Cruising Association launches new Sambre mooring guide

The Cruising Association, in collaboration with its European Inland Waterways Section (EIWS), has published a comprehensive full-colour guide detailing moorings on the Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise and River Sambre.

Spanning 162Km and through 47 locks from Tergnier, where it intersects with the Canal de Saint-Quentin in France, to Charleroi in Belgium and onward into the Meuse at Namur, the Canal de la Sambre à L’Oise and River Sambre provides a picturesque waterway. This guide covers the stretch of the two waterways from Chauny near Tergnier to Charleroi.


Authored by EIWS members James and Carol Littlewood and edited by Gordon Knight, the A4 20-page guide fills a significant gap in information on this important waterway. Once a busy and popular cruising route between Northern France and Belgium, the collapse of two aqueducts 15 years ago made it impassable. Only in 2021 navigation was restored, following a major investment to rebuild the aqueducts and refurbish the infrastructure along the entire 162km route

This new guide provides summary details on all the marinas, haltes and other mooring points, including features such as picnic stops along the waterway. Additionally, it provides essential information on facilities, shopping and nearby attractions. Each mooring point is illustrated with a colour photo, making this guide the only detailed pictorial reference available for cruising this route.

The digital format of the guide incorporates numerous hyperlinks to additional online information. CA members can also access links to the latest updates on CAptain's Mate.



The new CA publication compliments a further 16 similar guides to French inland waterways, covering the Canal du Centre; Canal du Loing and Canal de Briare; Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne; Canal Latéral à la Loire; Canal Latéral à la Marne; the River Marne; the Upper Moselle; Canal du Rhône au Rhin; Canal du Rhône au Rhin(Nord) and Canal de Colmar; Canal de la Marne au Rhin (Est); Canal de la Marne au Rhin (Ouest); Petite Saône; Canal de la Sarre and River Saar; Canal de l’Aisne à la Marne; Canal de l’Oise à l’Aisne and Canal Latéral à l’Aisne and River Aisne.

The guide to the Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise and River Sambre is priced at £6.50 and is available for purchase in both print and digital (free to members) formats through the Cruising Association's online shop.

For further information on all the CA's inland waterways publications, please visit the European Inland Waterways Section webpages.

20 November 2023