A week of cycling and tourism in Burgundy
Bike rides on cycle paths and small roads in Burgundy near Chalon
Passionate about cycling? Our region offers you a great variety of landscapes and experiences. Several bike routes are possible starting from our cottages and they can be extended and varied on the smaller, quieter roads, away from major traffic routes.
We are also located between the cycle paths of the ‘Voie Verte’ (accessible 7km away at Givry) and the Canal du Centre (accessible 10km away at St Léger-sur-Dheune or Fontaines).
Finally, the area of Santenay offers attractive possibilities for bike rides towards Nolay or into the heart of the vineyards.
GPX files can be downloaded from the links of each bike route outlined below.
We can lend you 2 adult bikes and bikes for children up to 10 years old.
Tour to Mercurey - 10km
A small loop from the cottages, almost flat, where you can start slowly, take the time to discover our landscapeof vineyards and hills and cross several hamlets that make up the village of Mercurey.
Valley of Vaux trail -13 km
This second loop, leaving from the cottages, is a little more vigorous with several short climbs (and descents). It allows you to explore our valley of Vaux, famous in Côte Chalonnaise for its tranquility and the beauty of its landscapes.
Route to the Chateau of Germolles (3km) and access to theVoie Verte to Givry - 7km
A visit to the chateau of Germolles is not to be missed for the excellence of the welcome and the richness of the stories told by its owners. You can cycle there via quiet little roads (3km).
Also this route allows you to join the Voie Verte (7km) by taking small roads and crossing the village of Dracy-le-Fort which avoids a steep and long hill.
Circuit through St Martin-sous-Montaigu / Rully / Mercurey / St Martin - 18km
This loop from the cottages takes you to the chateau of Rully past a view of the chateau at its most authentic via a charming little valley road. A ride through the streets of Rully and its surroundings is also recommended.
The return trip from Rully to Mercurey is partly uphill but it is not difficult.
The Voie Verte
Despite the fact that it is well known in our region, the Voie Verte (Green Way), the route of an old 74km long railway line from Chalon to Mâcon, still remains a haven of peace. Uncrowded, except some Sundays, it can be travelled in several sections. The small towns of Buxy, St Gengoux and Cluny, the chateaux of Sercy (seen from the outside only), Cormatin, Berzé and Milly-Lamartine, are all potential places to visit near the bike path.
It is also possible to come back by bus (according to the bus times).
You will find a lot of information on https://www.la-bourgogne-a-velo.com/la-voie-verte--11fr.html or https://www.destination-saone-et-loire.fr/fr/nos-experiences/explorer-la-voie-verte-autrement.html
Santenay-Nolay + Bout du Monde – Santenay -27 km
From Santenay depart at the car park on the left just after the railway crossing on the D113 from the canal. This route is mainly a round trip on the Santenay-Nolay bike path (with a very gentle climb to Nolay).
The route extension towards the cliffs of the "Bout du monde" (to be done outside Sundays and holidays when it is crowded) is very pleasant. A visit to the historic pedestrian centre of Nolay is not to be missed.
Santenay - Beaune Cycle Route, also called "La Voie des Vignes" (TheWay of the Vines)
(Chassagne-Montrachet, Pommard, Meursault ... 22km to Beaune)
This route is a round trip leaving from Santenay (or from Beaune) through small vineyard roads and villages with renowned wine appellations. Do not miss the wind mill near Santenay, on a hill above the cycle route.
Pay attention and be prepared in summer as there is very little shade on this route.
It is also possible to go by bike and come back by train.
For more information: http://www.ville-de-santenay.fr/documents/portal928/OT_Beaune/ot-beaune-voievignes_2016.pdf et https://www.af3v.org/-Fiche-VVV-.html?voie=150#
The Canal du Centre - a loop from the cottages (37km)
This slightly hilly route offers the possibility of connecting our valley of Vaux to the Canal du Centre, and then follows the cycle path along the canal for nearly 20km to the village of Fontaines. It returns via Mercurey to our cottages. Picnic tables are available along the bike path and the small town of Chagny, in the middle of the route, provides a stop for provisions or a break.
No busy roads are taken and the countryside and natural environments crossed are varied.
La Voie Bleue : along the Saône river between Chalon and Tournus
This 35km return cycling tour offers different views and sensations. A good way to go visiting Tournus by bike (since Marnay, South of Chalon), see our article about this cycling path.