The Canal du Midi was built in just 15 years, from 1666 to 1681, to provide an inland water route through Southern France between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Tom Rolt describes how this extraordinary engineering achievement was inspired and led by Pierre Paul Riquet, a provincial tax collector, how he won the support of Louis XIV, and how he overcame formidable technical, economic and social problems which threatened to stop the works.

Rolt was a contemporary founder of the movement which successfully campaigned for preservation of Britain’s waterways heritage, and his writings have won a wide following. This historical guide, first published in 1973, bears the stamp of his unique combination of in-depth knowledge and almost poetic sensitivity.

David Edwards-May, author of Inland Waterways of France and Practical Navigation editor for this website, has brought the story up to date with a postscript and added maps, plans and drawings to make the book also a valuable companion for tourists discovering the canal.

” . . . A rare and interesting description of the Canal du Midi in France . . . “

Revised 2010 – 246 pages, photographs, drawings and maps – Contact us for special (e.g recorded, insured) delivery services


An extremely interesting and useful map, covering all the navigable canals and rivers of Europe from Ireland in the west to Russia in the east. On one side the map covers Dublin to the Danube (Bratislava); on the other the whole of Europe including Scandinavia through to the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. On high quality paper.
Complete 60 page Gazetteer Directory

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Excellent and up-to-date map of all navigable French canals and rivers, plus (uniquely) Belgium, Holland and the Rhine. Scale  1: 1 500 000 with clear graphics that note key characteristics for each waterway. High quality durable paper.
Companion to the ‘Inland Waterways of France’ book.

Inland Waterways of FranceIWF Book : The standard comprehensive guide to the French canals and navigable rivers includes maps and distance tables for each waterway, giving the user a general view of the geography of each waterway as well as a detailed cockpit reference.
IWF Map : Excellent and up-to-date map of all navigable French canals and rivers, plus (uniquely) Belgium, Holland and the Rhine.

The standard comprehensive guide to the French canals and navigable rivers includes maps and distance tables for each waterway, giving the user a general view of the geography of each waterway as well as a detailed cockpit reference. The introduction forms a complete general guide to the French waterways, including distances and overall dimensions, formalities, navigation regulations and up-to-date list of hire operators, making inland waterways of France not just an unrivalled planning tool but also an outstanding cruising reference.

Revised 2010 – Full-colour. Contact us for special (e.g recorded, insured) delivery services

Eine äußerst interessante und nützliche Karte, die alle schiffbaren Flüsse und Kanäle von Europa aus Irland im Westen bis Russland im Osten. Auf der einen Seite der Karte deckt Dublin zur Donau (Bratislava); auf der anderen Seite ganz Europa einschließlich Skandinavien bis zum Schwarzen Meer und dem Kaspischen Meer. Auf hochwertigem Papier.

Ausführliches Booklet, 64 Seiten

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Une carte très intéressante et utile, couvrant tout le réseau fluvial européen depuis l’Irlande et le Portugal jusqu’à la partie européenne de la Russie (mer Noire et mer Caspienne), incluant la Scandinavie. Au verso, une carte plus détaillée couvre la partie la plus dense du réseau depuis Dublin jusqu’au au Danube (Bratislava); papier de haute qualité. La carte montre le réseau français avec une précision remarquable à cette échelle.
Voies Navigables d’Europe – Notice descriptive de 64 pages en français – 3e édition

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