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Canal de Briare | Canal of France: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 54 km
Number of locks: 32
Lock dimensions: 38.50 x 5.08
Max. depth: 1.80
Max. headroom: 3.50
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Good

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Waterway has access to:

Canal d'Orléans | Canal of France
Canal du Loing | Canal in France
Canal latéral à la Loire | French Canal

Canal de Briare
Coming from the Canal du Loing one passes shortly before the town of Montargis the entry of the Canal d’Orlean then the canal bridge and finds oneself abrupt on the Canal de Briare. Cargo ships are seldom but if you meet one in the narrow and curvy bit just at the entry at Montargis, relax, change into back gear and try again later. The landing place is just above the deep lock (4.80 m) next to a senior’s residence. Chatillon-Cologny has a nice landing place too. Soon afterwards you come to Rogny, les 7 Ecluses, where you should make a stop and see the splendid old staircase of locks. The next rest might be at Briare, already at the end of the canal.

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Montargis offers very good shopping facilities. The town is rather small and very clean. One should absolutely see the 7 locks of Rogny. After a lot of problems they were finished in 1638 and used for more than 200 years. Just imagine, in these days about 10 ships passed this staircase daily. At the end of the canal the charming town of Briare with its famous canal bridge, built by Alfred Eiffel, is a must.

Author: Editions du Breil  /  Editor: DuBreil  / Language: German/English/French
Delivery time: instantly

Probably the most beautiful guides of the canals of France... Loire et Nivernais Canal du Nivernais, Canal du Loing, Canal d'Orleans, Canal de Briare, Canal latéral de la Loire, Canal de Roanne à Digoin, Canal du Centre. 108 pages, 2008.

Contains accurate and complete maps oriented north/south for easy reading. The Scale is adapted to the waterways, usually 1/50 000 for the canals and 1/25 000 for the rivers. Navigations hints at the beginning of the guide ensure safe, trouble free cruising and tourist information in English will help you find the best places to eat, where to do your shopping and the most interesting sites to visit along the way.

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