Unaccompanied four-day itinerant hike

Hiking in Burgundy


Hiking in Burgundy


Brionnais in Burgundy


4 days / 3 nights




B&B or unusual accomodation


From 1 person

From 330 / Person


Hiking to discover the country of green gold, its meadows and its diamonds, Charolais cows!

Four days to go from hills to hills by centuries-old paths, surrounded by green meadows... wonderful!

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Day 1

    Before starting your hike, we suggest you to visit the first Romanesque church of this journey, the Saint Marcel church (optional guided tour): it is one of the purest and most complete Romanesque churches in this part of Burgundy. The building from the end of the 11th century is presented as a solid, imposing and stocky unit and has benefited from a major restoration. It is the only vestige of a Benedictine priory dependent on Marcigny and previously on Cluny who have disappeared since revolution. Once the visit is over, you will start your hike on the paths leading you to the crests of the country of the 7 hills with magnificent views of the bocage. Then you will cross the Bézo valley, a small river that winds between the hills, to reach the border of Brionnais, in Saint Maurice les Chateauneuf, village of antique dealers!

Day 2

    This day will project you in the heart of Brionnais, amazing preserved bocage, crossed by kilometers of magnificent paths : landscape seems to be a picture with these geometric shapes, these trees called "trognes", in the middle of the meadows or in the edges following paths and these white cows in all the meadows.
    Then you will follow the small green valley of the bezo, a small stream that winds through the fields and where it is good to take a short break.
    A peaceful landscape, which will make you reconnect with nature so easily.

Day 3

    You are on your way on the paths of the little Swiss! It goes up, it goes down, it goes up, it goes down and finally, you will find the valley of this magnificent little river that winds through the meadows, the Arconce, a little sweetness to end this hike in style. Today, it's 100% natural!

Day 4

    A day that begins with a visit to the magnificent Romanesque church of Anzy le Duc, a real treasure of Romanesque art (guided tour recommended as an option). Then the visit ended, the paths of the Charmays forest will lead you to the village of Semur en Brionnais where we offer you the visit of the Saint Hilaire collegiate church. It was built in the 12th century. It is classified as a historic monument. It was the last Romanesque church built in Brionnais. It is a mixture of Cluniac Romanesque style and foreshadowing of Gothic style. You can also visit the castle of Semur en Brionnais, right next to the church. Then, nearby, there is a small jewel, set in lush greenery, the Church of Saint Martin which you can also visit. Then after this passage to Semur en Brionnais, you will descend peacefully through the forest, in the Loire Valley.
    Guided tours of the Saint Hilaire college and / or the Saint Martin chapel are optional.

Useful information

This four-day hike will offer you all the pleasures of a short nature trip as a couple, with friends or even family with children to whom you want to give the hike virus! On foot, we share simple but authentic moments. Far from the screens and the stress, a stroll in southern Burgundy is ideal to disconnect from your daily life and get back to the simple but essential things and get together to live an adventure that will remain one of your most beautiful holiday memories.
Céline, arrived 20 years ago, here in the Brionnais region and since then, she has been walking the paths of this sumptuous bocage; she knows all the little corners, all the most beautiful paths and it is for her a pleasure to prepare these circuits in order to make other lovers of nature hikes discover this little paradise. An organized stay, prepared by a fan of her region. This circuit is flexible and Céline will be able to adapt it to all levels of walks: sporty hiking stay or easy hiking stay, everything is possible, the circuits will be adapted to the expectations of each of you.
These four days will allow you to discover the Brionnais, the Romanesque garden of Burgundy: it is an authentic bocage that you will discover, where man for centuries has raised the most famous cows in the world, the Charolais, Here hundreds 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 Romanesque art. More than thirty 11th century churches and Cluniac monuments 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 local products. Cathy, Noah, the "Françoise" (there are three!), Martine, Marie Françoise, Marie Christine, so many partners with whom we have been working with confidence for some, 20 years! You will be received like dukes. Luggage transport is included: so you leave with a heart and a light body!
This hiking holiday is half-board: the picnic lunch is optional and prepared by the accommodation.

The level of walking required for this hike : Medium - Confirmed

DAY 1: About 20 km or around 6 h 00 walk (with shortcuts possible)
D +: 411 m and D-: 349 m
DAY 2: About 23 km or about 6 h 30 of walking (with shortcuts possible)
D +: 325 m and D-: 355 m
DAY 3: About 25.5 km or around 7 hours of walking (with shortcuts possible)
D +: 432 m and D-: 432 m
DAY 4: About 22 km or about 6 hours of walking - D + 344 m and D-: 310 m

Please note, this program is given for information only, it can be modified depending on weather conditions, group level and / or availability of accommodation.
The walking times are given for information only, without the break times and depend on your walking level.

