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“An amazing structure”

The nine Locks of Fonseranes
Ranked #2 of 52 things to do in Beziers
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed June 15, 2013

The run of 7 locks at Fonserannes, in Bezier is rightly a great tourist attraction and an insight into 17th century French engineering. Towards the end of the Canal du Midi, this is a good place to go for an afternoon. It was amazing watching boats coming and going through the circular lock with three entrances

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

I've never seen a ladder of locks used this spectacularly before - open the gates 2 locks above the boat ascending! The water coming out of the sluices and the turbulence in the lock chamber was spectacular but also scary.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Kids probably wouldn't be impressed but it is worth a visit to marvel at the 17th century engineering.

Thank lgmd2005
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

The seven locks that form the stairway for boats, plus two more that are part of the general system nearby, provide a spectacle that sees visitors following the passage of the boats up and down this fairly steep hill, all commenting animatedly about the system and the relative skills of the boat drivers and their wives running along the sides hauling and tying the ropes.
Each pond is oval shaped and big enough for two or three pleasure boats, and to see how the whole journey is organised, from the strict time slots for going either up or down; 2 slots in the morning, 2 in the afternoon to the lock keepers who have to electronically control each lock in turn as they follow the boats along.
Traffic lights hold waiting boats at each end where large holding bays can see a bank up of boats.
The system is too small to handle large barges, so a second system alongside which uses a movable lock that contains enough water to float a barge, runs along a sloping canal. We didn't see that working however.

There is a cafe, tourist office, souvenir shops and boat hire facilities, so you can plan a whole morning there if you want.
The ecluses can be reached by car or by walking down from the old town and back over the bridges or by a circular walk from near the station, along the canal to see the other locks, and back to town, which takes about an hour and half or longer if you want to watch boats negotiating this stretch of the canal. Signposting for walkers or cyclists could be improved.

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Reviewed May 25, 2013

We only visited due to seeing all the good reviews on trip advisor.

A really nice change to do an activity which everyone enjoyed without paying for it. its amazing the height difference of the river from top to bottom. if your thinking of taking a look its well worth your time especially if the suns shining.

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