Some noise and dust from the works adjacent. PK 38.9 Lock (Gardouch), bridge The skipper may have to throw the bow line to the crew, as well as the stern. Big sandy beaches of la Redoute very close by. PK 104.6 Footbridge PK 53.8 Le Ségala bridge, quay south bank, 8 berths, water €3, electricity €3. Suggested quiet mooring, but looks narrow and depth uncertain. It is best to be at the back, but beware of the gates closing on the stern. PK 58.7 Triple staircase lock (Laurens), bridge Crew takes a couple of turns of the bow line around the forward bollard and then darts back to take the stern line from the skipper, around the aft bollard, back to the skipper and then forward to pick up the bow line and control the bow. PK 216.5 Bridge (Caylus) An aerial view of scenic Castelnaudary and the canal. No longer a trade … PK 69.7 Lock (Saint-Sernin), bridge PK 204.4 Bridge (Gourgasse) It is one of the technologically most significant canals in the world: it uses lock staircases, reservoirs, aqueducts, dams, bridges, and tunnels. PK 107.9 Bridge (D118) PK 133.7 Aqueduct (Aiguille) PK 3.3 Bridge (Matabiau), narrow passage (former lock) Canal du Midi holidays are amongst our most popular offerings, and with so many bases to choose from there’s a perfect cruise for you! PK 104.4 Bridge (Iéna) It overlooks the Étang de Montady, once a swamp but drained in 1247, with spectacular radial fields and ditches. In a forlorn state, it is now expected to be dismantled, and the whole site relandscaped. 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. PK 210.5 Bridge (Capiscol) During the season hundreds of hire boats cruise to and fro, not always completely sure of what they are doing, particularly in the locks (tricky enough for more experienced boaters). PK 119.4 Bridge (Saint-Julia) Must-sees include the cathedral, seen here at dusk overlooking the old town and its bridge. PK 116.2 Bridge (Rode) His family owned the … PK 239.8 Quays (Les Onglous). PK 202.7 First passing place The section of the Canal du Midi which retains its original structures will thus remain as it is, a relief for all those who were concerned that Riquet’s heritage would be desecrated beyond recognition. Towpath – There is a good towpath throughout, except over the first 22km from Les Onglous to Portiragnes lock. PK 10.6 Canal basin r/b (port technique). lt is even more remarkable that, for the first time on this scale, the contractor and his engineers sought … PK 103.6 Railway bridge Some lovely old houses, but … 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. PK 99.9 Lock (Ladouce) Flexible cancellation or change Houseboat BOOM Péniche (1894, refit 2013) 98.42 feet Skipper included in the price. Nevertheless, his desire not to superimpose colours and the fact that he left large areas of the background in a pale grey colour can be related to neo-Impressionism. * Co-founder and main inspiration for the Inland Waterways Association in the UK; the centenary of his birth was celebrated in 2010. PK 168.7 Junction with embranchement de La Nouvelle, r/b, moorings Such a great place to stay, it is tempting even to live aboard throughout the winter! PK 206.5 New cut r/b to water slope (disused). For this voyage, we are traveling east from Toulouse and stopping at various points along the way to take in the views. The bridges cross three canals: du Midi, Latéral and Brienne. 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. PK 0.2 Junction with Canal de Garonne and Canal de Brienne 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. 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). Midi Canal, also called Languedoc Canal, French Canal du Midi or Canal du Languedoc, historic canal in the Languedoc region of France, a major link in the inland waterway system from the Bay of Biscay of the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. The chapel dome of Hôpital de La Grave is reflected in the Garonne River. Essential navigation guides, maps and books from publishers Breil, Fluviacarte and Imray. PK 77.4 Lock (Villepinte). The Canal du Midi remains the masterpiece of Pierre-Paul Riquet, a French canal-builder and engineer. PK 231.3 Agde bridge, Canalous Plaisance hire base, basin, quay u/s r/b for 15 boats, water, town centre 800m r/b. Fuel. The port has recently (late 2011) been taken over by the municipality of Ramonville and there are plans to rehabilitate and enhance facilities. The town is very pleasant to walk up to from the port, to sit in the main square by the statue of Paul Riquet, born in Béziers. There is a short stretch of quayside downstream (south) of the road bridge. PK 