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Canal des Ardennes, Vouziers Branch 20 Apr 2018 18:49 #97980

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Thanks Bob, it will be interesting to see how they respond. Brendan

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Canal des Ardennes, Vouziers Branch 20 Apr 2018 15:13 #97976

Hello Brendan,

I have written to the VNF Direction Territoriale Bassin de la Seine, UTI Canaux de Picardie, Champagne-Ardenne, to ask the status of this embranchment. I will revert here once I receive their reply. Probably too late for your hoped-for visit, but hopefully may indicate what the delay in solving the problem might be.

Bob

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Canal des Ardennes, Vouziers Branch 18 Apr 2018 18:50 #97910

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Thanks to everyone for the additional information. We reached the control lock/ ecluse 27 and asked the lock keeper if we could take the Vouzier branch. He was helpful but explained that there were issues with the electrics. There was no indication as to if and when the branch may be reopened. This is a pity as those like us who don't want to cross to the Meuse ( in our case, partly because we were travelled there last year ) would like to take the short trip to Vouzier. Perhaps everyone who passes through lock 27 should ask whether they can go to Vouzier? The route is along 12km of canal with just four locks, the last one being only 12cm? Brendan
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Canal des Ardennes, Vouziers Branch 18 Apr 2018 12:04 #97903

> weed is a problem, especially in the summer -

I think I saw this canal when travelling the area by car several years ago and was concerned about the amount of weed, probably largely through lack of use by boats. Probably OK this time of year. Peter

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Canal des Ardennes, Vouziers Branch 18 Apr 2018 11:54 #97902

Hi Brendan,
If you do make it to Vouziers, let us know and please create (because one doesn't exist) an entry in the Waterways Guide. The depth is officially 1.8 m according to www.french-waterways.com/waterways/north-east/canal-ardennes/ who say that weed is a problem, especially in the summer - to the extent that it makes it almost impossible to traverse during the summer. Perhaps that means you'll be lucky.
Good luck!
Ian

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Canal des Ardennes, Vouziers Branch 18 Apr 2018 10:05 #97895

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Thanks Peter, I have just checked at www.vnf.fr/calculitinerairefluvial/app/Main.html and it too is showing that the route is open. As we are only one lock and and a few kilometres away we will go and take a look. Brendan
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Canal des Ardennes, Vouziers Branch 17 Apr 2018 17:14 #97890

Interestingly PC Navigo (recently updated for stoppages) says the waterway is open. They are not always right but It would be worth your while to ask locally when you get there. I can't tell you anything about the branch as I've previously gone straight past!

Peter

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Canal des Ardennes, Vouziers Branch 17 Apr 2018 16:52 #97889

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I think that I have found the answer to my question. This morning we happened to pass through a lock where a very helpful off-duty VNF guy lived. He had spent a year in Australia so his English was good and he was keen to talk. Apparently, about a year ago ( say April 2017) there had been problems with the locks along the Embranchement de Vouziers and the branch is currently closed. He had no knowledge as to when it would reopen but suggested that lock keeper at the bottom of the flight near Semuy may have more information. It is a pity that the branch is closed as going along little used waterways can be interesting.

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Brendan on board Brunel

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Canal des Ardennes, Vouziers Branch 16 Apr 2018 18:35 #97874

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We are cruising up the Canal des Ardennes and appear to have the waterway to ourselves! In a couple of days, we are thinking of taking the Embranchement de Vouziers but can find little information. Has anyone used this branch and/or is able to offer advice? Thanks, Brendan

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