Very pretty village and bridge. The trains are quite frequent, but easily ignored. PK 168.3    La Robine basin l/b, bridge (Truilhas), 45 berths, night €16.85, diesel, water, slipway, wifi. We arrived just as they were mooring the boat, but just as we started heading into the small town, the boat slipped its moorings as the stake had been planted into reeds. 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. The starting point is Argens-Minervois, a historic wine-growing village. Hausboot fahren in Frankreich (de) I live on my boat 8 months of the year cruising the canal. PK 3.6    Deep lock (Bayard), bridge, Toulouse Matabiau station r/b. We planned to travel from Capestang to Castelnaudary with a little side-trip to Béziers. PK 116.2    Bridge (Rode) Cité Carcassonne, Lastours castles belvedère,Canal du midi. PK 33.1    Locaboat hire base l/b, water,  electricity, shower PK 98.2    Double staircase lock (Lalande) PK 3.0    Footbridge (Raisin) Waterweb Fluvial (en) (fr) (de) www.pnich.com (fr) Barging on Le Canal du Midi (en) - May 1999. See more ideas about canals, europe, canal. Very popular with the locals and French tourists but alas our French wasn’t as good as we thought’ and we could only follow a little of the story. PK 2.1    Bridge (Minimes) After a lovely lunch in a street-side cafe, catching up on gossip, we headed off together to Campestang to pick up our boat! It would have been rather embarrassing to watch your boat float off without you or return from lunch to discover the boat had disappeared! Through the right-hand bridge is the short Canal de Brienne which takes water from the Garonne behind the Bazacle weir. 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. Day 3 From Narbonne continue on the Canal de la Robine to the Nature Reserve at the Isle of Sainte-Lucie. Jonathan M disappeared twice into the reed bed, I didn’t laugh, I looked concerned honestly I did! Then it was time to sail on another kilometre to our first lock, with 50 locks to do until our final destination, we were a little nervous. The port can also be very noisy. PK 0.2     Railway bridge PK 15.3    Bridge (route de Labège) Seeing as Carcassone is one of the main highlights along the canal, we decided to moor here for two nights. PK 0.2    Junction with Canal de Garonne and Canal de Brienne All good fun. Apparently, it’s the largest, concentric circular town in Europe, so we needed a drone shot. After weaving and swerving our way down the canal, breaking branches and hitting riverbanks but at far less regular intervals now, we pulled in for lunch under the shade of a large tree. PK 77.4    Lock (Villepinte). That evening, we enjoyed a seafood dinner at La Table de Riquet, overlooking the Canal du Midi. "canal from the Rhône to Sète") is a canal in southern France, which connects the Étang de Thau in Sète to the Rhône River in Beaucaire, Gard. I woke early and decided to take a walk in the cool air. Your email address will not be published. I have lived here the best part of 3 years and still i have not learned any French. PK 126.2    Marseillette bridge, village 200m r/b. The canal passes through a great number of wine-growing areas, including the Hérault, the Aude, Minervois and Corbières, as well as many fields of sunflowers and corn. PK 205.4    Bridge (D64) What’s happened to the weather? It’s a staircase lock and fascinating to watch as the boats are lowered. Allow plenty of time to get through the triple lock just before Marseillette. PK 130.4    Triple staircase lock (Fonfile) Located on the Canal du Midi, the marina Carcassonne has all the amenities for boaters passing. Mediterranean towards the Atlantic We strolled along the canal bank and explored the historic part of Colombiers. Capestang to Castelnaudray – Approx 28 Hours Navigation, 124kilometres, 50 locks. Fuel from the pontoon outside the passerelle. Thank you!! A good lunch, a little bit expensive, no special lunchtime offers on weekends. PK 67.2    Bridge (D6313) Don’t arrive at locks between 12-1, it’s lunchtime. 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! PK 58.7    Triple staircase lock (Laurens), bridge PK 110.6    Bridge (Méjeanne) Toulouse is one of France’s biggest cities; there’s a great deal to see and do, good shops and all facilities, including a big park just by the port de plaisance. A very historic town, dating back beyond Roman times to the Neolithic. Many people take just a week to go this distance, but we like to travel slow. The EuroClassic barges are unique to France Afloat and attracted lots of attention (in a good way!) After a leisurely breakfast, us girls decided to walk to Roubia, the next town on the Canal du Midi. How would we explain that one to France Afloat!! PK 158.8    Aqueduct (Répudre) This includes the world’s first canal tunnel, at Malpas, with a length of 161m and a width of 6.45m at water level. Draught – The maximum authorised draught is 1.50m. Aérospatial space research centre. Turn south and go downstream for 800m (past possible bank-side river moorings) until within sight of the Agde weir, then turn right into the canal – high grassy banks but a timber waiting pontoon outside Agde’s ‘round lock’. Beside the staircase of locks is the ‘water slope’ or pente d’eau, built 9 years after the prototype at Montech, to slide 38-metre péniches between the upper and