THE CANAL OF ILLE AND RANCE AND THE ELEVEN LOCKS OF HEDE BAZOUGES
The eleven locks, a river challenge
The canal of Ille and Rance was ordered by Napoleon in order to link the ocean to the English Channel. The construction had to answer to a very technical challenge, how to go down 27 meter with a boat. Eleven successive locks over 2 kilometers made this feat possible. These structure offer an unusal and elegant perspective.
A lively patrimony
Today, most of the lock are still manually operated and some lock keeper even live on the bank in houses with fully flourished gardens. You can enjoy the quiet atmosphere given by the round of boats at the lock. Walking, cycling or riding a horse, you can stroll on this nicely arranged way.
How to go to Hede Bazouges
Via D73 and D795 – 29km by car
Via D137 – 40 km by car