Yonne Activities and Things to do on Holiday

Hiking, GR13 and GR2

The GR13 long distance hiking trail which begins in Ile de France travels 160km across Yonne through the Ouanne Valley, the Puisaye, Auxerrois and Vezelay until it meets the GR131 and forms a circular route in the Morvan Regional Natural Park. A hike from Vezelay to Mont Beuvray can take 3 or 4 days. The entire GR2 route travels from Le Havre to Dijon. 80km passes south through Yonne. Routes are marked with a red and white stripe and the Comite Departmental de la Randonnee Pedestre in Auxerre, tel: (00 33) 3 86 52 61 82, has information on walking in the department and themed hikes.

Horse Trekking

Horse trekking and hiking trails are abundant in the Puisaye countryside. How about an accompanied hike with a donkey (a child or your picnic can ride), or take a comfortable carriage ride touring little villages, mills and churches close by. All this is on offer at Les Caleches de Saint-Aubin, Saint-Aubin-Chateau-Neuf, tel: (00 33) 3 86 73 63 93 www.lamaisongalop.fr. The rolling hills, woodlands and river valleys of the Morvan have over 500km of trekking bridleways and trails. Loisirs en Morvan in Avallon can offer horses and qualified guides. Centre de Tourisme Equestre des Ruats, Bussieres, tel: (00 33) 3 86 33 16 57, located on a riverbank close to the forest offers accompanied horse riding outings as does Ecurie Morvan Endurance, tel: (00 33) 3 86 33 15 52, also in Bussieres on the shores of a lake. Tourist Offices will usually have lists of local stables which offer similar trekking activities throughout Yonne.

Trout Fishing

Yonne's wonderful variety of lakes, rivers and ponds offers great opportunities for holiday fishing. Trout fishermen in particular should find plenty of scope in the Morvan's fast flowing rivers. Rivers like Armancon, Serin, Vrin and Cousin all offer trout as well as coarse fish such as pike and carp and the Cure and Yonne have both brown and fario trout. The trout season is from mid-May to early September. More details on venues and licences can be found from local Tourist Offices or fishing societies like Union des Pecheurs de l'Auxerrois, tel: (00 33) 3 86 51 46 87. The Fishing Federation for Yonne www.peche-yonne.com has a full list of addresses and telephone numbers. Licences can often be bought at local tabacs.

Canoeing

Find classes, equipment hire and accompanied trips on the River Yonne at Canoe Kayak Club Senonais in Sens, tel: (00 33) 3 8695 34 10, and similarly at Lezinnes Canoe-Kayak, Lezinnes, tel: (00 33) 3 86 54 40 19.

Rock Climbing

Burgundy is a great place for a rock climbing holiday and Yonne offers a series of good quality limestone crags like Rochers du Parc. On famous Le Saussois near Merry-sur-Yonne there is evidence of climbing from the Middle Ages. Discover up to 400 routes at this international climbing centre ranging in difficulty from 4 to 8. Climbs offer great views from high above the River Yonne. A good map is IGN 21270 Vermenton 1:50.000. Rocher du Cousin at Avallon has practice sites 5 – 20 metres high. For beginners Loisiers en Morvan in Avallon, tel: (00 33) 3 86 31 90 10, has practice sites approved by the Federation Francaise de la Montagne et de l'Escalade.

Rock Climbing

Burgundy is a great place for a rock climbing holiday and Yonne offers a series of good quality limestone crags like Rochers du Parc. On famous Le Saussois near Merry-sur-Yonne there is evidence of climbing from the Middle Ages. Discover up to 400 routes at this international climbing centre ranging in difficulty from 4 to 8. Climbs offer great views from high above the River Yonne. A good map is IGN 21270 Vermenton 1:50.000. Rocher du Cousin at Avallon has practice sites 5 – 20 metres high. For beginners Loisiers en Morvan in Avallon, tel: (00 33) 3 86 31 90 10, has practice sites approved by the Federation Francaise de la Montagne et de l'Escalade.

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