Cycling the Voie Verte

An old railway line and parts of a former canal towpath have been turned into the Voie Verte (www.bourgogne-du-sud.com/index.php/la-voie-verte.html), a series of paved 'greenways' around the Saône-et-Loire département that have been designed for walking, cycling and in-line skating. From Cluny, the Voie Verte heads north, via vineyards and valleys, to Givry (42km) and Santenay, where you can pick up the Voie des Vignes (Vineyard Way) to Beaune, or circle back around to Cluny on the 145km Grande Boucle de Bourgogne loop ride. Tourist offices have the free cycling map, Voies Vertes et Cyclotourisme – Bourgogne du Sud. Also log onto www.burgundy-by-bike.com.