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Cycling Routes in Burgundy
veloroutes and the voie verte
The véloroutes or cycle tracks in Burgundy have now been extended - in total there are 800 km of cycle routes creating an almost continuous route around the region. These signposted tracks may be roads, paths or voies vertes. The routes are divided up as Southern Burgundy, Canal du Centre, Canal du Nivernais, Canal de Bourgogne and the Vineyard Route.
The Comité Régional du Tourisme de Bourgogne has brought out an excellent new series of themed maps. 'Cycling in Burgundy' highlighting the major sights with clear illustrations. Available from tourist offices throughout the region, free of charge in a selection of languages.
Southern Burgundy Route
If you are arriving by train, TGV Mâcon-Loche, Mâcon-Ville and Chalon-Ville are the nearest stations to the route and it is possible to rent bikes (see list in la Voie Verte publication details below).
En route there are car parks, toilets, picnic places and other amenities to help make the journey enjoyable.
Branching off along la Voie Vert there are an additional 21 loop circuits.
For self-catering accommodation in Southern Burgundy see Burgundy Holiday Homes direct from owner.
Most recently completed, the Canal du Centre véloroute runs from Cronat to Chalon-sur-Saône.
For nature lovers, the Canal du Nivernais is the most beautiful waterway in Burgundy with unspoilt villages and pretty countryside along the route. Stay at the bed and breakfast Villa Castel Danynou on the bank of the canal at lock 30 and make excursions each day along the canal.
The following publications are available from the Tourist Offices:
The Canal du Nivernais from Decize to Auxerre, 190 km in length.
Michelin 'Canal du Nivernais à Vélo', in French only, 9.90 euros from the Auxerre Tourist Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
The scenery along the Canal de Bourgogne is completely different being less wooded with more open fields, crops of dazzling yellow rape and wheat fields with poppies and cornflowers. En route you have a couple of Burgundy's finest chateaux, Ancy-le-Franc and Tanlay. The Abbey of Fontenay and Semur-en-Auxois are nearby. You can hire bikes from the tourist offices at Sens, Migennes, Tonnerre, Auxerre, Ancy le Franc, Montbard, Pouilly and Dijon.
For self-catering holiday accommodation close to the canals, see Burgundy Holiday Homes, direct from owner.
the vineyard route
Cycling through the famous vineyards from Beaune to Santenay is a 20 km route. A map with information about the villages you will pass through is available from the Beaune Tourist Office, 6 Boulevard Perpreuil, 21203 Beaune, price 2 euros.
The IGN Top 100 Road Maps of France (previously Serie Vert), are recommended for cyclists. They come with contours in relief shading and graphic relief is added in high mountainous areas to give a better presentation of the terrain, scale 1:100,000.
Find Your Way With Ease
It is rugged and lighter than many watches as well as waterproof and features an electronic compass, a barometric altimeter and a USB interface. You can even wirelessly share routes, tracks and waypoints between units. It also incorporates a trip computer, sunrise/sunset and hunting and fishing information and can connect to your PC. When it's time to head back, simply turn on the TracBack® feature, and Foretrex will retrace your path back to where you started. Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS Watch.
See Also: Cycling Routes in Franche-Comté
Pam Elson ©burgundytoday.com