A fascinating voyage through the Canal de la Marne a la Saone (Entre Champagne et Bourgogne, the ‘Heuilly’) in 1975 on the peniche ‘Beecliffe’. Super 8 film transferred to VHS and then digital, so the quality is not perfect, but . . .

From today’s perspective the canal scenery is relatively unchanged. What is noticeably different, 38 years on (Oh, youth!), is the number of commercial peniches to be seen. Now there are just some, a few, which is beneficial because they help maintain the canal depth. And of course, the ecluses are no longer hand-wound, nor are there eclusiers at each one.