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The Nivernais canal by bike / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

[ Cycle route Burgundy by bike ]
  • 206 km

The Canal du Nivernais is a lovely waterway that meanders down through Western Burgundy, linking Yonne and Loire Rivers. Its greenway, forming an important part of the Tour de Bourgogne à Vélo (Burgundy by Bike), takes you on a north-south trip via the gem of Auxerre to Decize by the Loire. Note the link with the Canal de Bourgogne between Migennes and Auxerre. This cycling trip is filled with natural and heritage delights. Count 4 to 5 days for it.

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Stages of « The Nivernais canal by bike / Bourgogne-Franche-Comté »

  • The Nivernais Canal by Bike, from Migennes to Auxerre

    The Nivernais Canal by Bike, from Migennes to Auxerre [23.7 km]

    This stage provides the link between the Burgundy Canal by Bike at Migennes and the Nivernais Canal by Bike at Auxerre. It is not an officially laid-out route, but it is lovely, allowing you to go from Migennes to Auxerre by bike without hassle, following the Yonne River closely. The stage doesn’t present any difficulties, but focus on the route, as it isn’t signposted.

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  • The Nivernais Canal by Bike, from Auxerre to Mailly-le-Château

    The Nivernais Canal by Bike, from Auxerre to Mailly-le-Château [32.2 km]

    With this stage of the Nivernais Canal by Bike, you can leave the lively river port at Auxerre with ease. From the outset, you’ll be struck by the power of the Yonne River. You reach Cravant via a route running along the foot of pretty hills planted with vines and cherry trees. Then you pass through a gorge with striking cliffs and perched villages.

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  • The Nivernais Canal by Bike, from Mailly le Château to Clamecy

    The Nivernais Canal by Bike, from Mailly le Château to Clamecy [31 km]

    This Nivernais Canal by Bike stage passes at the foot of impressive cliffs. Around here, the Yonne has carved out many meanders, but the canal shortens the way. On the final bend, medieval Clamecy comes into view. Trade from its port was dominated by floating wood downstream. Discover the rich local heritage via greenways, plus a few stretches on roads.

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  • Canal du Nivernais, de Clamecy à Chitry-les-Mines

    Canal du Nivernais, de Clamecy à Chitry-les-Mines [32.6 km]

    This Nivernais Canal by Bike stage sticks close to the Yonne before the river comes down from the Morvan hills. The greenway runs beside the canal, with its sweet raising bridges, locks and old villages that give it typical Nivernais charm. This area is associated with a beloved French fictional character, ginger-haired Poil de Carotte. Note the detour by road to reach Corbigny.

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  • The Nivernais Canal by Bike, from Chitry-les-Mines to Châtillon-en-Bazois

    The Nivernais Canal by Bike, from Chitry-les-Mines to Châtillon-en-Bazois [33.2 km]

    After a long straight stretch, this stage of the Nivernais Canal by Bike takes you climbing through La Collancelle Wood. Here, enjoy the array of 16 locks, matched by as many lively lock-keepers’ houses. You reach the highest point on the canal at Port-Brulé Lock and Baye Lake, before descending to Châtillon-en-Bazois. This is a splendid stage.

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  • The Nivernais Canal by Bike, from Châtillon-en-Bazois to Cercy-la-Tour

    The Nivernais Canal by Bike, from Châtillon-en-Bazois to Cercy-la-Tour [35 km]

    This stage of the Nivernais Canal by Bike takes you through the Bazois area, where cattle are reared. Enjoy the countryside dotted with castles and churches as well as forests and pastures, the last filled with white herds. After further meanders, including the striking one at Panneçot, the canal races in a straight line to join the Loire.

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  • Canal du Nivernais, de Cercy-la-Tour à Decize

    Canal du Nivernais, de Cercy-la-Tour à Decize [17.5 km]

    This final stage on the Nivernais Canal by Bike links up with the Loire Valley and the EuroVelo 6 cycle route. The canal ends its journey with a gentle descent beside the Aron River to the port of Saint-Thibault. Enjoy the bucolic greenway in the midst of an historic plain. The stage ends at Decize, a port set at a crossroads of waterways since antiquity.

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