France, Yonne (89), le canal de Bourgogne entre Tanlay et Montbard
Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay, Burgundy, France
Aerial view of the historic center of Dijon
The castle (Chateau) of Ancy-le-Franc
View of the small town of Saint-Florentin. Burgundy. France.
Vandenesse en Auxois. Ecluse sur le canal de Bourgogne, Côte d'Or, Bourgogne, France
From Migennes to Dijon
Passing by the locks … Discover a beautiful region of Burgundy by pedalling along the banks of its canal. On the roads from Migennes to Dijon, you will enjoy the tranquility of towpaths and cycle-friendly routes, as well as the many tourist trails offered by this region steeped in history.
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From Migennes to Tonnerre, an unmarked route offers you an engaging first glimpse of the Burgundy Canal. Enjoy a first stop at the Bird Reserve in Bas-Rebourseaux, where the diversity of migratory birds during summer will appeal to all nature lovers. A short distance is Saint-Florentin, where you can stop to visit the church and its lanes. You can also, of course, enjoy a tasting in one of the many cellars that mark your arrival in the ancient medieval city of Tonnerre.
From Tonnerre the greenway is ideal. With the calcerous nature of Tonnerrois, the route is full of buildings to admire including chateaux, abbeys and ancient cities. In particular, don’t miss the wonderful Renaissance chateau of Ancy-le-Franc, the Romanesque church of Saint-Jean Baptiste in Chassignelle or the Great Forge in Buffon. As Burgundy is also about quality wine, you should also stop off at one of the vineyards that you will pass before arriving at Montbard. Enjoy your stop in the city of Buffon, the famous naturalist Buffon by visiting the park and museum dedicated to him.
Resume the ‘route des quarante écluses’ (‘route of forty locks’) that punctuate the ascent from the valley to the famous Voûte de Pouilly. Begin with a visit to the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay in Marmagne, admirably preserved in the middle of woodland since the twelfth century. Stop again a little further at Alise-Sainte-Reine, also known as Alesia, the site of the famous defeat of Vercingetorix. Visit the Museo Park before heading back to Sainte-Colombe-en-Auxois. With its small collection of stone houses, the village will charm you with its floral facades, picturesque lanes and location overlooking the valley. The château of Eguilly warrants a visit where you can admire its remains before arriving at Pouilly-en-auxois, the « toit de la Bourgogne (“roof of Burgundy”). Take a stroll through this charming town and don’t miss the Cave de Pouilly for a chance to taste the famous eponymous wine.
The day of your descent of the Ouche is rich in culture and natural landscapes. Begin with a detour to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, a small medieval village overlooked by a magnificent 12th century military chateau and ranked among the most beautiful villages in France. Depending on your train schedule in Dijon, stop-off at Chaudenay-le-château for its castle, Colombier for its church, Aubaine for its fountain and wash-house, Antheuil for its cave and Mâlain for its archaeological site. Above all, ensure that you allow time to walk around Dijon when you arrive. The capital of Burgundy and gastronomy, the “city of one hundred bell towers” can offer a good time if you not yet familiar with the place.
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