Canals & intimate rivers
22,20 Km
1 h 53 min
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22,20 km cycling route from Chalon-sur-Saône to Santenay

This EuroVelo 6 stage takes you from Chalon to the Canal du Centre which then heads southwest to meet the Loire. This stage is especially peaceful and pleasant, running beside a canal enjoyed by fishermen and boating holiday-makers making for the Loire port of Digoin. The cycling is easy, exclusively on greenways, except as you leave town.

Elevation of the stage

0 m 31 m

Waytypes of the stage

Cycle path: 19,80 km By road: 2,39 km

Surface of the stage

Lisse: 2,52 km Inconnu: 19,67 km

The route

From central Chalon, join the old canal in the St-Gobain Quarter by following the Paris road (the N 6, with clearly-marked cycle paths). Then enjoy unbroken greenways up to the entrance to Santenay. To arrive in the centre, use the provisional stretch along the Route de Chauchien (the D 113). Cross the railway track via Rue du Moulin Saule.

SNCF train services

Train stations at Chalon, Chagny and Santenay
TER regional line via Paris > Dijon > Beaune > Chalon > Mâcon > Lyon (numerous trains – bikes can be taken on board free of charge)
TGV high-speed line via Paris > Dijon > Chalon, with a limited number of spaces for bikes, and only if reserved in advance (6 bikes per train, by reservation only)
TER regional line via Chalon > Chagny > Santenay > Montchanin (c. 6 trains per day).

Don’t miss

Chalon-sur-Saône: beautiful old buildings along the Saône quays ; the quarter around St Vincent Cathedral; Ile St-Laurent (an island); several museums, including that on photography (invented here!) – Chagny: a charming stop with a lively port, plus the pretty locks between Chagny and Fragnes – Fragnes: with a waterway stop open to cyclists – Santenay: an elegant village with a casino –  

Markets :

Chalon-sur-Saône: Friday and Sunday mornings
Chagny: Sunday mornings
Santenay: Thursday mornings (summer only)

Tourist Offices

Santenay: tel 03 80 20 63 15
Chalon: tel 03 85 48 37 97
Chagny: tel 03 85 87 25 95

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