big sandy beaches of la Redoute very close by. PK 8.1    Aqueduct (Herbettes, Toulouse ring road A620) With 19 double staircases, four triple, one quadruple and one sextuple, the number of separate chambers to be negotiated was in fact 99 (24 from Toulouse to the summit and 75 down to the Mediterranean). A bit soulless looking from the canal side but as we walked up into the village centre, it improved a bit, but still not one of the prettiest towns we had visited along the Canal du Midi. This section of canal offers spectacular views of the Pyrenees across the sunny, clear plain. PK 234.1    Bridge (Saint-Bauzille) About four kilometres and as yet, it wasn’t too hot. The village is 1500m from here, based on a fortified medieval circular plan. Mooring La Peyruque is a major waterways place on the Canal du Midi between Castelnaudary (Le Grand Bassin) (6.83 kilometres and 13 locks to the west) and Pont de Villesèquelande (19.37 kilometres and 6 locks to the east) north bank – further good, quiet, bankside moorings at PK37, 35.5 and 33. Start your search for a vacant mooring simply by entering a place name in the search box. A busy place. Or maybe my Jonathan was trying to tell me something! PK 109.3    Bridge (Conques) PK 77.4    Lock (Villepinte). PK 212.5    Lock (Ariège) I am hoping that we will get to do some version of this is the next few years. The photo shows the écluse ‘Notre Dame’ (below Fonserannes), unused since then, slowly sinking into picturesque decay. Public quayside mooring to the left, possible bankside on the right before the long series of hire boats starts. 4-chamber staircase, closes 20 minutes earlier. —    Port du Canal, 11000 Carcassonne (PK 76-151) It’s definitely a good idea to make reservations in advance! I am sure this will go down in history as the most unseasonal weather for early summer. Price Guide £445,000; For Sale Grand Union Canal Wimsey Wharf, Kingswinford. 21 Properties Project. WiFi. Hausboot fahren in Frankreich (de) Private from Albi. We tried all the obvious spots such as the place du marché but alas, could not find. Going into the first (lowest) chamber the configuration means that the crew won’t be able to walk in, bow line already in hand. PK 207.0    New cut r/b to water slope (disused) We bought this one that was mostly a map that listed facilities. US$514.85 per adult. The important La Nouvelle branch, often called La Robine, leads from the main line at Sallèles (PK168) via Narbonne to the commercial port of Port-la-Nouvelle, a distance of 37km. PK 210.0    Lift bridge on industrial railway siding, disused (remains open) How would we explain that one to France Afloat!! Dry dock. We stopped for a late light lunch of quiche and salad at La Terrasse du Port. PK 80.8    Bram bridge, basin and quays d/s r/b, Castel Nautique hire base, 40 berths, diesel (on request), water €5, electricity €5, shower, crane, slipway, repairs, restaurant. Most ‘nature moorings’ (posts for tying u… The aqueduct takes the canal over the River Orb. From here, we walked to the medieval city of Carcassone. £625,000; For Sale Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Tow Path Cottage, Northwich. PK 172.6    Argeliers bridge (Pont Vieux), quay u/s l/b, village 700m l/b, Good, popular, bankside moorings with a pleasant small village nearby, PK 171.4    Bridge (Pont de la Province) Come to Amsterdam to see some of the superb barges for sale. PK 196.3    Bridge (Régimont) We planned to travel from Capestang to Castelnaudary with a little side-trip to Béziers. I would love to see Carcassone. But the scenery along the way is stunning. PK 152.3    Lock (Argens), beginning of long pound Headroom – The bridges leave a minimum clear headroom of 3.25m in the centre line of the arch and 3.00m at the sides. You could also moor where you want to along the canal thanks to the ropes and spikes on-board your boat. Canal du Midi - Negra to Argens We did this trip in the second week of May 2018. Up to 20% discounts for private charter or book by cabin luxury cruises, Save 5% to 50% per week on boats and destinations throughout France, Up to 20% off high-quality fleet cruises on the major rivers of France. The Canal du Rhône à Sète (lit. When first built, the Canal du Midi by-passed Carcassonne (the cost of going though the town was more than the town, impoverished by plague, could bear) and this is where that old canal emerged. Descente dans l’Hérault – The descente dans l’Hérault maritime leads from the round lock at Agde (PK 231) to the port of Agde on the Hérault. After a lovely lunch in a street-side cafe, catching up on gossip, we headed off together to Campestang to pick up our boat! PK 84.7    Bridge (Diable) PK 69.7    Lock (Saint-Sernin), bridge PK 22.7    Bridge (Donneville) Authority – VNF – Subdivision de la Haute-Garonne: These boats are larger than most and designed for slow