Nowadays the canals around us are almost entirely devoted to leisure cruises. Pilot your own boat without a permit for one day, one week-end or by the week.
Wood floating stopover :
North of Clamecy, overlooking the Canal, Surgy rocks will delight rock climbers. Do stop at Clamecy harbour. This former capital of wood floating will delight you with its half-timbered houses, narrow streets and museum dedicated to a child of the country, Romain Rolland the writer.
Close by, where the channel follows the Yonne river ,Chevroches village with his new captaincy. Crossing in the valleys of the Yonne take you to Chitry, dominated by its castle and birthplace of «Poil de Carotte» the litterary character.” The ancestral home of the writer Jules Renard is still visible as well as the site of “La Gloriette”.
Nature stopover :
Before hitting the tunnels of Collancelle, Valley of Sardy impresses with its series of 16 locks leading to Vaux and Baye ponds, reservoirs of the Canal. After a linear 10km, Canal meanders region through the Bazois region. A first Châtillon, where you glide at the foot of the castle and across the country. At Biches, climb up the Fountain Chamont trail to discover a beautiful panorama.
Confluence stopover :
Before joining Decize city of water by essence , at the confluence of the Loire, the old bed of the Loire and the Nivernais Canal, the flowered harbour of Cercy-la-Tour offers a pleasant setting.
Following the river like a shadow, the Canal Lateral a la Loire then wanders through peaceful landscapes, rustic and charming settings, in the direction of the vineyards of Sancerre. You may stop at Nevers Junction harbour , to explore the city of Nevers .