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 canal boat hire base

Nivernais need to know

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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Maximum barge length on French canals

The maximum barge length allowed to navigate through the French canal system is slightly longer than the official length of 38.50m indicated throughout the Practical Navigation pages on this site. The Belgian owner of a 39.12m long barge asked if his barge could squeeze into the locks to reach his…

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Who’s visiting France?

France is a stone’s throw away for the British but for the rest of the world, it’s quite a hike. Yet France is still the world’s number one holiday destination – in spite of the attacks of 2015 and 2016 – so who is fuelling French tourism and coming to France…

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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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