and comfortable cruising. pk 117 on the north side is a pretty feeder canal. Similar to the lock at Ayguesvives, but not as tricky or deep. Beryl and I walked the first few kilometres to the first lock. At 9 am, everyone was up and waiting for the green light to enter the lock. PK 35.0    Bridge (Vieillevigne) The bridge has the reputation of being the lowest on the canal; it isn’t, but it is the most awkward because of its shape (the two bridges at Saint-Jean and Carcassonne locks, PK 108 and PK 105, are the lowest). There were once 8 écluses, plus ‘Notre Dame’, to get up from the river; now there are just 7 in operation (= 6 rises or falls) to get up from the aqueduct level. It was a hot night. The locks are invariably shared with other boats, of differing sizes and crew abilities, often quite tightly packed in. PK 139.5    La Redorte bridge (Pont Vieux), quay d/s l/b for 15 boats, water, electricity, restaurant, village 500m l/b. That evening, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at La Guingette, a sister restaurant to the Auberge du Somail where we had enjoyed dinner in Le Somail. Quite enough. Again, there are vertical poles to moor to. PK 71.7    Lock (Peyruque), bridge A large maintenance and repair yard, including a peniche-size dry dock. Instead, we returned to the boat and snacked on cheese, fruit, pate and fresh French Bread until the lock reopened. Five euros later, we had buckets full of tomatoes, figs and green beans. The canal is made up of two previously constructed canals, the Canal des Étangs and Canal de Beaucaire. Canal du Midi Mooring fees. In between the two there is an écluse – the bridge headroom here (and at the écluse downstream ‘Saint-Jean’) is at the 3.30m canal minimum. Quayside outside an old canal building. We had survived our first day, and we haven’t even been anywhere yet!! Hire boat base, lots of bank-side moorings, shops and restaurants. Arguably the finest canal in Europe, the Canal du Midi is a goal for all serious foreign going cruisers, it is magnificent and I have the barges and boats to take you there in comfort. We had seen novice boat drivers shouting at their crew as they passed through the locks in Beziers, nobody really knowing what they were supposed to be doing – was it really going to be that hard? PK 64.5    Bridge (Pont Neuf) The boat had lots of cabin space, but I could see I’d be banging my head on the ceiling a lot over the next two weeks, oh to be a few inches shorter. Private Day tour :Lastours, Wine tasting,Minerve,Canal du Midi From Carcassonne. A good lunch, a little bit expensive, no special lunchtime offers on weekends. Capestang to Castelnaudray – Approx 28 Hours Navigation, 124kilometres, 50 locks. PK 0.4    Bridge It overlooks the Étang de Montady, once a swamp but drained in 1247, with spectacular radial fields and ditches. We picked up some pain au chocolate in the local boulangerie and fruit from the morning market. A fabulous 3-course lunch at €13.50 incl wine at La Grillade duChateau. Property summary. In 1999, the Canal du Midi was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. We were the 7th boat in line, the lock only takes three boats at a time and roughly 25 minutes to get all the way through. Welcome to Waterside Mooring – the new name for the long term, permanent moorings managed by the Canal & River Trust across England and Wales.. We offer a variety of mooring opportunities across 2000 miles of inland waterways including canals, rivers and docks. PK 238.5    Bridge (Les Onglous) PK 231.3    Agde bridge, Canalous Plaisance hire base, basin, quay u/s r/b for 15 boats, water, town centre 800m r/b. (It appears, the Escargot Bleu didn’t like to travel at 8km/h, preferring a more sedate 6km/h) Anyway, we finally made it back to Campestang, only hitting a couple of boats, trees and a bridge on the way!!! Many people take just a week to go this distance, but we like to travel slow. 8 deg at times. We tried to fish it out, but an impatient boat driver drove over the hat, forcing it down into the murky waters never to be seen again! Fell into the cabin after rain, I was bruised but the butter dish and jam jar I was holding remained intact! However, in the late 1970s the canal was modernised (like the Canal de Garonne in the early 1970s) to bring it up to the standard of the main canal network in France, navigable by the 38.50m long péniche, loading 250 tonnes. YOUR STAY. PK 50.2    Bridge (A61, Autoroute des Deux Mers) The controlling lock-keepers do this stuff all day every day, so they know what they are doing; but they tend to want to take things at a gallop. Tax collector Pierre Paul Riquet saw the value of the canal crossing the watershed, connecting Toulouse to the Mediterranean. Going up (the trickiest) ‘à deux’, the basic technique is to have crew on the lock-side with the bow line. PK 70.6    Lock (Guerre), bridge, Saint-Martin-Lalande 1000m l/b A fairly thin stream running between gravel banks, you will surely be taken aback by the plaques on the south side of the bridge recording winter flood heights – 10 m above the summer low water level. Visited Capestang having been picked up by car by Mark & Kate Warren. Don’t arrive at locks between 12-1, it’s lunchtime. We pulled into Carcassone at around 3:30 pm. We set off fairly early in case we couldn’t get through all the locks on time as we had to leave the boat by 9 am tomorrow or be charged for every hour we are late! Hotel barges are elegant and supremely comfortable, converted from traditional vessels or created as cruising boutique hotels from new. 2016 marks the 350th anniversary of the royal decree authorising Riquet to build the canal, and the 20th anniversary of the world heritage listing. You could also moor where you want to along the canal thanks to the ropes and spikes on-board your boat. PK 95.9    Bridge (Rocles), Pezens 1500m l/b Canal du Midi este un canal francez, care face legătura între Garonne și Marea Mediterană.Numit la început „Canalul regal din Languedoc”, revoluționarii l-au redenumit în „Canal du Midi” în 1789.Acesta este considerat de contemporanii săi ca fiind cel mai mare proiect de construcție din secolul al XVII-lea. The Etang hosts Europe’s largest mussel and oyster farm. After sorting out the formalities with the friendly helpful staff, we were shown to what would be our home for the next two weeks, the Escargot Bleu. PK 165.9    Le Somail bridge (Pont Vieux), Nicols hire base, quays d/s for 20 boats, water, village l/b. It’s forbidden to tie to a tree, so ground stakes must be used (you need to carry your own), but the reward is a huge amount of flexibility in terms of where to stop for the night. At PK40, on the south bank, a good, quiet, bankside mooring. The real depth of the Midi is the subject of seemingly constant debate because it varies according to season, nature and location. On our way to the locks, we passed through a two-kilometre stretch of a very narrow channel, but today the two Captain Jonathans manoeuvred their way through this section very smoothly, well except for one small stretch where somehow a branch ended up inside the bathroom! History – France’s most famous canal was born, like many great projects, from a meeting of men with uniquely converging motivations and capabilities. PK 28.0    New road bridge (D813) There are two situations where this doesn’t work. Close by, a stunning, very large antiquarian bookshop and an equally extraordinary hat museum. I’d love to do a trip like this, all the towns look so pretty and it must be perfect to explore the area floating down the canal. Down by the lock weir is a wooden alligator. PK 58.7    Triple staircase lock (Laurens), bridge The port de plaisance is very popular – phoning ahead is advised. Jon still wants too, but that’s a story for another day. Airport nearby. PK 162.7    Bridge (Saint-Nazaire) There are loads of restaurants in the medieval part so you won’t starve but this one looked good, had excellent reviews and was tucked away from the busy square. PK 6.0    Railway bridge PK 151.3    Port de plaisance (Port Occitanie) through bridge l/b, Locaboat hire base, night €13.50, diesel (on request), water, electricity, shower, crane 10t, picnic area Spacious 5 bedroom villa in a stunning position on the banks of the Canal du Midi: 540,000€ While there are segments of the route that are memorable, the inconsistencies in the surface and width of the towpath make cycling the entire route much better suited to experienced mountain bikers than recreational cyclists. We are cruising the midi in october! Canal du Midi - Negra to Argens We did this trip in the second week of May 2018. PK 231.9    Canal leaves Hérault as we cruised clumsily and lazily along the canal. This looks idyllic! Returning to the Athos … This morning, we decided to have breakfast at a patisserie in the heart of Bastide Saint-Louis, and a wander around the fresh food market that takes places three times a week. Quayside moorings by the small village. Science areas. 