Brionnais in Burgundy


3 days / 2 nights






From 1 person

From 230 / Person


Bienvenue dans le Brionnais!

Three days to discover the country of the 7 hills, green hedged farmland, where the gentle landscape never ceases to amaze hikers. As a couple, with friends or even family with sporty children to whom you want to give the virus of cycling, share simple but authentic moments. Far from the screens and stress, a stroll in Burgundy is ideal for disconnecting from your daily life and reconnecting with essential things, to get together, to live an adventure that will remain one of your most beautiful memories.

Your stay in pictures


Day 1
  • From Melay to Saint Julien de Jonzy :

    Today, we're climbing! You will quickly understand why we call Brionnais, the country of the 7 hills, it is certainly not the 7 mountains but you will still have fun! Here the trails are very numerous and it's a realpleasure for mountain biking! Have fun in taking these hollow paths in the middle of the pastures where our good Charolais cows live quietly! You will pass through the villages of Fleury la Montagne (magnificent view of the bocage) and Ligny en Brionnais where the small Bézo river flows which makes the countryside very bucolic!


Day 2
  • From Saint Julien de Jonzy to Montceau l'Etoile :

    We move on to serious things, we have saved the best for the end! Direction Semur en Brionnais for a short visit if you want to : a visit to the Saint Hilaire collegiate church. It was built in the 12th century. It is classified as a historic monument. It was the last Roman church built in Brionnais. It is a mixture of Clunisian roman style primitive Gothic style. You can also visit the castle of Semur en Brionnais, right next to the church. Guided tours of the Saint Hilaire college and / or the Saint Martin chapel are optional. Then we resume the direction of the magnificent Arconce valley by more or less long paths, you have the choice!

Day 3
  • From Montceau l'étoile to Melay :

    A last day very smooth because we offer you a hike in the plain of the river Loire with little difference in height to warm up the muscles quietly! You will ride partly on the towpaths of the canal parallel to the Loire, the longest river in France, commonly called the last wild river in Europe. You will work in an area classified as "Natura2000" which brings together natural sites, across all of Europe, identified for the scarcity or fragility of wild, animal or plant species and their habitats. You have every chance to meet many wading birds, such as storks, but also many other birds on this course.

Useful information

Brionnais is a little unknown country in Burgundy, but it is a paradise for cyclists and hikers : paths absolutely every where that cross countless small roads : a paradise for hikers whether on foot or by bike!These three days will allow you to discover the Brionnais, the secret Romanesque garden of Burgundy : it is an authentic bocage that you will discover, where man for centuries has raised here the most famous cows in " the world", the Charolaise,  here hundreds of kilometers of paths lined with hedges have been preserved and it will be a delight for you to enjoy!The Brionnais is also a major stopover for lovers of Roman art. More than thirty Roman churches form an incomparable whole in France. On this hike, we offer optional guided tours of each of the churches encountered on the circuit.And in the evening, tired but relaxed, you will enjoy a nice stopover with the locals, welcomed as friends, at a table where you will be offered meals made with good local products!Cathy, Noah, the "Françoise" (there are three!),Martine, Marie Françoise, Marie Christine, somany partners with whom we have been working with confidence for some, 20 years! You will be received like dukes! We are in Burgundy, don'tforget!This stay is a hiking trip where meals and breakfasts are included at each stage and the luggage transported each day: so you leave ligthearted !So don't hesitate, go off the beaten track in Burgundy and offer yourself a short stay in a small, preserved and secret part of France.

Day 1 :

Easy :

  • 20 km / D +: 498 m and D-: 320 m / maximum altitude: 457 m and minimum altitude: 249 m.
  • 27 km / D +: 570 m and D-: 411 m / maximum altitude: 457 m and minimum altitude: 249 m.

Medium : 35 km / D +: 662 m and D-: 484 m / maximum altitude: 458 m and minimum altitude: 249 m. 


Day 2 :

Easy :

  • 23 km / D +: 284 m and D-: 466 m / maximum altitude: 498 m and minimum altitude: 245 m.
  • 29 km / D +: 481 m and D-: 663 m / maximum altitude: 498 m and minimum altitude: 245 m

Medium : 34 km / D +: 593 m and D-: 775 m / maximum altitude: 245m and minimum altitude: 498 m.


Day 3 :

Easy :

  • 23 km / D +: 112 m and D-: 120 m / maximum altitude: 273 m and minimum altitude: 242 m.
  • 33 km / D +: 95 m and D-: 92 m / maximum altitude: 268 m and minimum altitude: 235 m.

Medium : 44 km / D +: 312 m and D-: 308 m / maximum altitude: 318 m and minimum altitude: 235 m.

First evening : Accommodation on half board in a guest room or in unusual accommodation (wigwam or wood house).

Second evening : Accommodation on half board in a guest room.