lower levels. Explore 43 listings for Canal boat for sale with mooring at best prices. PK 65.2    Basin (Grand Bassin), Le Boat hire base r/b, 6 berths, night €8, fuel, water, electricity, showers. Lost a stake while trying to moor the boat. It leaves sea level at the lock in Portiragnes, and soon reaches Béziers, where the canal crosses the river Orb, this time on an aqueduct. The Canal Latéral de la Garonne even runs all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean. In fact, the round lock seems harmless enough but it is more difficult than it looks – it is easy (especially if the wind is blowing) to get ‘trapped’ on one quadrant or another, unable to get off and make the turn out through the gate. I love the view of all of the small towns you stopped in along the way. Interesting and peaceful spot to stay for a day or so, by the étang but also quite near the big beaches to the south at Marseillan-plage. PK 8.1    Aqueduct (Herbettes, Toulouse ring road A620) PK 229.7    Three-arched bridge PK 52.1    Naurouze feeder enters canal from former octagonal basin. PORT ROYAL MOORING RATES. PK 218.3    Lock (Portiragnes), bridge, village 400m l/b 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. https://amzn.to/2GPb0fS. PK 203.8    Second passing place Canal du Midi Mooring fees. If you just want to keep a boat along the Canal du Midi, I do not believe there is any restriction as long as you pay the annual canal tax. Ruff Bootsreisen (de) - agency. Hausboot fahren in Frankreich (de) It connects with the Canal du Midi through the Étang de Thau.. Strolling over the picturesque stone bridge, we found a place to settle for the evening at the charming Auberge du Somail. PK 57.5    Double staircase lock (Roc) Parking the boat was a tad tricky as another boat company had reserved all the mooring spots, so we grovelled and pleaded with them and eventually they took pity on us. I’m not a boat person (I would be seasick on even the tamest water), but I enjoyed reading about your adventures! This isn’t your only option. Waterweb Fluvial (en) (fr) (de) www.pnich.com (fr) Barging on Le Canal du Midi (en) - May 1999. From the sun deck, we overlooked a restaurant, and wow, the ice cream desserts looked rather amazing, so we walked the six steps from our boat to the restaurant and managed a huge sickly dessert each – umm yummy! St. Gilles, Camargue . Moorings are plentiful on the Canal du Midi, most of them are offering electricity and water refill for a small charge. Some stretches are highly prone to either silting or to falling leaves forming a ‘soft bed’ that can be ploughed through but which certainly reduces the actual water depth. Private from Albi. 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. A bike ride away is the much larger village of Olonzac (banks, etc.). It's used mainly for pleasure boating between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean; between Bordeaux and Sète. MOORING RATES. It is to this point that Riquet succeeded in bringing a more-than-adequate supply of water by an ingenious feeder system, the main components of which are the Saint-Ferréol reservoir, still efficient after more than three centuries of operation, the Rigole de la Montagne, 24km long, and the Rigole de la Plaine, 35km long. 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) There were lots of weird, wonderful, bit naughty and very bizarre sculptures and artworks. Yay, it worked. Her present length now allows passage through the smaller locks of the famous Canal du Midi. That evening there was a sound and light show by the church. Authority – VNF – Subdivision de la Haute-Garonne: PK 80.3    Lock (Bram) 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 70.6    Lock (Guerre), bridge, Saint-Martin-Lalande 1000m l/b PK 6.0    Railway bridge In a forlorn state, it is now expected to be dismantled, and the whole site relandscaped. PK 202.7    First passing place Both have water and electricity; the capitainerie (also the local VNF office) is by the port. Easy to find, just look for the long queue of boats lining up. In 1999, the Canal du Midi was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Hi my name is Michael I live on a large barge on the Canal du Midi south of France. WELCOME TO AUXONNE'S PORT ROYAL : 150 MOORINGS WITH PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ABOUT THE PORT. East of Agde lock, the canal uses the course of the Hérault for 1km (see under Hérault). YOUR STAY. The captaincy is open every day from March to October, and it is possible to winter from November. More info. PK 105.3    Lock (Carcassonne), bridge PK 45.9    Double staircase lock (Encassan), bridge Headroom – The bridges leave a minimum clear headroom of 3.25m in the centre line of the arch and 3.00m at the sides. Moorings is also as easy. I never knew there were 50 locks! This caused a national outcry and comprehensive – somewhat inauthentic in places – restoration began. It’s well signposted so you won’t get lost. PK 10.6    Canal basin r/b (port technique). PK 0.0    Toulouse basin (Port de l’Embouchure), former locks down to Garonne filled in for ring road, moorings, water. My Jonathan was so excited about being on a boat, he was up and about by 5 am. The Canal du Midi, designed and built by Pierre-Paul Riquet in 1662-1681, is a remarkable work of engineer­ing, justifying its inclusion in the Unesco world heritage list in 1996, and one of the most popular cruising waterways in France. Fell into the cabin after rain, I was bruised but the butter dish and jam jar I was holding remained intact! It was much cooler this morning, somewhat cold in fact. 