Unaccompanied six-day itinerant hike

Hiking in Burgundy


Hiking in Burgundy


Brionnais in Burgundy


6 days / 5 nights




B&B or unusual accomodation


From 1 person

From 545 / Person


Hiking to the borders of Brionnais to discover its treasures.

Six days where you will take the paths of this magnificent bocage which will lead you to the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Burgundy.

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Day 1

    You will begin your hike by the towpath of the canal from Roanne to Digoin, enjoy the softness of this one. Indeed, quickly, you will arrive on the paths leading you to the crests of the country of the 7 hills with magnificent sights on the bocage. Then you will cross the valley of the Bézo, a small river which winds between the hills, to arrive at the confines of the Brionnais, in Saint Maurice les Châteauneuf, village of the antique dealers!

Day 2

    For the most courageous, you will pass by the mountain of Dun which culminates at 708 meters. You will be able to go to the small Romanesque chapel located at the top of the site from where you have a breathtaking view. For those who wish a calmer day, a circuit passing at the feet of the mountain of Dun will be proposed to you. You will not be in height, but you will have all the same beautiful points of view very pleasant on the bocage and you will be able to appreciate the simplicity of small chapels and Romanesque churches so numerous on this part of the brionnais.

Day 3

    Today, we propose you to combine hiking and visits: you will pass in front of the magnificent castle of La Clayette at the very beginning of your hike. It is possible to schedule a guided tour of the castle's exterior from June 1st to October 31st every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am. Then your hike will lead you to the castle of Drée, the little Versailles of the Brionnais: here a long visit is to be expected because if the interiors are worth the detour (guided tour possible), the gardens are also remarkable and deserve to be enjoyed.

Day 4

    Here you are on your way on the paths of the small Swiss Brionnaise! Here it goes up, it goes down, it goes up, it goes down and finally, you will find the Arconce valley, this magnificent small river which winds in the middle of the meadows. A little bit of sweetness to end this hike in beauty. Today, it is 100% nature!

Day 5

    A day that starts with the visit of the magnificent Romanesque church of Anzy le Duc, a real treasure of Romanesque art (guided visit recommended as an option). Once the visit is over, the paths of the Charmays forest will lead you to the village of Semur en Brionnais where we suggest you visit the collegiate church of Saint Hilaire. It was built in the 12th century. It is classified as a historical monument. It was the last Romanesque church built in Brionnais. It is a mixture of Romanesque Cluniac style and prefiguration of the Gothic style. Then after this passage in Semur en Brionnais, you will finish by a very beautiful walk in forest.

Day 6

    One takes again the way of the forest of the wood of the priests. The softness and the peace of this beautiful forest of hardwoods will bring you back in the valley of the Loire, without forgetting a small detour by the splendid Romanic church of Iguerande, thousand-year-old watchtower of the top of its hill with a splendid sight on the valley and its river. The church of Saint Marcel d'Iguerande (optional guided tour) is one of the purest and most complete Romanesque churches in this part of Burgundy. The building, dating from the end of the 11th century, is a solid, imposing and squat structure and has benefited from an important restoration. It is the only vestige of a Benedictine priory dependent on Marcigny and previously on Cluny, whose buildings no longer exist since the Revolution. And if you are lucky, Lili will be present at the museum in front of it to tell you the history of the people of this country!

Useful information

This six-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 six 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 17.5 km or about 6 h of walking (with possible shortcuts)/D +: 444 m and D-: 350 m

DAY 2: About 27 km or about 7 h 30 of walking (with possible shortcuts)/D +: 835 m and D-: 825 m


DAY 3: About 16 km or about 5 h 30 of walking (with possible shortcuts) / D +: 320 m and D-: 246 m

DAY 4: About 22 km or about 7 hours of walking (with possible shortcuts) / D +: 353 m and  D-: 330 m

DAY 5: About 23 km or about 7 hours of walking (with possible shortcuts) / D +: 607 m and D-:  447 m

DAY 6: About 14 km or about 6 hours of walking / D + 254 m and D-: 432 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 = not very difficult
DAY 2 (longest circuit): 67 HKG = not very difficult
DAY 3 (longest circuit): 64 HKG = not very difficult
DAY 5 (longest circuit): 67 HKG = not very difficult
DAY 6 (longest circuit): 38 HKG = quite easy
DAY 7 (longest circuit): 66 HKG = 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:



DAY 1: Night in guest rooms (private bathroom) 

DAY 2: Night in guest rooms OR in hotel (private bathroom) 

DAY 3: Night in guest rooms (private bathroom) 

DAY 4: Night in guest rooms (private bathroom) 

DAY 5: Night in guest rooms (private bathroom) 

On site, you will eat at the 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)


(4 people maximum per room):

545 € / person for 2 people with half board

465 € / person for 3 people with half board 

415 € / person for 4 people with half board 


These rates are for people sharing the same room and the same bathroom (4 persons by room maximum).
For single people, for people wishing separate rooms, a supplement 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 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 diner of day 1 to breakfast of day 6.

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.

pic nic (possible in option).

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

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
  • picnic : 10 € per person and per day
  • Cancellation and interruption insurance
  • Guided tour of roman churches
  • 2 IGN 1/25000 maps of the circuit that you keep after the hike