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« The clay canal », a forgotten waterway in the mid Loire valley


Canal de la Sauldre | Canal in France: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 47 km
Number of locks: 22
Lock dimensions: 30.00 x 2.70
Degree of difficulty: no rating
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: back to nature
Profile of waterway: Not navigable anymore
Facilities groundside: no rating

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Canal de la Sauldre in Sologne
This lost canal in former Sologne is unique for several reasons:  First of all it connects two rivers, Bevron and Sauldre, which are both not navigable. And, it was built for agricultural reasons only; it was used to transport clay which was dismantled in the region of Blancafort.
The clay was added to the sour, fruitless soil in order to gain higher productions. Even though, this got soon unattractive, one dreamed for a long time of realizing a connection of this small canal to the Canal de Berry or the Canal latèral à la Loire. In 1926 it was taken off the list of navigable waters.