Our tipsters celebrate the joie de vivre of experiencing France’s inland waterways, by boat, bike or on foot Winning tip: Waterways any which way, Burgundy
In Auxerre, head for Le Batardeau (also called the Bike House) and choose your device – bike, pedalo, boat, paddle, kayak – for a day on the Yonne River and the Nivernais canal (once voted more beautiful than the famous Canal du Midi). There’s no need to book: they’re well equipped, and there’s also a bistrot with great homemade cakes, lunches and drinks. The path along the water is so serene and beautiful. We did it twice: one day by bike, then by boat.
Carole Lyandrat EAST
Ride the loop, Tournus, Burgundy
The Voie Bleue cycle path. Photograph: Hemis/Alamy Following the banks of the mighty River Saône from Mâcon towards Chalon-sur Saône, the Voie Bleue cycle path is the perfect riverside ride and a birdwatcher’s paradise: south of the historic town of Tournus, we detoured to the nature reserve at La Truchère and watched marsh harriers gliding silently over the water and purple herons statue-still. We turned the ride into a loop by picking up the Voie Verte, giving us more than 150km of biking in beautiful Burgundy. If you ride the loop, allow time to enjoy the sights – and take binoculars! Accommodation is plentiful. francevelotourisme.com
Hilary Macmillan Finest Burgundy
Louhans. Photograph: ollo/Getty Images In an area full of rivers, Louhans is a great spot. It’s an attractive Burgundian town […]