Burgundy, France

Vineyard Cycle Path: Beaune to Nolay (Veloroute La Voie des Vignes)

Mark Miller

Among the huge network of multi-use paths in Burgundy, the Veloroute La Voie des Vignes is among our favorite. This multi-use path “of the Vineyards” is a ~35 km cycle route through the region’s winemaking history that’s also terrific for running. It’s a very popular recreation destination in the region. The mainly paved path follows back roads and vineyard paths from Beaune west to Nolay. Highlights along this former railway line include numerous chateaus, chapels, and cafes of quaint wine villages, cliffside vistas, and viaducts.

The route has gentle grades for the first 22 km. From Santenay to Nolay (kms 23-35) headed northwest, there is more climbing.

Mark Miller

Distances: Beaune makes for a good central starting point, and is a beautiful town with nice running of its own. From Beaune, it’s about 5.5 km to Volnay, 8.5 km to Meursault, 12.8 km to Puligny-Montrachet, 15 km to Chassagne-Montrachet, 21.6 km to Santenay, 27.2 km to Paris L’Hopital, 31.5 km to Nolay, and 36.2 km to the end of the path. ROUTE MAP.

Add-Ons: See our running tour of Beaune. Also, at the medieval village of Nolay, runners and cyclists can connect to the Canal du Centre. See also our list of other multi-use paths in Burgundy.

 

Essentials
  • Up to 35 km (22 miles) one-way
  • 406m (1332 feet). Most of the elevation is from km 22-35
  • Varies. Beaune start point is at Parc Bouzaize
  • Numerous access points

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Essentials
  • Up to 35 km (22 miles) one-way
  • 406m (1332 feet). Most of the elevation is from km 22-35
  • Varies. Beaune start point is at Parc Bouzaize
  • Numerous access points