37.5 Double staircase lock (Laval), bridge A UNESCO World Heritage site, this canal is defined by its beauty, lined with shady plane trees which often touch to form an arc of green above the water from bank to bank, and crossed by pretty … Straight-sided and very deep (6m+). Canal du Midi cruises aren’t the only attraction on offer though, wherever we disembark for our daily excursions there are also wonderful historical and cultural sights, from towering cathedrals, to ancient villages, roman ruins and, of course, museums and galleries. Considering the direction of travel, heading west from the Étang de Thau, the number of locks is 48 (73 chambers) from the Mediterranean to the summit level and 15 (18 chambers) from the summit to Toulouse, making a total of 63 locks and 91 chambers. PK 238.5 Bridge (Les Onglous) 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) PK 67.1 Double staircase lock (Gay) Agde is a picturesque and historic town, well worth visiting – about 15mins walk south from the écluse. Closer to Homps, what was obviously intended to be a port de plaisance. PK 15.3 Bridge (route de Labège) PK 79.0 Lock (Sauzens), bridge PK 208.1 Béziers basin, moorings, water, town centre 500m l/b beyond railway. Video: Nokia N95 8GB. Mediterranean towards the Atlantic PK 165.4 Bridge (Pont Neuf), D607 The work was carried out boldly and in a constant search for perfection in order to ensure its efficiency and durability. This stretch is wide and an excellent place to moor bank-side; far-reaching views to the south. — Port du Canal, 11000 Carcassonne (PK 76-151) 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). Travel by barge on the canal, or walk or cycle along side a tranquil waterway, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterannean sea. PK 105.0 Carcassonne basin, port de plaisance in town centre and 1500m from La Cité, 59 berths, night €15 depending on number on board (2 to 10 persons, covering water, electricity, showers), Canalous Plaisance hire base, crane on request, slipway, pump-out, repairs. You can check in from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Maximum authorised length 30 m, beam 5.45 m. The locks have an unusual oval shape on plan, but the walls are vertical. PK 234.1 Bridge (Saint-Bauzille) PK 65.6 Quadruple staircase lock (Saint-Roch), water From Agde, travelers have the option of navigating the La Nouvelle branch of the Canal du Midi to Sète, another Mediterranean port and a popular seaside resort. PK 149.8 Double staircase lock (Pechlaurier) Our route is level and car-free. Discover the coast of Canal du Midi in a houseboat with 6 Cabins. PK 0.0 Junction with main line of Canal du Midi at round lock (PK 231.4), bridge PK 38.5 Aqueduct (Gardouch) PK 65.4 Bridge (Saint-Roch) PK 12.4 Ramonville centre 1000m PK 50.6 Railway bridge (main line Toulouse-Narbonne) Quayside mooring by the bridge, close to the big sandy beaches at la Tamarissière. PK 109.0 Lock (Fresquel) PK 225.2 Libron crossing, narrow passage, bridge Canal du Midi is a hasty work executed with fluid paint, but not with the broken stroke that is found in other pictures that Matisse did in that period. PK 228.2 New road bridge (D612, Agde bypass) PK 214.9 Bridge (D64) PK 49.5 Bridge (Maraval) PK 147.1 Double staircase lock (Ognon), aqueduct d/s There is a control panel at the lock-side with buttons. The property is 1.4 mi from Amphitheater Purpan-Ancely. PK 0.4 Footbridge Canal du Midi boating holidays present an opportunity to experience this fabulous waterway firsthand with your family and friends, inviting you to travel at a pace that lets you get to meet the people and relax amidst stunning natural beauty. PK 151.1 Argens-Minervois bridge, village l/b. It is an UNESCO world heritage site and attracts many visitors every year. You could be … The ascents and descents are according to a timetable – up 10:00-11:45 and 16:00-18:45, down 8:00-9:30 and 13:30-15:30. Canal du Midi is one of the world's best known places for a boating vacation. The Canal du Midi - one of the things to See in the Languedoc-Roussillon: the oldest working canal in the world, seventeenth century engineering once used for commerce, now for leisure. Quayside moorings by the small village. PK 4.9 Bridge (Guilheméry) Relax Bike Tours, based out of Béziers, France, is excited to offer you a fantastic cycling holiday along the Canal Du Midi. PK 3.0 Footbridge (Raisin) The short canal spur off to the left provided access to the River Orb via a lock. A remarkable work of engineering, the Canal du Midi twists and turns through some of the most beautiful countrysides in southern