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French Canals

Welcome to my page on the Canals and Rivers of France

This page covers the different routes you can take between the UK and the Mediterranean. There are links from here to detailed information on The Canal du Midi and The Scenic Route as well using a the Lorry Option to transport your boat or just the mast.

The Rhone River Parking Places lists all the know overnight stopping places which are few and far between. Eloise Diary is the daily log of my trip last year from the UK to the Med then back up the Canal du Midi to my home in La Rochelle

If you have little up to date knowledge of the canals and rivers between northern Europe and the Mediterranean, I have published a book which should give you all the information you need in order to get the correct French recognised qualifications and licences to take the boat into the inland waterways of France. It also lists the main routes with details of distance, timing and the appropriate inland waterway chart books - Navicarte that you will require.

THE FRENCH CANAL ROUTES

TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

If you are thinking about using the French canals to passage between the UK and the Mediterranean then this booklet contains all the information you need.

 It describes the Routes, the regulations the paperwork - How where and when to get the qualifications and license, the depths, air heights, locks and a whole lot more.

 There are 'charts/maps' throughout, the distances, dimensions & main stopping places and is the only publication to list ALL the possible stopping places on the Rhone River!

Bound with a wire spiral so you may keep THE FRENCH CANAL ROUTES in the cockpit and refer to it as you motor through the canal system.

FOR FULL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS BOOK GO TO

FRENCH CANAL ROUTES £15.95   

Or you can buy it as an Ebook £6.50    Click here

 

It is just possible, but only just, to do the voyage with just my book and Navicarte 21, but to be comfortable and to really enjoy the experience you are going to need the NAVICARTE for your intended route. These are available from my site at normal French prices (I live in La Rochelle) and with the same postal charges as most web sites in the UK.

If you are looking for detailed route information then go to:-

 

CANAL ROUTES TO THE MED

 

THIS SECTION HAS DESCRIPTIONS OF THE WAY TO AND FROM THE MED BY THE CANAL AND SEA ROUTES

 

If you are looking for the river and canal charts for the trip between the English Channel and the Mediterranean

go to

NAVICARTE

 

For a range of Nautical Books and DVD's about far away places, visit my BOAT SHOP - click here

FOR A NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF THE CANALS

    CANAL TRIP   

The following links go to the two sections of CANAL TRIP

St Valery to the Med by the Scenic Route

    &   

Canal du Midi Log

with some extra comments and info

In 2005 took my Prout 33 down the Canals and Rivers of France, from the UK. Having purchased her a month earlier in Millbrook near Plymouth. 

 I sailed along the UK south coast, crossed the channel and entered at St Valery sur Somme heading for the Mediterranean. I made a 'daily log' of the trip which might be interesting if you are thinking of 'doing' the canals.

I have used the Canals and Rivers of France between the Channel and the Mediterranean at least a dozen times. I now live in France and my book is probably the most up to date and informative available today.

Contents

1 – Planning the voyage

2 – South coast to Chenal du Four

3 - Chenal du Four to La Rochelle

4 - La Rochelle to Spain overview

5 - La Rochelle to Coruña

6 - Coruña to Gibraltar

Why not take your Prout to the Mediterranean next summer?

 

GENTLE SAILING ROUTE

 TO THE

MEDITERRANEAN

 There are several ways of getting your boat to the Mediterranean. On the back of a lorry, via the French canals, four or five day’s non stop across the Bay of Biscay then down the Portuguese coast or spend the summer or two, gently coasting southwards, enjoying the harbours, cities, towns and villages of France Spain and Portugal.

 

This is not a pilot book, rather a passage plan and guide to the nicer places between the South Coast of the UK to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.  It can all be done in easy stages, to suit a lightly crewed boat, with perhaps only a couple of people on board who are without ‘offshore’ experience.  Actually, it is a lovely way to explore a lot of delightful foreign places.

More Here

 

The Ebook version is available now £4.50

 Specially drawn charts of:

 

Cherbourg to L’Aber-Wrac’h.

Chenal du Four to La Rochelle

La Rochelle to Spain

La Rochelle to Coruña

Coruna to Gibraltar

+

illustrations, pictures, paintings

Canal Routes Between the English Channel and the Mediterranean go to Routes

  1. Mediterranean overview

  1. Entering the straits

  1. Bárbate

  1. Tarifa

  1. Gibraltar

  1. La Línea                     £3.00

  1. Algecerías

  1. Ceuta

  1. Smir          

  1. Duquesa

  1. Tangier

  2. Bringing your boat legally into Spain

The book contains tidal charts and strategy for making the final passage through the straights into the Mediterranean. Information on fuel and marina prices as well as haul out facilities and places to winter your boat. Beside port information for all the above it provides places of interest and reasons for visiting them.

Dozens of photos and illustrations.

More info HERE £3.00 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

 

For circumnavigation and sailing pages go to

Sailing

THE FRENCH CANAL ROUTES

TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

If you are thinking about using the French canals to passage between the UK and the Mediterranean then this booklet contains all the information you need.

 It describes the Routes, the regulations the paperwork - How where and when to get the qualifications and license, the depths, air heights, locks and a whole lot more.

 There are 'charts/maps' throughout, the distances, dimensions & main stopping places and is the only publication to list ALL the possible stopping places on the Rhone River!

Bound with a wire spiral so you may keep THE FRENCH CANAL ROUTES in the cockpit and refer to it as you motor through the canal system.

FOR FULL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS BOOK GO TO

FRENCH CANAL ROUTES £15.95   

Or you can buy it as an Ebook £6.50    Click here

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