During this one-way cruise between Plagny and Rogny, sail on the Canal latéral à la Loire to discover the vineyards of Sancerre, ancient cities and monastic battlements. Before reaching Rogny and its famous staircase of locks, you will cross the impressive 662 metre-long Briare canal bridge.
Our boat rental base located in Plagny in the Nivernais is at the confluence of two waterways - the Canal latéral à la Loire and the Canal du Nivernais, one of the most famous destinations for canal boating holidays.
Plagny: Near (6km) to city of Nevers – capital of earthenware, Former F1 race circuit and ‘Musée Ligier F1’ at Magny Cours with a collection of F1 cars (10km)
Pont-canal du Guétin: Sail across the 18-arch Guetin canal bridge, the “Bec d'Allier” protected natural area with hiking trails and bird observatory.
Marseille-lès-Aubigny: Old maritime town, the natural meeting point of the Canal latéral à la Loire and the Canal du Berry
La Charité-sur-Loire: Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims of Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, 16th century stone bridge, Eglise Notre Dame (8th century roman architecture), historic ramparts and fortifications.
Sancerre: ‘Maison des Sancerre’ wine museum, ‘La tour des fiefs’ 14th century château remains, splendid view of the Loire valley, 16th century belfry, many shops selling art and crafts.
St Satur/ St Thibault: Old abbey, recreation centre with swimming pools, tennis courts and mini-golf, ‘Sancerrois’ golf club (18 holes)
Châtillon-sur-Loire: The Mantelot lock, 12th century ruins of Château Gaillard, 16th and 17th century wine growers’ houses, Beaches at the edge of La Loire, the island of Ousson
Briare: The Briare Aqueduct – sail across this 662 metre-long canal bridge, inspired by Gustav, ‘Musée des Emaux’ - museum of Enamels, ‘Musée des deux Marines’ – discovery centre for the Briare Canal and the Canal latéral à la Loire
Rogny: The staircase of seven locks designed by Henry IV. Fireworks display from the locks at the end of July.
When you have explored Rogny, it’s time to turn back and perhaps revisit some of your favourite places on the journey back to Plagny where you will return your canal boat at the Nicols base.
Holiday reviews from Plagny
A relaxing week afloat
This week- long boating in the Loire valley really helped us to destress. This cruise has given us beautiful memories including the discovery of charming villages when we chose to stop, the landscapes between hills and forests, the visit to a vineyard in Sancerre and sailing across the Briare canal bridge.