We return to the Canal Central and the new Strepy-Thieu, this one boat lift now replacing the four old ones. That means ascending seventythree metres in one of the two vast holding tanks in one go. At the top, a pair of sparrowhawks were nesting.
This structure dominates the landscape for miles and remains controversial. We were the only boat around this time (and on future occasions) so, as was often the way, it was operated just for us. Built at enormous expense for the commercials, they rarely use it.