Canals & intimate rivers
42,07 Km
2 h 48 min
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42,07 km cycling route from Percey-le-Grand to Pontailler-sur-Saône

The Canal entre Champagne & Bourgogne enters Burgundy via the parish of Chaume-et-Courchamps, at the level of Percey-le-Grand. Either side of the canal, the setting is deeply rural, with big agricultural fields, imposing isolated farms surrounded by leafy woods and villages huddled around their churches dotted along the way. To pick up provisions, you’ll need to leave the protective shade of the towpath to meander into these villages. Do take the opportunity to visit the châteaux of Fontaine-Française and Talmay, unmissable stops on this stage. Shortly after Maxilly-sur-Saône, the canal reaches the River Saône and the cycle route links up with that of the Voie Bleue. Now you’re free to explore the heady wine-making areas of Southern Burgundy!

Elevation of the stage

65 m 0 m

Waytypes of the stage

Cycle path: 41,86 km By road: 0,21 km

Surface of the stage

Lisse: 3,51 km Inconnu: 38,57 km

The Route

The greenway is well-surfaced, signposted and laid out, following the towpath beside the canal. There are a few rougher stretches between Percey-le-Grand and Pouilly-sur-Vingeanne. There are also a few short stretches on roads shared with motorized traffic.
As well as the sign-posting, there are kilometre markers in place.


At the level of Heuilley Lock, soon after Maxilly-sur-Saône, you can link to the Voie Bleue cycle route

Tourist Office

Pontailler-sur-Saône : 03 80 47 84 42

SNCF train station

SNCF train station at Is-sur-Tille (25km west of Beaumont-sur-Vingeanne), served by a regional TER service

Don't miss

  • Fontaine-Française: this château has undergone major transformations down the centuries and is accessible via the D105 road from Villeneuve-sur-Vingeanne (6km)
  • Oisilly: viaduct dating from 1867, 294m in length, decorated with lions’ heads (on the former railway line from Gray to Is-sur-Tille)
  • Cheuge: for the drawbridge over the canal
  • Heuilley-sur-Saône: Maison de l’Eau, de la Pêche et de la Nature (on local nature and fishing)
  • Talmay : 18th-century château set in grounds including French-style gardens

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