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. This stretch is wide and an excellent place to moor bank-side; far-reaching views to the south. Blue Links (en) (fr) (ho) - restoring navigation on the Deûle-Escaut link, which includes the Roubaix canal and the Espierre canal. A busy place. The Etang hosts Europe’s largest mussel and oyster farm. PK 232.9    Stop lock (Prades) 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. Good bankside moorings above the lock near the small village; a lovely location albeit with some background traffic noise from the road a few kilometres away. Moving between lock-chambers, they lead the boat with the line, walking up the steps whilst the skipper attempts to keep the boat under control, go through the gates and then tuck into the curved lock-wall. The best place is outside the friendly and very well run camp-site ‘les Berges du Canal‘ (small restaurant, bar, showers, etc), which has electricity as well as water available. By the bridge, a romanesque arch and colonnade fronts a vineyard estate. PK 204.0    End of narrow section Download this waterway’s information (including extra detail) as a PDF document (click lefthand icon) or download it included in a complete set of all the waterways in this region (click righthand icon). Excellent grassy bank moorings under the trees, pretty bridge and lovely village nearby. In late August, Jon, me and a couple of our closest friends self-charted a canal barge and went cruising the Canal du Midi for two weeks. Moorings are plentiful on the Canal du Midi, most of them are offering electricity and water refill for a small charge. We woke early and went for a walk around the town, picking up some freshly baked baguettes at the local boulangerie. 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. Suggested quiet mooring, but looks narrow and depth uncertain. PK 205.9    Bridge (Narbonne), D609, quay u/s r/b A very pleasant walk or bike ride down the side canal (towards Narbonne) to pretty Sallèles d’Aude village for provisions. Jon has been toying with the idea of us living on a boat for a while. Spend a night in Homps, we didn’t but kind of wish we had. Coming up from the port de l’Embouchure (junction with the Canal de Garonne) you may need to tie up at the downstream wooden pontoon and go and announce your presence. 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. Stuffed, vowing after our return to the real world, to go on a strict diet, we crawled back to the Escargot Bleu, collapsed on the bed and fell into a deep sleep. We woke early. 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). Our travel plan for today was to stop at the town of Argeliers, just a few hours downstream. 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! PK 112.6    Lock (Evêque), bridge PK 226.4    Vias bridge (Pont Vieux), moorings d/s r/b, 8 boats, water, electricity, village 1200m l/b. We were heading upstream, and I really didn’t want to be climbing the ladders in the lock to get out of the boat. Mais Oui! The lady on the bike pedals if you approach. Some spaces available for visitors (harbour off the river), or moor bankside nearby, plenty of scope. 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. I am sure this will go down in history as the most unseasonal weather for early summer. A major hire boat base with facilities potentially available for outside use – repairs, crane, etc. pk 117 on the north side is a pretty feeder canal. 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. Canal du Midi; Burgundy: Franche Comté ... (61 locks) to our base in Narbonne (closed for the rest of 2020 but free Le Boat moorings are still available) What you get on the base . Elsewhere, the most popular canal on the network is the Canal du Midi which links the Garonne river on Atlantic and the Mediterranean at Sète. The boys couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel, me a non-swimmer and not genuinely comfortable on moving boats glued myself to a chair and hung on for my life, yes even if it was only an 8km per hour maximum limit. PK 98.5    Lock (Herminis), bridge. We seemed to be having a few electrical problems, and at one point the boat started to overheat!! PK 9.1    Bridge (pont Giordano Bruno, university campus). Canal du Midi - Negra to Argens We did this trip in the second week of May 2018. Canal du Midi: Amazing - See 1,053 traveler reviews, 1,225 candid photos, and great deals for Occitanie, France, at Tripadvisor. PK 206.9    Six-lock (formerly eight-lock) staircase (Fonserannes). So after three days driving from our home in Portugal and stopping en route in Ávila, Spain (lovely little town), Zaragoza, also Spain (great tapas!) We arrived on time to check in at 4 pm, not 100% sure where exactly we were picking up the boat – well, who reads arrival instructions but heading towards the Canal du Midi seemed like a good place to start. PK 79.0    Lock (Sauzens), bridge 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. 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