France » River Sarthe / Small River Le Loire / France

La Sarthe is a very beautiful River in the middle of the Loire valley, one of the most beautiful waterways in France

River Sarthe / Small River Le Loire / France: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 132 km
Number of locks: 20
Lock dimensions: 30.00 x 5.00
Max. depth: 1.10
Max. headroom: 3.90
Degree of difficulty: For beginners (few locks)
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Good

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River Mayenne, L'Oudon et La Maine | France

La Sarthe / Pays de la Loire, description
It has its spring in the hills, north of Le Mans. Until Alençon, it is rather wild but becomes afterwards much quieter. In Le Mans it meets the Huine and together, they become navigable. The Sarthe flows then in wide twists, bordered by trees and willows, towards Angers, where it joins the Maine and the Mayenne and flows a few kilometers further into the Loire.
Information for a boating holiday at the Pays de la Loire
River Sarthe is apparentness to friends of northern France and the Loire area.

Le Mans is the first town on the navigable river. If there are no races, the old town is quiet and always worth a visit. Downstream, at km 17, the medieval mill of Fillé, newly restored, can be looked at. At Suze, the Château de Bellefille invites you and in Parcé, there is another, fortified, medieval mill. Sablès sur Sarthe has an excellent port and invites therefore for a rest. PK 82, Pincé: Golfers and lovers of fine food shouldn’t miss this place. Afterwards come Châteauneuf, Ecouflant and Briollay, all with more or less nice ports, and then, one is already on the Maine and therefore at Angers.

House Boat hire in France, Sarthe / Pays de la Loire

Locaboat Holidays, Chateauneuf & Suzé

FPP, Morannes

Nicols, Sablé sur Sarthe

Le Loire
No, this is not a mistake; Le Loire is the small brother of La Loire and has its spring in the area of Chartres, Eure-et-Loire.
Of the entire length of 200 km, a 117 were navigable until 1931.
 Afterwards, one forgot about this gorgeous small river with the magnificent mills and castles.

Wine and Dine
We can’t think of anyone who doesn’t fall in love to the dishes of Normandy: Langoustine, Coquilles St. Jacques, Brochettes de Fruits de Mer, Artichauts à la Vinaigrette, Tripes, Brochettes de Crevettes and of course Crêpes, crêpes, cr…. All accompanied with a fine cider or beer. Perhaps you finish with a Galette Breton and take an exquisite Calvados of the region with the “petit noire”!