Stripped!

Route to Nevers

Route to Nevers

We drove an easy 60 miles up the N7 to Nevers and stopped there for a couple of nights at Camping Nevers (N46.98222 E 2.36191). This is a small and friendly site on the south bank of the Loire, looking over the river to old Nevers on the opposite bank.

View from Mavis

View from Mavis

Campsite from opposite bank of the Loire

Campsite from opposite bank of the Loire

The site is very close to a cycle ride along a short canal. This leads to the veloroute along the lateral canal of the Loire. There is also an excellent cycle shop…La roué Libre…about half a mile from the campsite. A back axle nut had stripped its thread (overloading issue related to three well fed terriers) and the guys in the shop cleaned it up and replaced the nut and washer. On the spot, no messing. €2 please!

We met a delightful couple of cyclists (Nia: ‘Do you speak English’. Maureen: ‘I am English’) at the campsite who gave us directions to the cycling. John and Maureen, it turned out, live about 15 miles from us, in Cumbria.

Feeder canal to Lateral canal of the Loire.

Feeder canal to Lateral canal of the Loire.

Lateral Canal of Loire.

Lateral Canal of Loire.

Viaduct over the Allier

Viaduct over the Allier

After about 8 km, heading west, we arrived at this viaduct which crosses 200 feet or so above the River Allier, which is heading north, shortly to join the Loire.
Spot the rainclouds? We were caught in a thunderstorm on the way back, just as Nia got a puncture. We found a bridge to shelter under while we fixed it.

Looking north along the Allier

Looking north along the Allier

The lock which drops boats down from the viaduct over the Allier

The lock which drops boats down from the viaduct over the Allier

There are masses of house martins here roosting under the viaduct, and quite a number of terns.

One good Turn.

One good Turn.

Fishing

Fishing

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The Loire is rich in bird life. We saw this guy busy knocking holes in a rotten tree by the canal side.

Black Woodpecker

Black Woodpecker

Swifts

Swifts

The sky above the bridge at Nevers was packed with swifts.

The Loire from the bridge at Nevers

The Loire from the bridge at Nevers

Nevers has a good selection of old buildings.

Ducal Palace

Ducal Palace

10th Century Church

10th Century Church

Cathedral from the north

Cathedral from the north

There is an impressive 6-16 century cathedral, its tower currently swathed in scaffolding.

Des res in Nevers. Facing south, overlooking the river.

Des res in Nevers. Facing south, overlooking the river.

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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5 comments on “Stripped!
  1. paulsliwa1 says:

    I will be in nevers later this year….i speak english too, did you have a hard time with only english? Thanks

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