France. PK 154.8 Roubia bridge, quay d/s l/b, water, village l/b Canal du Midi vacations are amongst our most popular offerings, and with so many bases to choose from there’s a perfect cruise for you! Constructed between about 1080 and 1120, the Romanesque landmark is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. PK 2.1 Bridge (Minimes) A very pleasant walk or bike ride down the side canal (towards Narbonne) to pretty Sallèles d’Aude village for provisions. A short branch, the descente dans l’Hérault maritime, leads from the round lock at Agde to the river, thus giving alternative access to the Mediterranean. One of the oldest towns in the country, Béziers is located on a bluff above the River Orb. Under a royal edict of October 1666, Jean-Baptiste Colbert gave permission for the construction work to start. Short length of quay above the écluse, good for lunch or overnight. PK 229.7 Three-arched bridge Capestang is a good village, with facilities including supermarkets. A brilliant collection of very witty sculptures made from bits of wood and objets trouvés. Colombiers has its regular customers, who have left their boat there for the winter. Hire boat base with showers and moorings available to plaisanciers. 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. PK 131.6 Double staircase lock (Saint-Martin), bridge Again, there are vertical poles to moor to. PK 26.9 Bridge (Baziège) It … PK 15.7 Deep lock (Castanet), bridge, village 2000m l/b Once used to transport goods and people, the waterway is now mainly used by boaters and other tourists. Each morning, we visited a new small town, whether it was right alongside our boat or a short drive away. It’s well worth spending at least one day sightseeing whilst you're here. The cut is about 500m long and includes a railway bridge offering a minimum headroom of 4.22m. PK 87.9 Aqueduct (Espitalet) The information published here results from more than ten years personal experience cruising the waterways from north to south and east to west. Some places are subject to quite a lot of turbulence as the lock fills. PK 204.0 End of narrow section Is parking offered at Hotel Toulouse Canal Du Midi? Terrific white marble bas-relief between the first two : the Mediterranean and the Atlantic personnified together with canal building cherubs busy with picks and shovels. Every afternoon, we sailed along the Canal du Midi. The costs vary from €2-€20 per night. The Canal du Midi was officially inaugurated in 1681. By the bridge, a romanesque arch and colonnade fronts a vineyard estate. PK 145.8 Bridge Excellent possible bank-side mooring (check depths). It was built in the 17th century at a time when France was the centre of civil engineering excellence. PK 69.1 Lock (Guilhermin) 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. PK 0.5 Junction with Hérault maritime. PK 165.9 Le Somail bridge (Pont Vieux), Nicols hire base, quays d/s for 20 boats, water, village l/b. PK 130.4 Triple staircase lock (Fonfile) A beautiful place; this is where Riquet’s feeder canal enters, but it does so in a wonderful octagonal parkland setting and around an avenue of plane trees. The Garonne joins the Canal du Midi east of the city center. The canal was built between 1666 and 1681, under the reign of Louis XIV. This is presumably an abandoned property development. Bear this in mind when you choose your place to tie up. On the Canal du Midi, Bram France is the Largest, Concentric Circular town in Europe To walk off our lunch, we walked into the town of Bram, about 1.5 kilometres away from the canal along a … Historic Béziers is one of the oldest cities in France. Canal du Midi is a summit level canal, meaning that it passes over varying heights between valley’s and not in a lateral line. PK 180.6 Bridge (Malviès) (Photo: The city's Musée des Augustins is a fine arts. To give you a little insight and inspiration, we have prepared a short itinerary for you to stroll along the Canal du Midi, a 7-day river cruise from Carcassonne to … Very pretty village and bridge. 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. East of Agde lock, the canal uses the course of the Hérault for 1km (see under Hérault). Hire boats come in different sizes, to suit a couple, a family or you and your friends, and your ‘hands on the wheel’ holiday can be arranged from start to finish by any of the reputable companies to be found on french-waterways.com. PK 168.8 Railway bridge, end of one-way section traffic Cycle Canal Du Midi downhill and with the wind! As with many great canals, … PK 98.2 Double staircase lock (Lalande) 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. Excellent grassy bank moorings under the trees, pretty bridge and lovely village nearby. PK 71.7 Lock (Peyruque), bridge A former military fortress transformed into a Palladian-style chateau by an Italian architect, this property goes back a … 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. 