Canal de Bourgogne

Getting there

This weekend we decided to go for a quick weekend ride along the Canal de Bourgogne. Leaving Paris from the Bercy train station we took the regional train to Montbard (1h ride), and from there we cycled to Tonnerre.

Arriving to Montbard, we decided to stay not far from there (Rougemont) after a visit to the Fontenay Abbey. The abbey is now a private property you can visit and completely worth the detour.

The Fontenay Abbey before the storm

The ride

The Canal goes downward from Dijon to Migennes, though the total inclination is only only of some meters, so it’s not much more of an advantage.

Along the way you’ll cycle past the different locks of the canal using the chemin de halage. As always with these paths, the chemin is well paved and isolated from motor vehicles, with the exception of the occasional service car or scooter.

Channel locks

Also during this ride we got to know the Pine processionary, a type of moth that when it’s on the larva state, the larvae walk following each other into what makes almost a single line.

Pine processionary

I don’t know which is the best way to go, but we went in April and there were still some Spring showers. Fortunately the wind was not against us and we could outrun the storm.

Outrunning the storm

The highlight of Tonnerre is the Fosse Dionne, a water source that used to be a wash basin for the people of the city. It dates of the XIV century and its crystal clear water is an impressive view.

The Fosse Dionne

The Canal de Bourgogne

The Canal de Bourgogne connects the Yonne with the Saône and according to a map we made using bikemap, it runs for237km from Dijon to Auxerre. Just saying, in case you feel like doing it entirely. You can find maps and such on the La Bourgogne à Vélo site (in French)

You can see the route we followed on: