The Waterways of France

A Collection of Photographs taken by Tony Clayton


The River Lot Navigation


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The River Lot Navigation fell out of use in the 1920's, and although several sections have been restored there remain obstructions between a derelict lock at St.Vite (near Fumel) and the Fumel hydro-electric barrage. and also at a barrage just upstream of Luzech.


'Middle' Lot


The centre section between St.Vite and Luzech is having work done on it, and several of the locks have been restored and one eliminated. Work is progressing on dredging, but the hydro-electric schemes at Luzech and Fumel, and a deep lock at Albas, present problems.


Fumel

Fumel weir from upstream, site of Lock 9, 2015

Fumel

Fumel weir from Fumel Chateau, 2014

Fumel

Looking upstream near Fumel, 2015


In May 2013 I visited Castelfranc Lock 18 while the river was in awesome spate. Things were a little better two days later.


Castelfranc

Castelfranc Lock and Weir, 2013

Castelfranc

Castelfranc Lock, 2013

Castelfranc

Castelfranc Weir, 2013

Castelfranc

Castelfranc Lock, 2013

Castelfranc

Castelfranc Lock, 2013


At Luzech there is this major barrage requiring a deep lock to bypass it. In the town itself a big bow in the river was originally bypassed by a cut that is now the main street.


Luzech Barrage

The Hydro-electric barrage at Luzech, 2013
The site of Lock 20 is a short distance downstream


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v1 14th October 2015

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