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Voie Bressane

Ancienne voie ferrée, Nature & small heritage
69 Km
4 PHOTOS
Chalon-sur-Saône
Lons-le-Saunier
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.

Signposting

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

Chalon-sur-Saône
Louhans-Châteaurenaud
Lons-le-Saunier
 

41,33 Km
Chalon-sur-Saône / Louhans
Ancienne voie ferrée, Canals & intimate rivers
I begin / Family

Chalon-sur-Saône / Louhans

This first stage of the Voie Bressane runs not far from the Saône River, first directing you along an urban greenway [...]

27,94 Km
Louhans / Lons-le-Saunier
Ancienne voie ferrée, In forest
I begin / Family

Louhans / Lons-le-Saunier

The greenway skirts around Louhans Châteaurenard’s centre, but signposting can guide you to its historic heart, with [...]

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