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. Speak to Mathieu, Stephanie or Françoise (04 68 25 10 48). A full service port de plaisance, including fuel. 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 Flexible cancellation or change Houseboat BOOM Péniche (1894, refit 2013) 98.42 feet Skipper included in the price. PK 232.9 Stop lock (Prades) All good fun. One of the delights of travelling along the canals is that you can pull over and tie up almost anywhere. 4-chamber staircase, closes 20 minutes earlier. There are practically no B&Bs or tourist accommodation near the Canal. The Canal du Midi cuts through this sleepy town located near Carcassonne, which is certainly worth a diversion. 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. 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. Most ‘nature moorings’ (posts for tying u… PK 108.0 Lock (Saint-Jean), bridge (Friedland), one of the lowest on the canal at 3.30m These included: Pézenas, Narbonne, Minerve, Capestang, and Carcassonne. PK 3.6 Deep lock (Bayard), bridge, Toulouse Matabiau station r/b. There's a charge of EUR 5.00 per pet, per night. Timber waiting pontoons ahead of the lock. Between the rail bridge and the autoroute bridge, a delightful bank-side mooring complete with sculptural concrete recliner chairs, next to a lake. Aérospatial space research centre. PK 43.0 Lock (Renneville), bridge, small village 400m l/b PK 98.5 Lock (Herminis), bridge. PK 65.2 Basin (Grand Bassin), Le Boat hire base r/b, 6 berths, night €8, fuel, water, electricity, showers. PK 24.8 Bridge (Montgiscard) The Archbishop of Toulouse introduced him to Colbert, who realised that the project would serve the policies of his King, Louis XIV. The water in the eastern part of the canal is supplied by the Reservoir de St Ferréol, so the water flows in the canal from near Castelnaudary east to the Mediterranean and from Castelnaudary west to Toulouse. Locks – Discounting the two locks down to the river Garonne in Toulouse (obliterated by a ring road) and one stop lock which is normally open, there were formerly 64 locks on the canal, 16 falling towards the Garonne and 48 falling towards the Mediterranean. There are over 80 working locks on the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to the Mediterranean. This écluse has been modernised into a single (oval shape) from the old double; it is quite deep (4m+). PK 9.1 Bridge (pont Giordano Bruno, university campus). The canal is served by several tour operators offering novices the chance to navigate their own barge along the entire watercourse or selected sections of the waterway. The word-famous Canal du Midi, boat hire hub of the south of France, is a perfect blend of unspoilt natural surroundings, listed heritage sites and amazing food and drink. 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. Crossing the Aude river is a bit tough. Hotel Barge Anjodi. north bank – further good, quiet, bankside moorings at PK37, 35.5 and 33. Check-out time is noon. PK 25.0 Montgiscard quay l/b, village 300m beyond main road 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. We like Homps. As on most waterways, the given depth is the middle of the channel; the sides may be noticeably less deep and this may affect coming alongside, especially if one has twin bilge keels or twin propellers. A very historic town, dating back beyond Roman times to the Neolithic. pk 117 on the north side is a pretty feeder canal. Enjoy life aboard 'Anjodi' as you cruise the historic Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating from the 17th century. This grey serves as a neutral shade allowing the deep blues, carmine and oranges of the setting sun to … Headroom – The bridges leave a minimum clear headroom of 3.25m in the centre line of the arch and 3.00m at the sides. PK 141.4 Bridge (Métairie du Bois) PK 213.8 Lock (Villeneuve), bridge, Villeneuve-lès-Béziers r/b, quays for 5 boats, night €6, water, showers at camp site. Going into the first (lowest) chamber the configuration means that the crew won’t be able to walk in, bow line already in hand. A few hours after leaving Castelnaudary and its expansive basin, the summit level is reached. PK 160.9 Ventenac d’Aude bridge, quay u/s l/b, village l/b. 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