Midi Canal from Toulouse to Carcassonne

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Walk with me along the towpath once used by horses to pull the boats along the Midi Canal
Ecluse de Gardouch, Gardouch, FranceEcluse de GardouchGardouch, FranceJust past Ecluse de Gardouch, Midi Canal, France I don’t normally think of places in terms of fishing spots but if I had a chair and a rod, I think...Ecluse de Gardouch, Gardouch, FranceEcluse de GardouchGardouch, FranceEcluse de Gardouch, Midi Canal, France Lots of boats, lots of cars, lots of people ... No coffee ...Ecluse de Gardouch, Gardouch, FranceEcluse de GardouchGardouch, FranceEcluse de Gardouch, Midi Canal, France A right turn at the bridge would take us in to the village of Gardouch but let's keep walking.Ecluse De Laval, Gardouch, FranceEcluse De LavalGardouch, FranceSomewhere between Ecluses de Laval and Ecluse de Gardouch, Midi Canal, France A little further on from Ecluses de Laval and the scenery and...Ecluse De Laval, Gardouch, FranceEcluse De LavalGardouch, FranceEcluses de Laval, Midi Canal, France The advantage of walking over cycling is that you can stop and turn around as often as you like without...Ecluse De Laval, Gardouch, FranceEcluse De LavalGardouch, FranceEcluses de Laval, Midi Canal, France There are 64 locks (or ecluses en Français) along the Midi Canal which regulate the level and flow of the...Midi Canal towards Ecluses de Laval, Gardouch, FranceMidi Canal towards Ecluses de LavalGardouch, FranceSomewhere between Ecluse de Negra and Ecluses de Laval, Midi Canal, France Lunch is over and it’s time to move on. Once again, cycling looks an...Ecluse de Negra, Montesquieu-Lauragais, FranceEcluse de NegraMontesquieu-Lauragais, FranceEcluse de Negra, Midi Canal, France It’s easy to forget, as we walk along the canal enjoying the solitude, that its raison d’être was boat traffic....Ecluse de Negra, Montesquieu-Lauragais, FranceEcluse de NegraMontesquieu-Lauragais, FranceEcluse de Negra, Midi Canal, France Although it has taken us one and a half days to walk the 33 kilometres to Ecluse de Negra, for boat passengers...Midi Canal towards Ecluse de Negra, Montesquieu-Lauragais, FranceMidi Canal towards Ecluse de NegraMontesquieu-Lauragais, FranceSomewhere between Ecluses du Danglier and Ecluse de Negra, Midi Canal, France The canal is out of sight, down the embankment, beyond all the...Ecluses du Sanglier, Canal du Midi, France, Ayguesvives, FranceEcluses du Sanglier, Canal du Midi, FranceAyguesvives, FranceEcluse du Sanglier, Midi Canal, France One last look and it’s time to get moving ... The sunflowers were so beautiful, it was hard to put the...Ecluses du Sanglier, Canal du Midi, France, Ayguesvives, FranceEcluses du Sanglier, Canal du Midi, FranceAyguesvives, FranceEcluses du Sanglier, Midi Canal, France. I’m pretty sure it’s not allowed but without that riot of yellow sunflowers in the background, the lock...Ecluses du Sanglier, Canal du Midi, France, Ayguesvives, FranceEcluses du Sanglier, Canal du Midi, FranceAyguesvives, FranceEcluses du Sanglier, Midi Canal, France. So many happy smiling yellow faces – our reward for walking in summertime!Ecluses du Sanglier, Canal du Midi, France, Ayguesvives, FranceEcluses du Sanglier, Canal du Midi, FranceAyguesvives, FranceAn hour of walking and five kilometres later at Ecluses du Sanglier and we are rewarded with a yellow haze on the far side of the canal – the...Montgiscard, FranceMontgiscardFranceNo room for error manoeuvring this barge into the first of two locks at Ecluses de Montisgard – thank goodness for the rubber bumpers!Montgiscard, FranceMontgiscardFranceBack on the Midi Canal the next morning and two kilometres along at Ecluses de Montisgard. The markers above the shuttered window are gone but I...Donneville, FranceDonnevilleFranceThe village of Donneville is just off the Midi Canal – a short 700 metre stroll through the sunflowers – if you are here in the summertime, of course!Donneville, FranceDonnevilleFranceHere is where we take a right turn over the bridge and head towards the village of Donneville – our stop for the first night.Donneville, FranceDonnevilleFranceTwenty-two kilometres (14 miles) along the Midi Canal – it’s almost time to call it a day. A leisurely cycle and we would have been here by lunch...Ecluse de Vic, Canal du Midi, France, Castanet-Tolosan, FranceEcluse de Vic, Canal du Midi, FranceCastanet-Tolosan, FranceIt may have seemed that we were alone on the Midi Canal but soon enough, the peace and quiet is shattered ... in the nicest possible way, of course!
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