Canals & intimate rivers
21,97 Km
1 h 27 min
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Pont Royal

21,97 km cycling route from Venarey-les-Laumes to Pont Royal

The first part of this stage of the Burgundy Canal by Bike is dominated by the Mont-Auxois hill, where Caesar vanquished the Gauls at the Siege of Alésia of 52 BC. Tackle the slow ascent of the ‘Valley of 40 Locks’ to the impressive Voûte de Pouilly-en-Auxois, a canal tunnel under Pouilly-town. A memorable stage, with the striking old port at Pont-Royal to see too.

Elevation of the stage

0 m 102 m

Waytypes of the stage

Cycle path: 21,97 km

Surface of the stage

Rugueux: 21,97 km

Route details

On an unbroken greenway. Note that there are very few shops between Venarey and Pouilly, so stock up on provisions before you set off.

SNCF train services

Venarey-les-Laumes train station.
TER regional line Dijon > Venarey-les-Laumes > Migennes (c. 12 trains per day).
Note: last train station before Dijon.

Don’t miss

Alise-Sainte-Reine: MuséoParc Alésia, a contemporary museum focusing on the Siege of Alésia, one of the major turning-points in French history - statue of Vercingétorix, leader of the Gaulish tribes beaten by Caesar – Mont-Auxois hill - Marigny-le-Cahouët: for its ladder of locks - Pont-Royal: an historically imporant port – the Maison de l’Ingénieur du Canal, the canal engineer’s house, is now a gîte - Flavigny-sur-Ozerain one of the most beautiful village in France


Accommodation on the stage

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