From Chalon-sur-Saône, near where France’s first greenway was put in place, head off to discover the Bresse Bourguignonne area. This route is mainly along a former railway line, now accessible to all. The Bresse Bourguignonne only undulates mildly, so it’s a joy riding through its countryside, marked by hedgerows, rivers and lakes much appreciated by fishermen. At the level of Branges, by the Seille (a tributary of the Saône) you’ll find a refreshing picnic spot and a brasserie with views on the lock here. As you cycle along, look out for famed white Bresse chickens, reared outdoors, fed on maize. Foodies may appreciate a stop in Louhans for the memorable Monday morning market, when the chickens are sold under the Grande Rue’s arcades. Heading for the foothills of the Jura Mountains, the greenway takes you on gently through wooded parts to Lons-le-Saunier, a thermal spa town, and headquarters of the Bel cheese company, best known for producing The Laughing Cow brand.
Marked ‘Voie bressane’ all along the route
Links with La Voie Bleue and the Tour de Bourgogne
Link with La Voie Bleue at the level or Ouroux-sur-Saône, and with the Tour de Bourgogne at Chalon-sur-Saône
Main train stations close to the route