The Waterways of France

A Collection of Photographs taken by Tony Clayton


The River Lot Navigation


The Middle Lot <<-- : -->> The Lower Lot


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.


Upper Lot


The Upper Lot is navigable from Luzech through Cahors to Larnagol, with Locks 21 (Cessac) to 37 (Cenevieres) restored to use. Originally there were a further 20 locks up to Port d'Agres, a few of which appear to be in working order, but two tunnels used to bypass long bends have been used as part of hydroelectric schemes.


Pont Valentre

Pont Valentré and Lock 25, Cahors, 2012

Pont Valentre

Pont Valentré and Lock 25, Cahors, 2012

Cahors Weir

The weir at Cahors, 2012

Below Ganil Lock 33 There is a spectacular section where the towpath has been cut into a vertical rock face.
Cliff towpath

The towpath downstream of Ganil Lock, 2015

Cliff towpath

In one section beautiful carvings have recently been made in the cliff face.

Cliff towpath

A close-up of the carvings.

Cliff towpath

The view downstream.

Ganil Lock

Ganil Lock 33 from below, 2015

Ganil Lock

Ganil Lock 33 from below, 2015

Ganil Lock

A boat arrived - the wife was left to work the lock herself!

Ganil Lock

So I lent a hand. To move the gate is difficult if you do not put your foot on a small catch that locks the rack!

Ganil Lock

The paddle gear was very easy to use but took a lot of turns (photo taken by my son-in-law).

Ganil Lock

Ganil Lock 33 from above, 2015

Ganil Lock

Ganil Lock Cottage, 2015.
Note the height of the front door, just above flood level.

Ganil Lock

Ganil Weir and the cliffs opposite

St.Cirq Lock

The river at St.Circ-Lapopie, 2013

St.Cirq Lock

The river at St.Circ-Lapopie, 2013

St.Cirq Lock

Lock 34 at St.Circ-Lapopie from the village, 2013


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