Thursday, 30 September 2010

From Peronne via Canal du Nord to Pont L’Eveque

Sunday 12th June 2005 

Left Port Peronne at 9.30am  to be in the first lock of the day at 10.00am.  We knew from the Navicarte books that on Sundays the locks were open for shorter hours and closed at 6.00pm.  

It was another lovely day although the wind was still chilly, in total we travelled  47km,  which included 7 locks and the 'Souterrain de Pannetene' tunnel which was 1.05km long, and none of which presented any problems.

Pont L'Eveque

Once again, as we began to think about stopping for the evening, we found that there were no suitable canal side moorings.  Any that had been marked in the Navicarte guide book seemed to be permanently occupied by people living aboard in the large barges, so we carried on to a little village called  Pont L’Eveque near Noyon.  There were no public moorings as such but we managed to find a spot on the side of a little street which was very pretty.  There were very few mooring bollards so we had to tie up to lamp posts which displayed a sign ‘do not tie up to street furniture’ (oh dear).  

Opposite to the mooring was a small boatyard carrying out works to the large barges (peniches) converting them from work boats to luxury living accommodation.  The village itself was very small and pretty, just a pub which also seems to double up as the shop and post office and a bakers.     
The Pub / Village Store and Post Office at Pont L'Eveque

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