NB: D +: ascent, D-: descent.

the French Federation of hiking has designed a practical tool for estimating the difficulty of hikes.
A simple tool that we used to give you an idea of ??the level required for this hike.
The rating of the federation is a true reflection of the difficulty of a hike expressed according to 3 criteria, technicité, risk and effor :

According to these criteria, we can define this hike as follows:

TECHNICITY: Level 3 : not very difficult

RISK : Level 2 : Fairly low

EFFORT: LEVEL 3: Not very difficult
Details per day of hiking:

DAY 1 (longest circuit): 62 HKG: Level 3: Not difficult
DAY 2 (longest circuit): 67 HKG: Level 3: not very difficult
DAY 3 (longest circuit): 67 HKG: Level 3: not very difficult
DAY 4 (longest circuit): 66 HKG: Level 3: not very difficult

If you wish to have more information on each day of hiking, you can analyze each of them in detail on the IGN site by downloading the .gpx traces that we will provide you three weeks before the hike at this address:



First night : in a guest house (private bathroom) 
Second night : in a guest house. (private bathroom) 
Thirth night : in guest house. (private bathroom) 

On the spot, you will eat in table d'hôtes.

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

Sheets and towels are provided in each accommodation.

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 liter backpack (an insulated backpack is better to transport your pic nic)

Equip yourself with waterproof hiking shoes, good rain clothes.

To avoid plastic bottles, remember to bring one or two gourds per person of 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 and anti tick, tick puller, sunscreen, earplug ...)

This hike is a unaccompanied hike, which means that it is done without a guide and under your own responsibility. We provide you with a hiking "package" which will be sent to you by post or email, three weeks before your arrival date, with:

  • accommodation details.
  • Detailed route maps for each day of hiking.
  • IGN maps, in A4 format, of each day of hiking where the routes are highlighted. On site, the day before your hike, an A4 version, plasticized, compact and easy to use, will be given to you. The accommodations are precisely located and shortcuts are clearly highlighted.
  • The route in .gpx format for GPS.

In case of abandonment along the way, skipped stage or other service not consumed by hikers, no refund can be required.

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

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

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

You must be able to follow a route using an IGN 1/25000 map.

By train (at your expense): From Paris, book your train with the arrival station, Marcigny :  from Paris Gare de Lyon, you will stop at the Le Creusot Montchanin TGV station, where you will take a bus to Marcigny. You can then contact a taxi for the journey between Marcigny and your evening stopover.

From Lyon, also book a train with Pouilly sous Charlieu as the arrival station, so you will arrive at Charlieu station, where you will take a bus to Pouilly sous Charlieu. You can then contact a taxi for the journey between Pouilly sous Charlieu and your evening stopover.


By car, we will give you the address of your accommodation the day before your hike, as well as explanations to get there easily by car.

Luggage is transported by carrier (13 kilos per person maximum)

For 2 participants sharing the same room :
330 € per person in half board 

For 3 participants sharing the same room :
290 € per person in half board

For 4 participants sharing the same room :
250 € per person on half board

For groups of more than 4 persons, for single persons, for persons wishing to have separate rooms, a supplement will be indicated at the time of the estimate.

In all cases, these rates are given as an indication, according to your requests, an estimate will be established before reservation.


These rates include :

The complete organization of your hike

The transport of your luggage at each stage

Accommodation during the hike with half-board meal from the diner of the day 1 to the breakfast of the day 4

Tracks on IGN map in A4 format for each day of hiking, as well as a detailed road book.

GPX traces of each hiking day downloadable before your arrival.


These rates do not include:

  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • transport from the station to the accommodation if you come by train (possible in option)
  • Cancellation insurance (possible in option)
  • An additional night, in a half-board guest room, on the day before or the last day of hiking:

    • From 60 € per adult in double room with half board for 2 adults
    • From 45 € per additional adult (from 12 years old) half board in the same room
  • Guided tour of a Romanesque church (around 1 hour per church) during the day : 80 € and guided tours of two Romanesque churches during the day: 120 € regardless of the number of participants
  • pic nic (possible in option)
  • 2 IGN 1/25000 maps of the circuit that you keep after the hike: 30 €

This hike is accessible all year round.

Options disponibles

  • An additional night, in a half-board guest room, on the day before and the last day of hiking;
  • Pic nic : 10 € per person and per day;
  • Cancellation and interruption insurance
  • Guided tour of 1 or 2 Romanesque churches
  • 2 IGN 1/25000 maps of the circuit that you keep after the hike