The Rance at Last!!! (Or don’t forget your umbrella and yard brush!)
Breakfast sorted, camp struck, the motley (and often merry) crew made for the Harbour where once again the RIBs were packed for departure. Some homemade, extremely unique (and incredibly economical
) biminis were constructed and attached to each RIB by various methods (in one of the subsequent photos one may spy the use of a yard brush in securing Merlin’s canopy!). Note also Pete 7’s clever and stylish use of an umbrella!
We rounded the point and headed towards the Barrage. We radioed in for the three o’ clock lock and graciously allowed the bigger boats through first (in actual fact I think some of them were threatening to run us down!!!) Then the Road Bridge was lowered and we lesser beings were squeezed in the back of the lock.
At last we were through and made stately progress down the Rance towards Dinan. The river gradually narrowed and the landscape changed to lush green verges.
Of course we stopped for tea…and of course it involved pains au chocolat
. (France is a very civilised country where fodder is concerned.) We passed through Chatelier
lock on a flooding tide ( this particular lock only operates a few hours either side of highs). We skinned past a Pleasure Cruiser on a very narrow bend
and indeed many bends later we found ourselves in the magical medieval town of Dinan.
Conveniently there was a lengthy quayside ! But what set (some of ) our hearts a-flutter
was the very un-medieval sight of a big brash Best Western Hotel right there beside the moorings!!! As far as I recall, Anto and I were cheering loudly
to distract Pete from looking for campsites! In seconds we were at the Reception Desk booking rooms. An excellent extra treat for Paul & myself on our wedding anniversary!
Martin spies Barrage de la Rance
photo : Paul
Leisurely river safari
photo : Paul