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This is the rewarding detour to the very nice inland port of Roanne

Canal de Roanne à Digoin | French Canal: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 55 km
Number of locks: 10
Lock dimensions: 38.50 x 5.08
Max. depth: 1.80
Max. headroom: 3.50
Degree of difficulty: For beginners (few locks)
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: with urban surroundings
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Good

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The canal from Roanne to Digoin in Burgundy, Departement Saône-et-Loire, its history:
It is a short excursion from Digoin at the Canal du Centre to Roanne at the Haute Loire. Roanne was once the centre of the French textile industry. Some years ago the former industrial port became one of the most beautiful inland ports. You find here any possible facilities. Worth a stop is also the small village of Briennon with its navigation museum. At the peak of inland waterways activities a connection through the mountains to Lyon was planned but railway extensions were faster.

Leisure boating in southern Burgundy, across the Département Saône et Loire
Advantages: A very quiet canal, far away of any bustle and on its end a town that really offers a lot.
Disadvantage: One has to go back the same way.
A Canal for families and gourmets.

A journey full of contrast, on your way you are in isolated, rural countryside and at its end you meet a bigger town which offers not only a beautiful port but every other comfort you might look for.

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Wine and Dine
Modern transport facilities brought Roanne closer to Lyon and to the wine of the Rhone valley but the light wine of this region should not be neglected. Meals are country-like, being in the neighborhood of Auvergne, more lamb is on the menus. Allow yourself something very special and take the Maison “Troisgros***” into consideration!