Burgundy Canal Hiking, Trails Along
the Canal de Bourgogne
The Burgundy Canal offers hikes through Eastern France's wine country on gravel trails beside the Canal de Bourgogne, the Green Routes and Veloroutes of the Burgundy Valley
The historic canal connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea through the Rivers Seine and Yonne to the north, and the Rivers Rhone and Saone to the south.
The Burgundy Canal runs for 150 miles through the Burgundy Valley from Saint Jean de Losne on the Saone River in the south to Migennes on the Yonne River in the north.
The area traversed by the canal is some of the most scenic in France and includes rolling farm country, fields of white cattle, small villages, and imposing hilltop castles and chateaus. Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is one of the impressive sights along the way as it occupies a hill high above the canal.
Dijon, Beaune, and the Ouche Valley are scenic visits.
Much of the canal remains just the way it was when constructed in the 17th and 18 th Century.
Wide flat walkways on the sides were built for the horses that once pulled the barges. The flat gravel roads now make great hiking and biking.
Hotels along the way in the tiny villages offer lodging. Canal barges make week-long trips out of Dijon and other ports.
Burgundy Canal Hiking
Burgundy Canal, Hiking the Green Routes of Canal de Bourgogne
Wide flat walkways beside the canal are now part of the bike trails and walkways that run the length of the canal.
In the hilltop village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, small B&Bs and village markets offer the hiker or biker a rest and refreshment.
Many small farming towns line the route along the Burgundy Canal through the Burgundy Valley
Hiking trail beside the Burgundy Canal
Much of the Burgundy Canal is hand operated as are these lock gates in Dijon
Burgundy Canal Hiking trails beside the Canal where horses once pulled the barges
Burgundy Canal Hiking trails line the sides of the canal.
The Burgundy Canal Barges cruising north of Dijon make a slow cruise through the Ouche valley and allow passengers a bike ride and walk on trails and rural roads to the small villages
Hikers and bikers can use the old Village roads that run parallel to the Burgundy Canal and they can use the many Hiking trails beside the Canal built in the days when horses pulled the barges, the Veloroutes and Voies vertes
Burgundy Canal Hiking trails are wide, flat walkways on the side of the canal. These trails were once tow paths but now make great trails for hiking and biking.
Burgundy Canal Hiking, Trails Along the Canal de Bourgogne pass the houses of the locktenders
Burgundy Canal Hiking, Trails Along the Canal pass the lock tenders who manually open the gates for the passage of barges
Burgundy Canal hiking,
trails beside the canal
Walking the farm roads near Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
How to Reach Burgundy Valley Canal
Culinary Barge Tours on the Burgundy
Barge Cruises on the Burgundy Valley are centered in the City of Dijon and surrounding area including the city of Beaune.
Beaune is at the southern end of the canal and noted for wine production. The barges make bare boat and culinary and wine trips on the Burgundy Canal in East Central France usually in the region between beaune and Dijon.
The TGV high speed Train and a high speed toll highway reach Dijon from Paris.
When To Go To the Burgundy Valley:
April, to October is canal cruise season and good times to go to Burgundy for Barge Tours, Dijon visits, biking and hiking along the canal, and the culinary cruise vacation.
The weather in Burgundy is temperate March and April (50-75 F) Showers could come in any month but will be of short duration. Weather is good in September October, great months to visit.
From April to mid May the barge tours will not be booked solid so prices are lowered. Mid July and all of August can also offer lower prices because much of France goes on a six-week vacation. The last two weeks of October can be low season and the end of the cruise season for some providers.
Barge trips have their high season, mid May to Mid July and early September to mid October.
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