Burgundy Geography and Natural Beauty

Burgundy and Nivernais Canals

Burgundy Canal, France

Burgundy has 1,200 km of rivers and canals including some of France’s prettiest waterways. Enjoy the peace of the Nivernais Canal as you drift past vineyards, spotting grey herons, kingfishers and many nesting breeds.

Skipper yourself, or join barges and cruises operating from river ports such as Vermenton. The Burgundy Canal linking the Saone and Yonne rivers has a total of 190 locks along its 242km length.

Watch an ever-changing panorama of green pastures and wooded hillsides. Cycle and picnic on tree-lined tow paths and stop at villages and historic sites such as the chateau at Tonnerre or Fontenay Abbey.

Morvan Regional Natural Park

The ‘black mountains’ of Morvan Regional Natural Park extending into Southern Yonne, are actually forested hills which once supplied wood and charcoal to Paris. The park is a granite plateau covering nearly a quarter of a million hectares, providing 3,400km of marked trails including a circular 220km walk (GR13) through places of interest.

A land of pasture, moorland, vast reservoir lakes, and gorges with river rapids for white water rafting, canoeing and fishing. Increasingly popular as a place for outdoor pursuits, the park also has animal reserves, museums, crafts shops and information centres.

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