France » River Vilaine | France
The “Wild one” is most of times a civilized river. A beautiful waterway with the most charming wharfs of the country!
River Vilaine | France: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||131 km|
|Number of locks:||14|
|Lock dimensions:||25.80 x 4.52|
|Max. depth:||1.20||Max. headroom:||3.20|
|Degree of difficulty:||Some experience is an advantage|
|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|
Waterway has access to:Canal de Nantes à Brest | Canal in France
Canal Ille et Rance | France
The Vilaine is navigable for 139 km, from a bit above Rennes to the sea lock at Port d’Arzal. The remaining kilometers to the Atlantic are under maritime law. It is a rather quiet river with a charming surrounding. But, one has to be careful and stay always in the marked band. Especially on the upper part, there are rocks in the river. At Rennes the Canal Ille et Rance branches off, on which one can get to St. Malo. Together, they are therefore a waterway from the Atlantic to the Channel.
For the skipper this is one of the most beautiful rivers of France, a river of superlatives. The nicest landing stages of France, if not at all, the most charming river mills of the country and on top, the friendliest and helpful people serving on the locks we ever met in France!!
The stretches continually vary and with the Chateaux, Mills and always changing surroundings this river is really a lovely experience.
Wine and Dine
One gets the varied dishes of Brittany with fish and other sea food, as well as beef and goat’s meat towards the inland.
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