Canals & intimate rivers
29,77 Km
2 h 07 min
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29,77 km cycling route from Mailly-le-Château to Clamecy

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.

Elevation of the stage

74 m 50 m

Waytypes of the stage

Cycle path: 24,36 km By road: 5,41 km

Surface of the stage

Lisse: 8,38 km Inconnu: 21,38 km

Route details

Greenway from Mailly-le-Château, although for the time being you have to take a stretch of road between Coulanges and Lucy. North of Clamecy, you have to go along a stretch of the D 144 road to reach the river port.

SNCF train services

Train stations at Mailly-la-Ville, Châtel-Censoir, Coulanges and Clamecy
TER regional line Paris > Auxerre > Cravant > Clamecy > Corbigny (c. 5 trains per day). Note that few trains go further south than Cravant and check timetables closely before setting out. Also consider the option of using a specialist private minibus shuttle service – see

Tourist information

Clamecy: tel 03 86 27 02 51

Don’t miss

Mailly-le-Château: the fortified village – the views - Merry-sur-Yonne: the Saussois Rocks - Châtel-Censoir: the historic village – the 11th-century collegiate church – the views - Coulanges-sur-Yonne: once a Roman settlement, with a significant river port - Crain: a former Gallo-Roman settlement - Clamecy: historic capital of the river mariners who floated wood downstream – lovely 12th-century church – historic quarters - Musée Romain Rolland (on the 1915 winner of the Nobel Prize for literature), tel 03 86 27 17 99


Châtel-Censoir: Thursday mornings
Coulanges-sur-Yonne: Tuesday mornings
Clamecy: Saturday mornings

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