The Route

The story mentions two routes across France. Foster paddled the first with Tim Franklin. They threaded the canals and rivers from Calais to port St Louis one winter. Choosing September in which to paddle the second route with Kristin Nelson, for ideal weather, Foster started at Sete and finished at Royan. This book, Kayak across France, focuses mostly on this second adventure, occasionally contrasting the first, longer, winter trip. The earlier adventure was punctuated by many hilarious escapades. Nothing is ever quite as expected!

If you have read the book and want to learn more, contact Nigel Foster about giving a presentation to your organization and get the stories first-hand. Why not follow the route yourself, by kayak, canoe, on foot or by bicycle?
Sketch map of canal and river routes across France
Kayak routes across France on sketch map