|Burgundy boasts nearly 1000km of signposted and safe cycling trails, the majority of which form part of the itinerary of "Le Tour de Bourgogne à vélo ®". This major circuit, and many others besides, are all listed on this site. They are made up of Greenway routes and cycling routes, usually running alongside canals along the towpaths, but also travelling down former railway lines or across small roads and pathways through the vineyards.
These cycling trails will provide you with an overview of everything that makes Burgundy so charming:
En route to an escapade along the Canal de Bourgogne, from the Tonnerrois to the Auxois: villages with character and landscapes of Bocage hedgerows mark the pace of your pleasant journey along the towpaths. Remember to include some of the supplementary loops during your journey so that you can explore some of the jewels of our region’s heritage. The Château d'Ancy-le-Franc plunges you right into the Renaissance, the Abbey of Fontenay transports you back to the Middle Ages and you can travel even further back in time along the loop that leads to Alésia, following in the footsteps of Vercingetorix and Caesar in 52 B.C.
In Burgundy, river tourism and cycling tourism go hand in hand. The many kilometres of towpaths that run alongside the navigable rivers and canals provide a host of trails along which you can cycle. At the water’s edge, along the Blue Route that flanks the River Saône or along the River Loire, cyclists and pleasure boaters often cross paths. Bike or boat? There is one thing they both agree on; the tranquillity and the beauty of the setting.
It is fair to say that the Voie des Vignes trail that connects Beaune with Santenay is aptly named. The cycling equivalent of the Grands Crus Route stretches for 22 kilometres through the vines. Vosne-Romanée, Montrachet... prestigious appellations which will entice you to hop off your bike.
On the path of the Tour de Bourgogne à Vélo, the Greenway route along the Canal du Nivernais cuts through the beautiful land that is the Morvan, with cliffs and the clifftop villages that dot the hillsides planted with cherry orchards. Between Corbigny and Châtillon-en-Bazois, a cavalcade of 16 locks brings life to this trail. This is known as a "chain of locks". Further to the east in the Morvan Regional Nature Park, the Grande Traversée du Morvan crosses the park from north to south. It is ideal for those who love big thrills. Mountain bikes and helmets are obligatory to enjoy this adrenaline rush to the full as you set off to conquer the peaks, valleys and slopes of the Morvan. Remember to take the time to stop and enjoy the exceptional views as you approach the Great Lakes of the Morvan and take advantage of the tranquillity of the forest.
Accueil Vélo is a national label that was created in 2013 and which is very useful in identifying establishments that really know how to welcome cyclists. All this guarantees visitors on two wheels a warm welcome and a range of services that perfectly meet their needs.