About Compass Holidays
Compass Holidays specialise in walking and cycling short breaks and holidays around the UK and Europe. Founded over 20 years ago, our vast expertise means we know how to plan holidays to highlight the very best the countryside has to offer. Compass has also just launched a series of bike & boat tours around some of Italy's most breathtaking coastline.
A unique and active holiday with Compass allows you to get under the skin of the history, culture and natural beauty of some of the UK and Europe's most iconic and stunning locations.
Not only this, Compass will organise your holiday for you so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy your time away. Simply choose your activity, destination, dates and numbers and leave the rest to us. Want to know more about the quality of our service? Here's what our clients have to say....
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In 2013 we were very proud to be a finalist for the Gloucestershire Business Awards. The award that we were recognised for was 'Made in Gloucestershire Export Award'.
Canal du Midi - Thursday 8th October 2015
An early start today, at 9:45 am I cast off pushed the bow of Amity off the bank and jumped on board. A sunny day with a slight breeze. We were heading for Castelnaudery today, home of the dish 'Cassoulet', a mix of beans, tomatoes and pork or duck.
I love Cassoulet (why am I always thinking of my stomach!), Peter is not so keen, too many beans he said.
We meander down the canal and hit our first lock of the day (not literally). The locks on the Canal du Midi are unusual, they have curved walls, evidently in the original construction the locks were rectangular but the walls in one lock collapsed so Riquet redesigned them in an oval shape for added support. The lock gates were originally made of oak with balance beams and each gate had a single large wooden sluice drawn up by a vertical screw.
During the modernisation of the canal in the 1970's new gates of metal construction were fitted along with electric and hydraulic systems for lifting of the sluices and the opening the gates. This has seen the removal of the balance beams.
We arrived in Castelnadary at around 4.30 pm and moored up. We had decided to eat out tonight so the two girls went off to see which restaurant they wanted to eat in, it seems that the boys had no say in the matter. Success, we knew where we were eating.
It seems that all they restaurants served cassoulet so I would be happy. Our table was booked for 8pm so at 7:30 we wandered off to the restaurant. I always have a dilemma in restaurants, to choose something new to try or stick with an old favourite that I really like. This evening was a bit of both, a local delicacy was 'Roasted Bone Marrow' (os ą moelle).
I decided to try this as my starter, roasted with salt this was delicious. You can guess what my main was, yes cassoulet. Peter had fish soup followed by hamburger.
Back to the boat for a couple of games of cards before heading for bed.
Please visit www.compass-holidays.com/canal-du-midi/ to book the Canal tour.
Featured Holiday: Naples and Amalfi's Coast - Italy Walking
This is a self guided walking tour in Naples and along the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Romans and Greeks were there before the growing of the Baroque Palaces and Churches of Spacca Napoli. The biggest artists were all attracted by the charming of Naples, since the early ages to the Romantic period. From the old N'a Polis, founded by Greeks, to the highest glory of the Baroque Age, the city and its surroundings fascinated every traveller, who loved its artistic treasures as well as its lovely climate and the beauty of the nature around.