Canals & intimate rivers
48,08 Km
2 h 29 min
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48,08 km cycling route from Nancy to Charmes

La Voie Bleue’s route leads you out of Nancy along a lovely green corridor close to the Meurthe River and its parallel canal. You rejoin the Moselle via a connecting canal, going past the magnificent Château de Montaigu and its grounds. Back by the Moselle, the route continues to Charmes via an unspoilt, bucolic stretch. Riding merrily along the towpath beside the Canal des Vosges, a highlight along this portion is the canal bridge at Flavigny-sur-Moselle.

Elevation of the stage

11 m 73 m

Waytypes of the stage

Cycle path: 47,92 km By road: 0,17 km

Surface of the stage

Lisse: 48,08 km

The route

Leaving Nancy, you rejoin the Meurthe on this river’s west bank (the way signposted ‘Boucle de la Moselle’), then you follow the Canal de la Meurthe. At Laneuveville-devant-Nancy, La Voie Bleue leads you beside the canal linking Meurthe and Moselle Rivers (using the same track here as the V52 cycle route, leading to Strasbourg via the Canal de la Marne au Rhin). Take care on the very steep stretch at the level where you reach a public transport hub, especially as visibility is not good here. Also take care crossing the RD570 road close to the A33 motorway at the level of the wind turbines (RD115 road).

⚠ The section between Méréville and Gripport (27km in length), going along the Canal des Vosges, is undergoing repair works from June to September 2020. A diversion allows cyclists to carry on their journey by using the RD570 road – take care, as this can be fairly busy with traffic. These works should be finished by the time French schools go back in September 2020.


Leaving the centre of Nancy, La Voie Bleue follows the same path as the Boucle de la Moselle cycle route, up to the junction with the Canal des Vosges.

SNCF (French national railways network)

TER Line Nancy <> Varangéville - Saint-Nicolas <> Blainville - Damelevières <> Bayon <> Charmes <> Épinal

Don't miss

  • Nancy: Place Stanislas and the 18th century complex listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Museum of Fine Arts, Ecole de Nancy Museum dedicated to the Nancy Art Nouveau movement, Museum-Aquarium, Parc de la Pépinière.
  • Jarville: Montaigu park and castle and Iron History Museum.
  • Flavigny-sur-Moselle: from the canal bridge, you can observe the villa des sources and enjoy a beautiful view of the wild Moselle.
  • Bainville-aux-Miroirs: come and discover the interpretive trail of the wild Moselle which will reveal the secrets of its mobility, its fauna and flora so special! You will also observe the ruins of the castle, built in 1261 by Henri 1st, Count of Vaudémont and destroyed by the Dukes of Lorraine in 1468.

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