Your luggage will be transported by vehicle.

However, we ask you to be reasonable : provide luggage that is not too bulky (preferably in a single bag), and whose weight does not exceed 13 kilos per person.

What you need and what you don't need :

  • shampoos and shower gel are not provided in the accommodation.
  • You will only carry a backpack with your day's belongings including the pic nic, we therefore recommend a 40 literbackpack (an insulated backpack is better to transport your pic nic).
  • Equip yourself with rain gear.
  • To avoid the consumption of plastic bottles, remember tobring one or two gourdes per person of at least 1.5 liters which will be filled each morning before your departure.
  • Do not forget the small emergency pharmacy (antiseptic,dressings, dressings for blisters, aspirin, anti mosquito andanti tick, tick puller, sunscreen, earplug ...).
  • Bed linen and towels are provided in each accommodation.

This hike is organised without a guide and under your own responsibility. We provide you with a hiking file which will be sent to you by mail or email, three weeks before the date of your arrival, with:

  • Contact details for accommodation.
  • IGN maps will be highlighted.
  • The route in .gpx format for GPS.
  • Departure from Melay, the day of your choice.
  • Parking : You have the option of parking your vehicle in a free public car park in Melay (or in the parking of the guest room where you slept if you arrive the day before).
  • Train access : shuttle bus from Roanne station or Le Creusot - Montchanin TGV station to Marcigny.
  • Dispersion in Melay.

In the case of abandonment along the way, skipped stage or other service not consumed because of the hikers, no reimbursement may be required.

We may sometimes have to modify the itinerary indicated : either at the level of the organization (problem of availability of accommodation, modification of the state of the ground, etc ...). These changes are always notified to you when booking.

You are the lonely judge of your strengths and your ability to manage unexpected situations (tiredness, weather, presence of animals, modification of the terrain, etc.).

We decline all responsibility in the event of an error on your part concerning the orientation (error or change of route) or the management of time (departure too late in the morning, picnic break too long ...).

You should be able to follow a route using a 1/25000 map, a self-written road map and clues in the field.

You go to the village of Montceau l'Etoile in Saône et Loire : department 71. Saône et Loire is served by the A6, A39 and A40 motorways and by the national road Center Europe Atlantic.

By road, Montceau l'Etoile is 9 am south of London, 7 hours south of Brussels and Bruges, 3 hours wes tof Geneva, 4 hours south of Paris, 2 hours south west of Dijon, 1hour 30 minutes south of Chalonsur saône, 1 hour 30 minutes north west of Lyon, 1 hour west of Mâcon, and 20 minutes north of Roanne.

By train, enter as arrival destination : MARCIGNY. If youcome from the North of France or Europe, you can stop at the LeCreusot - Montchanin TGV station where you will take a bus which will drop you off an hour later at the Marcigny stop where a taxi will have to be reserved to take you to your destination.

SNCF information:00 33 (0) 8 92 35 35 35Bus company for  Le Creusot -Montchanin TGV station shuttle to Roanne: +33 (0) 4 77 68 30 00

Your luggage will be transported by vehicle.

However, we ask you to be reasonable : provide luggage that is not too bulky (preferably in a single bag), and whose weight does not exceed 13 kilos per person.

For 2 participants sharing the same room: € 230 per person with half board.

For 3 to 4 participants sharing the same room: 180 € per person with half board.

These rates are for people sharing the same room and the same bathroom.

For single people, for people wishing separate rooms, asupplement will be indicated during the establishment of the estimate.

In all cases, these prices are given as an indication, according to your requests, a quote will be established before booking.

These prices include :

  • The complete organization of your hike.
  • The transport of your luggage at each stage.
  • Accommodation during the hike with half board from the evening meal of day 1 to the breakfasts of day 3.
  • The IGN map tracks for each hiking day.
  • GPX traces of each hiking day downloadable before your arrival.

These prices do not include:

  • Drinks outside meals and personal expenses.
  • Accommodation the day before and the last day of the hike (option possible).

               From € 60 per adult in a double room with half board.

               From 45 € per additional adult (from 12 years old) in half board in the same room.

  • Transport by taxi to the starting point of the hike and back.
  • Guided tour of a Romanesque church on the route : € 80 regardless of the number of participants.
  • Insurance, including cancellation and interruption insurance (option possible).
  • Lunchtime picnics + € 10 per person per day (option possible).
  • Bike rental + 50 € per bike or + 90 € per electric bike (option possible).



This hike is accessible all year round.

Options disponibles

  • An additional night with half board the day before the hike
  • An additional night with half board on the last day of hiking
  • Cancellation and interruption insurance
  • Guided tour of a Romanesque church : 80 €
  • Bike rental: + 50 € per bike and + 90 € per electric bike
  • Pic nic : + 10 € per person and per day