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River Somme is surely the most beautiful river in the northeast of France.


River Somme | France: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 136 km
Number of locks: 23
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: back to nature
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Canal de Saint Quentin | Canal in France
Canal du Nord | French Canal
North Sea

La Somme, Picardy
The waterway leads from the Canal de St. Quentin over a short stretch of the Canal du Nord to St. Valery on the Channel. The big floods of the last years have made considerable damage to this very beautiful waterway of Picardy. At the moment, great efforts are being done to resolve the damages. In this context, infrastructures for tourism are surely ameliorated.

History to the Somme and the Canal de la Somme
This waterway was planned to be a connection from St. Quentin to the Channel. Work started already in 1770 but it was finally completed in 1843 only.
It starts at St. Simon on the Canal St. Quentin, is then from Voyennes to Péronne part of the Canal du Nord and is independent again afterwards. After the lock of Froissy, it joins the Somme and stays in its river bed until Abbeville. Then one changes into the Canal Maritime d’Abbeville at St. Valéry to the mouth of the Somme. After the sea lock at St. Valéry sur Somme maritime rules have to be applied.

A houseboat holiday on the Somme:
There is a house boat hirer at Chappy. The varied area can be recommended to families.
Tourism
Once having left the Canal du Nord, the water way becomes rather attractive. Since the Somme is not properly canalised, there are upstream until about Amiens, on both sides big moor lands and marshes with a manifold flora and fauna. Another thing to be found in this area is the well known P’tit Train de Froissy. Not to forget Amiens with its very famous water gardens of 300 ha and last but not least, the picturesque fishing port of St. Valéry.

Houseboat Holidays in France

House Boat Hire, River Somme

Locaboat Holidays, Capy & Saint Veléry

Wine and Dine
We are in Picardy, beer and cider is being served. Different kinds of Crêpe dishes, but also lamb and rabbit (with plums) and then of course anything coming from the Sea nearby is prepared too.