Paray-le-Monial

Crossing the Loire River in Digoin on the way to Paray-le-Monial

Crossing the Loire River in Digoin on the way to Paray-le-Monial

From Decize we made a succession of one-night stops in Gammy-sur-Loire, Diou, Digoin, until we reached Paray-le-Monial. Wanderlust spent two nights in Paray. With guests on board and an itinerary to match, our pace was quicker than usual. But it is also true that we chose to spend more time in the more interesting places we encounter. Neither Gammy-sur-Loire, Diou, nor Digoin appealed to us enough to make us want to extend our stay. For us, Paray-le-Monial with its Romanesque church and pleasant town center was the best place to spend an extra day, or days, if we had the time.

(Wanderlust reached Paray-le-Monial on the 27th of May 2015. By our calculations Paray is 76 kilometer with 19 locks from Decize.)

Paray's church and cloister

Paray’s church and cloister

A chapel outside of Paray-le-Monial's church.

A chapel outside of Paray-le-Monial’s church.

A quiet street in Paray-le-Monial

A quiet street in Paray-le-Monial

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The cloister and church

The cloister and church

Escargot is a regional dish of Burgundy, just ahead on our route.

Escargot is a regional dish of Burgundy, just ahead on our route.

A long straight section of the Canal latéral à la Loire

A long straight section of the Canal latéral à la Loire

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5 thoughts on “Paray-le-Monial

  1. I’ve heard comments that the Canal Lateral à la Loire is pretty shallow. We’re 1.2/1.25, not sure about Wanderlust. Any feeling for the depth?

    • I vaguely recall a story about this posted to the DBA a while back. Wanderlust (1.0m) did not encounter any issues. Certainly nothing that we noticed. They only spot for concern was a silted in section on the Canal de Briare and that was easy to avoid and not that shallow. We did see a loaded commercial on the Canal Lateral à la Loire. Not sure how far they went towards Digoin but they definitely draw well more than we do.

      Are you sure that this wasn’t on the Canal du Centre? There were yearly water shortages there that went away last season. (We were told by several people that there was plenty of water after the manager of the canal was changed!) That being said we didn’t have any issues on the Centre either. In fact, we planned our route via the Bourbonnais Route first assuming that the Centre would run out of water at the end of the season and the Bourgogne would be OK. The opposite turned out to be the case and, if we planned to travel the initial figure-eight loop in other, Bourgogne-first direction, we would have been able to travel as planned without major changes.

      Anyway, short answer, we did not have any problems with shallow water. As usual it is always good to query on the forums to get the latest.

      • Yes, the comment came from Michael Walsh’s blog, definitely the Loire, but I vaguely recall the term ‘silt’ so maybe it’s that feature. I’m really hanging out for some commentary on approx 1.2 m draft on the Nivernais – not too hopeful on that one.

      • Tim Harold takes his hotel Barge Randle on the Nivernais. His draft is very close to yours. Randle goes to the summit and back to Auxerre several times so I think you could do that section sans issues. (His air draft is a little more than ours.) There’s another, larger hotel barge that does some portion of this also. So an out and back should be possible at least. Tim is on the DBA forums so you could probably PM him or at least search for his comments.

        The descent from the summit to Decize could be different. There are numerous low bridges listed in Breil though I believe the measurements are on the sides of the arches. I’d definitely want more information for this part before I tried it.

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