From Ray-sur-Saône, take the D27 county road to join the Saône’s banks. Continue along the Saône’s west bank up to Autet, then cross over to the east bank up to Gray. You then follow the Saône’s towpath, short stretches of which are open to traffic.
At time of writing, this stretch is signposted Charles le Téméraire, but signposts bearing the name L’échappée bleue and the signs for La Moselle-Saône à Vélo should soon be in place.
Be aware: along the sections that are closed to ordinary traffic, note that you may still encounter service vehicles and anglers’ cars.
Ray-sur-Saône: a cité de caractère (or characterful little town) in the Bourgogne Franche-Comté Region; the château
Savoyeux: tunnel and river port
Autet: beach and guinguette (riverside outdoor café); bicycle hire
Gray: the river port; the basilica, the townhall, the theatre, the stone bridge, the château (containing the Baron Martin Museum), the upper town, guided tours, the range of shops