|Our Friday night mooring at Accolay|
We decided to risk it and just leave and hope an éclusier either drives past us or is at the lock. As luck would have it, a plastic hire boat was just coming down the lock, so we only had to hang around a little while.
|Waiting for the bumper boat|
|You can see why they’re called bumper boats|
|Our éclusier beating us to the next lock|
Our man was a bit eager today and twice I had to shout, ‘Non, non!’ as he started to let water into the lock before we were ready. It wasn’t easy to get our loops over the bollards on these locks and Karen had to climb up the lock ladders to do it. The guy had started letting water in before she was safely back on board with the line tied to the front dollies.
We’ve noticed how all the lock cottages we have seen so far on this canal are all built to the same design and we have also noticed that they all have wells and that they all look the same too.
|Well outside a lock cottage (with two éclusier vans)...|
|…the equivalent of British garden gnomes…|
|…and, unusually, an uninhabited lock cottage (the bike belongs to an éclusier)|
I’ve talked about how easy we find the waterways guides are to follow. What we have only just noticed is that the scale is not the same all the way through, so we need to be aware of this when making rough plans 😉
|The page on the left is double the scale of the next page on the right|
|Moored outside the ‘port office’ at Cravant|
Just as we were getting ready to pack up there was a knock on the door; it was a VNF éclusier who we hadn’t seen before. He wanted to know when we were planning on hitting the next locks. I told him we would stay in Cravant for the rest of the day and move on after the éclusier lunch hour at 1.00 on Friday.
This exchange taught me and Karen that we need to get used to agreeing our planned timings for each day in advance so that we can present a united front to any enquirer. Fortunately, Karen was also in agreement with the timings I gave 😉
We moved out of the ‘port’ and moored behind the wreck of a boat you can just see in the picture above. Paul & Sue on Flubys caught up with us and moored in front of us for the night too.
|One of the old gateways into the town|
|Centre of Cravant|
|Le lavoir or old wash house (Buddy had had a good drink)|
|Commemorating the battle of Cravant of 1423, one of the battles of the 100 years war|
We fancied spending Saturday in Vermenton which is at the end of the Canal d’Accolay, a short canal that leaves the Nivernais at Bazarnes. The Canal d’Accolay was opened in 1880, some 40 years after the Nivernais, and is so named as it runs past the village of Accolay. It is also known as the Canal de la Cure as it is fed by the River Cure which feeds the canal at its start at Vermenton.
As we weren’t going to be cruising far on Friday, we had arranged with the éclusier to leave Cravant after their lunch break at 1.00pm. We were privileged today as we had two éclusiers, each in their own van.
|Our two éclusiers closing the gates after us at Maunoir lock|
|Turning left at Bazarnes|
|Going into La Noue|
|Keeping pace with us whilst walking|
|Flying off after an abortive fishing expedition|
|Heading into Accolay|
|Moored at Accolay|
|Accolay had a lavoir as well as Cravant but this one was right next to the canal|
|Notice of expensive moorings|
|Buddy showing a keen interest in chickens|