Nivernais Canal & cycle route


Contact and Access

Office de Tourisme entre Cure et Yonne
Halte nautique de Bazarnes
Cidex 501
89460 Cravant
Tel +33 (0)3 86 81 54 26

Nature heritage

Natural heritage sites along the Nivernais canal ...

The Bois du Parc nature reserve at Mailly-le-Château

The department of Yonne's unique nature reserve, the Bois du Parc, managed by the Association for the Protection of Natural Sites (CSNB). It has been listed to protect the fossilized coral reel and calcareous lawns which are home to rare plants.

A nature trail takes you through the dry grasslands, rich in animal and plant life, thanks to a special micro-climate. Information boards will help you find out more about the site's botanical treasures.
The walk, which takes approximately 1 hour, is suitable for all (special shoes are recommended; significant gradient differences).

Natural protected site = please respect regulations in place.

Start: Car park at the Carrière des Quatre Pieux (quarry).

It is possible to arrange a group guided tour of the Nature Reserve (botanical trail and/or fossil quarry).

NOTE: Walk not suitable for people with reduced mobility

Information: +33 (0)3 86 81 54 26.

More information available on this site.

""Les Fleurs Boudin"" nature trail in Mailly-la-Ville

Explore the land between the river and hillsides (Les Coûtas) and discover the natural and historic heritage of Mailly-la-Ville. Stroll through the fresh undergrowth and open spaces, past the river. Enjoy the variety of landscapes, the network of pine forests, lawns and cultural areas. The trail which is lined with plants, and protected species such as the Pulsatilla vulgaris (Pasque flower) cuts across a part of the Natura 2000 site with ""grassland and calcicolous forests on the hillsides overlooking the Cure and Yonne, upriver from Vincelles.""

There are information boards (FR/UK) all along the trail. You'll learn how wood was transported to Paris and find out the reasons for the decline of the vineyards in the 20th century. You will also learn about the origin of the murgers, dry stone wall constructions which you'll find throughout the area.

More information about this trail.

View from the Natural Reserve

Information boards along the trail

Les Fleurs Boudin nature trail

Passageway near canal