Burgundy, France

Parc Regional du Morvan

Benh Lieu Song

The Morvan is an expansive regional park covering 281,400 mountainous hectares between Auxerre and Beaune. Thanks to its sparkling lakes and slate roofed villages, this rural segment of Burgundy is a favorite walking destination — which means it’s also great for running! The park is home to two of Burgundy’s long distance trails: the Tour du Morvan circuit and the GR 13. It’s hard to curate a specific route, but see the information below as a general guideline. Note that the Canal du Nivernais path skirts the western edge of the park.

Tour du Morvan. The Tour du Morvan is a 220 km loop around the region’s six lakes. It alternates between quiet dirt carriage roads and the sidewalks of main streets.

GR 13.  One of France’s “Grand Randonees,” stretching from Germany to Spain. A popular 113 km stretch runs from north to south through the Morvan, with views of beautiful farmland along the way.

Hop onto either one of these Morvan routes for an out and back of any length! Some particularly scenic sections include the Gorges de la Canche south of Roussillon-en-Morvan, the area around the lakes in Saint Brisson, and the ancient ruins at Mont Beuvray.