The Morvan National Park in all its beauty is the green lung of Burgundy. Discover the region's unspoilt countryside criss-crossed by singing rivers, large and small. Walk around parks, explore caves and secret places, along the Seine and the Loire, Europe's last wild river.
Start with some outstanding places
Accessed via the N77 road, the state-owned forest of Pontigny covers 950 hectares, its changing scenery a delight for people of all ages !
Going down the Canal de Bourgogne? Stop off at Tonnerre to explore the Fosse Dionne, famous for the legend of the devils' coins... It's a Vauclusian spring with amazing royal blue water, said to be bottomless, which flows all the way to the edge of town.
To the south of Auxerre the village of Merry-sur-Yonne is home to the Rochers du Saussois. These imposing limestone cliffs are a major climbing centre in Burgundy. Why not go for a walk in the nearby Bois du Parc nature reserve at Mailly-le-Château, where you can see many unusual plants?
To the north of Avallon are the extraordinary caves at Arcy-sur-Cure with wall paintings that could be 30,000 years old!
Move on to protected plant life
On the banks of the Seine stands Châtillon-sur-Seine, centre of the Pays Châtillonnais. This town, which holds a France in bloom award and a 'Plus beaux détours de France' label, will soon be part of a National nature park. A chance to enjoy the benefits of nature conservation...
To the south, between Alésia and Saint-Seine-l'Abbaye, are the remains of a temple to the Goddess Sequana in the unspoilt setting of the Source of the river Seine.
At Bèze you can explore the second largest underwater river system in France. Visitors start off on foot before boarding a boat to visit the caves.
Less than 100 km away, at Nolay, below the vineyards, flows the cascade du bout du monde. The clear waters of this waterfall cascade down 25 metres of limestone cliffs.
"Come and see one of the finest natural sites in Europe: the Bec d'Allier"
Continue to the heart of the natural world
The Forest des Bertranges covers 10,000 hectares, planted with oaks, beside the river Loire. It is crossed by long and short distance footpaths and has a many shady tracks for walkers, cyclists and horseback riders.
Near Nevers come and see one of the finest natural sites in Europe: the Bec d'Allier. Migrating birds and beavers can be observed at this confluence of the Allier and the Loire!
End on a high note
In the Saint-Prix area the Haut-Folin is the highest point of the Morvan. On a clear day you can see as far as the Mont Blanc!
A 14 km north-west of Le Creusot, admire the granite blockfields in the village of Uchon, with their legendary 'rocking boulder' and 'devil's claw'.
Then you can visit the Blanot caves on the western side of Mont St Romain. It takes an hour to tour the immense limestone galleries up to 80 metres below ground!
Your final feat is to climb the 492 metres of the Solutré rock - well worth it for the panoramic view of vineyards dotted with villages and surrounded by forests...