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