Waterways Guide 20: Picardie

Waterways Guide 20: Picardie

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Waterways Guide 20: Picardie

Waterways Guide 20: Picardie

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The plains of Picardy possess a closely knit network of navigable waterways, one of the most dense on the whole French mainland. These canals and rivers have been used for centuries to bring the riches of the north to the Paris region.

They are, even today, heavily frequented by commercial barges but they also provide a link for leisure craft in transit between Paris and Belgium. As you leave the Paris area, you will first take the Oise. This river which joins the Seine downstream from the capital, is one of its most important tributaries. It is also an important commercial waterway plied by barges of all sizes but moorings are plentiful and well equipped and transiting leisure craft well looked after. It is an attractive river hidden from the world by a dense curtain of trees and, following the tranquil curves of its down­stream section, it is difficult to believe that one is cruising through the busy Parisian sprawl.

At the end of the Oise, you will have to choose between the old canal Saint-Quentin and the canal du Nord, a “modern” canal, strange compromise between the Freycinet canals and the big Belgian waterways. The canal de Saint-Quentin with its tunnels is the more interesting of the two but the canal du Nord is the quickest. A third route, passing by the Sambre is, unfortunately, for the moment, unavailable.

This guide replaces our guides to the Oise and the Somme. Along with our new guide to the Marne, it also replaces the guide n° 8, Champagne. In the immediate future, this latter should only be used to follow the Parisian canals. To prepare the guide, we have cruised all the rivers and canals of Picardy, working closely with the navigation services concerned. But a guide is never entirely finished and your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Nevertheless, we hope it will help you to choose the most appropriate itinerary and navigate in harmony with the barge skippers, still actively present on these waterways. As you prepare your cruise, do not be in a hurry and allow enough time to discover all the riches of Picardy, a region which has played such an important part in European history.

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