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
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
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
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
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
B&Bs and village markets
offer the hiker or biker a rest
Many small farming towns line
the route along the Burgundy
Canal through the Burgundy
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
and they can use
the many Hiking
trails beside the
Canal built in the
days when horses
pulled the barges,
the Veloroutes and
Burgundy Canal Hiking trails along the Canal de
Bourgogne 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
Burgundy Canal Hiking,
Trails Along the Canal pass
the lock tenders who
manually open the gates for
the passage of barges
trails beside the canal
Walking the farm
How to Reach Burgundy Valley Canal Culinary Barge Tours on the Burgundy Canal
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
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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