22 Properties Lockside. Today in August, there were quite a few more people but not overrun like many tourist spots. The port has recently (late 2011) been taken over by the municipality of Ramonville and there are plans to rehabilitate and enhance facilities. Always keep a supply of cheese and pate in the fridge to enjoy while waiting for the locks to open. But luckily we had visited the supermarket that morning, you can never have too much wine, cheese and pate! It is best to be at the back, but beware of the gates closing on the stern. It was quite a pretty town to explore but very quiet. Vauban made a number of improvements in the 1690s, but was understandably impressed by the boldness of the project completed by Riquet and his engineers. The EuroClassic barges are unique to France Afloat and attracted lots of attention (in a good way!) We like Homps. The last time we were in this part of the world was in March a year ago, and there were hardly any tourists at all. PK 99.9    Lock (Ladouce) PK 5.1    Bridge (Saint-Sauveur or Montaudran), PK 5.0    Basin (Port Saint-Étienne) What’s happened to the weather? Although many have been cut down to limit the spread of the deadly canker stain, a minute blue fungus, the characteristic landscape remains in many sections, and the newly-planted trees will gradually recreate the majestic presence of their predecessors. Aérospatial space research centre. For those that like swimming, there’s a swimming lake close by. Here starts the ‘heavy engineering’ of this truly unique canal, where nature forms a constantly delightful backdrop to all manner of staircase locks, aqueducts, siphons, spillways, feeders and one tunnel. PK 98.2    Double staircase lock (Lalande) lots of free mooring to costing 23 euros a night at Marseillan port for our boat (17 metre). The Canal Latéral de la Garonne even runs all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean. Everyone should stop here; to enjoy and to pay their respects to the great man! PK 93.4    Lock (Villesèque) That evening, we enjoyed a seafood dinner at La Table de Riquet, overlooking the Canal du Midi. PK 188.3    Capestang bridge, quay and moorings d/s l/b, France Fluviale hire base, 30 berths, night €16, diesel, water, electricity, showers, pump-out, restaurant. This was Castelnaudary, our final stop, we had made it! After asking a few people for directions in our terrible French, we finally found the right place. There are usually lots of spectators enjoying what they see as fun, tending to crowd forward and get in the way of one trying to get lines round bollards, or ‘helping’. ... Canal du Midi . PK 104.6    Footbridge Plus Trebes is quite a charming town, the Main Street is rather busy with traffic, but once you cross into the old town it’s lovely and peaceful. ‘Bonjour madams, monsieurs!’ There at the door stood an elderly man with a basket full of fruit and vegetables. They are for sale! PK 65.6    Quadruple staircase lock (Saint-Roch), water The path was historically built for the mules that towed freight barges down the canal. PK 10.6    Canal basin r/b (port technique). PK 122.2    Bridge (Millegrand) Information about the 240km long Canal du Midi. We must be getting experts at the locks now as we passed through each one today without too much hassle. Expensive water point. The large-scale development of irrigation from the 1970s, combined with maintenance problems and the resulting wastage of precious water, and a series of exceptionally dry years, stretched this system beyond its limits, but additional resources have been made available (a new reservoir at Montbel supplying the Ganguise reservoir by gravity), so that all the canal’s functions are in principle guaranteed even in the driest summers. PK 107.9    Bridge (D118) Price Guide £445,000; For Sale Grand Union Canal Wimsey Wharf, Kingswinford. It’s a staircase lock and fascinating to watch as the boats are lowered. PK 56.6    Lock (Méditerranée), bridge, beginning of summit level Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Minimum lock dimensions were 30.00 by 5.50m. In general, properties whether on the banks of the Canal or in canalside villages will always be popular, and thus can be seen as good investments, with good re-sale values. Éclusier. St. Gilles, Camargue . Speak to Mathieu, Stephanie or Françoise (04 68 25 10 48). Although we had walked from the canal to the medieval heart which takes about 30 minutes or so and it’s a lovely walk, we jumped on a bus back to the boat. Maybe because it was a Saturday, but the town seemed rather soulless. We definitely need to plan to do this one day! Determined to walk, we fought our way through the long reeds along the canal bank, but if there had been a path, it was long gone. Some of them go at breakneck speed. Instead, we climbed upwards, passing a cute looking coffee shop Le Petit Jardin, before discovering a lovely hilltop trek through vineyards and farmland with incredible views over the countryside until we finally reached Roubia and met up with the boys for coffee at a local bar. It pays to be somewhat on guard when sharing a lock with hire boats. To moor at a spot with electricity and water was 20 euros for the night. 