Canals & intimate rivers
29,38 Km
1 h 57 min
I cycle often
Cronat / Decize
Between Loire and Burgundy, on this stage you enter the western Burgundian county of the Nièvre, also known as the Nivernais. You cycle for a short stretch beside the Loire before heading across hilly terrain to join the Canal du Nivernais. A greenway leads to the pretty mariners’ town of Decize, back beside the Loire. A stage for experienced cyclists.
170.57 m 134.44 m


Along calm but hilly roads that don’t present any major difficulties. Then it’s a greenway along the Canal du Nivernais up to St-Léger-des-Vignes. At Decize, be careful of the busier traffic. Note that there are few services on this stage, so stock up on food and drink before setting off.


Railway station - SNCF

Decize station
TER (local services) : Dijon > Montchanin > Decize > Nevers


Don’t miss

Cronat: a village looking down on the Loire Valley. Only one or two shops and services here.
Thareau: an old port on the Loire
Decize: a pretty mariners’ town centred around a rocky island at the junction of the Loire and the Canal du Nivernais. Historic quarters, St Aré Church and covered market. River activities include trips on a traditional gabare Loire boat.
Nearby: La Machine: a mining museum you can reach via a cycle path from the village of Champvert on the Canal du Nivernais



Decize : Friday morning


Tourist Information centre

Decize : +33(0)3 86 25 27 23

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