|Typical of the Nivernais, a gently winding canal and elegant bridges.|
|The lock cottages were well built back in 1834|
The climb to the summit level from Decise involves 35 locks, and not a problem if taken in daily bites. Antiope does like a metre of water to float in, at times however close to the top locks this was all we had beneath us.
|Annie on lock duty|
|The skipper on BBQ duty|
At the summit, the massive lakes at Baye and Vaux provide the water for the high reaches of the Nivernais, a reminder of the engineering feat involved in creating this 180 km waterway through the high central regions of France and a vital link between Paris and the Med.
|We moor lakeside at Baye at the Nivernais summit|
|No passing room here, The Collancelle tunnels.|
|A rare sight in France these days, wooden lock gates|
|We cruise for some days with Kiwi friends aboard Petronella|
|The impressive limestone cliffs at Merry-sur- Yonne|
|Once through the steep descent the waterway cuts a straight line through flat farm lands|
|These simple but clever 'needle' wiers on the Yonne river.|
Down from the hills the River Yonne begins to supply the Nivernais with water, the river levels are controlled these days by mechanical barrages (wiers) but in some places the original hand 'pulled' needle wiers have been preserved and restored.
The Nivernais will take us to Auxerre where we rejoin the Yonne river and what has become our local waters and completing the 'Burgundy loup'