5 Properties Farm. Secondly, half-way up there is a footbridge that means crew also cannot lead the boat here. PK 147.1    Double staircase lock (Ognon), aqueduct d/s Most moorings are bank-side but there is a public quayside with water (south bank just below the écluse – ‘jeton’ tokens from the tourist office adjacent) and also other moorings by the restaurant, north bank by the écluse. By the bridge, a romanesque arch and colonnade fronts a vineyard estate. PK 87.9    Aqueduct (Espitalet) We wandered the backstreets, climbed the castle walls, browsed in the trinket stores, then stopped for a wonderful three-course lunch at Le Plô. Following the disappearance of commercial traffic in 1987, it was never needed, and was technically unsatisfactory. Strolling over the picturesque stone bridge, we found a place to settle for the evening at the charming Auberge du Somail. PK 1.1    Lock (Béarnais), bridge * Co-founder and main inspiration for the Inland Waterways Association in the UK; the centenary of his birth was celebrated in 2010. Above, the Oppidum d’Enserune is an ancient hill settlement, occupied for 500 years up to 100ad – magical, but a very stiff walk up from the canal. PK 33.3    Lock (Négra), bridge, Montesquieu-Lauragais 1000m l/b We didn’t so we couldn’t, but instead enjoyed a lovely meal in a busy restaurant near the church, but alas, I cannot remember the name – some travel blogger I am! The first and most consistent problem with the Canal du Midi is that it seems to be a repository for aging and abandoned barges and houseboats. There is a short stretch of quayside downstream (south) of the road bridge. PK 28.1    Deep lock (Ayguesvives), footbridge. On the way back to our barge, carrying our sweet smelling clean clothes and of course, more cheese, we discovered a great secondhand bookshop with a good selection of English books run by a French lady who had lived in New York for 12 years. PK 112.6    Lock (Evêque), bridge A very historic town, dating back beyond Roman times to the Neolithic. The left-hand bridge is on the connecting Canal de Garonne (see South West France). We had three sets of locks to pass through today, two doubles and our first triple! Canal du Midi: Amazing - See 1,053 traveler reviews, 1,225 candid photos, and great deals for Occitanie, France, at Tripadvisor. I never knew there were 50 locks! The village itself has nice buildings including the Knights Tower – in the Middle Ages Homps was one of the most important sites of the Templar Order of Jerusalem. The lady on the bike pedals if you approach. A good place to moor for a day or two, nice village, excellent wine co-operative. If we carry on eating the way we are, the pounds will pile on but oh, the French food!Image. Our Waterside Mooring website has an easy search facility to help you find your nearest long-term mooring site managed by our Waterside Moorings team. The short canal spur off to the left provided access to the River Orb via a lock. The second set of double locks, the Aguille lock was far more interesting. PK 50.0    Port Lauragais marina adjacent to motorway services and Pierre Paul Riquet visitor centre, 32 berths, night €12.50, water, electricity, slipway, restaurant. We somehow ended up with enough blackberries on deck to make a crumble, where they came from, we don’t know! PK 200.5    Colombiers bridge, marina and Canalous Plaisance hire base, d/s r/b, 30 berths, night €20, diesel, water €2, electricity, showers €2, slipway. It was tight, we held our breath as we went under, ducking our heads – yes, we made it! PK 228.2    New road bridge (D612, Agde bypass) PK 4.4    Bridge (Colombette) PK 226.3    Bridge (D137) However, we arrived at the first lock at 12:01, note that nearly all locks close for lunch between 12 pm till 1 pm. Capestang is a good village, with facilities including supermarkets. PK 204.4    Bridge (Gourgasse) PK 9.1    Bridge (pont Giordano Bruno, university campus). PK 212.7    Motorway bridge (A9) Just as we arrived into Carcassone, we saw the sign, this spot is reserved for Escargot Bleu! Apparently, there was supposed to be a market in Trebes on Wednesday mornings but could we find it? Lift the moorings from the base of Port Lauragais to sail west towards Toulouse, the famous . Well worth it, especially in this heat! Yes, if you keep to the mooring rules. Conditions often meant this was not possible. Lovely dinner in town, but if you want to eat at Campestang’s number one restaurant La Galiniere, you really need to make a reservation in advance especially in the high season. Looking for more real estate to buy? PK 180.6    Bridge (Malviès) The first lock opened promptly at 1 pm, we passed through with ease. PK 64.1    Footbridge It was much cooler this morning, somewhat cold in fact. Check it out! Fuel. and the tiny country of Andorra (smelt strongly of duty-free perfume and cigarettes but hey, it’s got incredible Pyrenees scenery), we met up with our friends Beryl and Jonathan in the charming French town of Béziers. Bank-side and quay moorings (being extended – shallow area half-way along), hire boat base and café/restaurant L’Île aux Oiseaux (ownership changed 2012 after this photo was taken). 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