Beefing up waterways on Wikipedia

FW’s Practical Navigation editor and waterways expert David Edwards-May has recently devoted weeks to editing, updating, correcting and creating over 60 river and canal information pages on Wikipedia . . . As an interlude between cycling the canals and promoting waterways through Inland Waterways International, I have been updating and…

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Buzet’s new bike faciliites

The delightful port at Buzet-sur-Baise has recently enhanced its excellent bike facilities, as part of the Canal des Deux Mers à Velo initiative**. As well as the groovy blue bike racks, located next to the Capitainerie and washrooms, the cycle area now features a set of those often-necessary tools (hanging…

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Nivernais need to know

Nivernais canal boat hire base

The Canal du Nivernais  ranks as one of Burgundy’s best-kept secrets and remains undiscovered by many hotel barge cruisers. Yet the 174km of gliding canal take you through some of the loveliest countryside in central France with plenty of surprises on the way. Get ready to discover medieval villages, centuries-old…

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9 must visit Christmas markets in France

Christmas markets mean the festive season is unquestionably creeping up on us. Buying gifts at Christmas markets ensures you’ll give handcrafted, artisan items with the personal touch. Christmas markets are a firm favourite for many. And as far as we’re concerned there is a festive market for everyone. Whether you plan on…

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The VNF Tourism Conference, Avignon, February 2016

Following our extended visit to the Dusseldorf Boat Show, the world’s biggest, David Edwards-May and we attended the 2016 VNF waterways tourism conference. David is French Waterways’ Practical Navigation section editor, a cartographer and specialist waterways consultant. This year, it was held in the Pope’s Palace, Avignon. We had been at the previous…

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The Dusseldorf Boat Show, January 2016

‘Boot’, the Dusseldorf Boat Show, the biggest in Europe if not the world. 17 huge exhibition halls and 1,800 exhibitors. Gigantic! We were there for two full days. We attended with our close colleagues David Edwards-May and Jenny Ruff, from waterway consultants and specialist publishers, Transmanche. Together, we manned the Inland Waterways…

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Cruising tales: Decize to Bazolles

We joined the Loire, with a quick stop on the Decize town quay for croissant and pain complet, and then on to the Nivernais, passing the confluence of the tributary Aron. And before too long the renowned beauty of the Nivernais kicks in.  It’s not so very spectacular – sunny, green…

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Cruising tales: Digoin to Dompierre-sur-Besbre

Since leaving Auxonne we have travelled 228km and passed through 70 locks. Our engine has run for 41 hours. It’s a Nanni – a Kubota engine that’s been marinised – and it’s never let us down yet, in 8 years. It starts first time and just keeps going. Provided it…

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Cruising tales: Saint-Leger sur Dheune, Canal du Centre (PK 33)

Welcome to the first in our series of cruising tales, our very own experiences of France’s waterways now that we’re back aboard Grehan and waterborne.  For those who don’t know, PK means Point Kilometre. They are marked along the waterways, like the old milestones in the UK, discreetly printed on very…

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Inland Waterways Tourism Event 2014 – Strasbourg

“Tourisme et Territoires” will take place at the Strasbourg Convention Centre on March 18th and 19th. Organised jointly by VNF and the Proximum Group, the event is designed to bring together businesses from both sides of the tourism sector – ‘Suppliers’ (for example, marina operators, tour boats, component manufacturers, restaurants,…

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