MTG2 04 Bourgogne Tonnerre Noyers Avallon Decize
Published: 01/01/2020
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In addition to culinary delights, what does Burgundy have in store for the motorcyclist? First of all it is good to drive there in one day and it is suitable as both a goal and a stopover.

Burgundy is roughly in the rectangle Dijon, Auxerre, Nevers and Macon. It is therefore also a nice trip for a long weekend or a mid-week for people who can't get away too long, but want to taste the real French atmosphere. Secondly, nature is very beautiful, three-quarters of the Morvan, the heart of Burgundy, consists of forest and there is water everywhere in the form of streams, rivers, lake and reservoirs. Culturally, Burgundy is rich, there are plenty of Romanesque churches and pretty towns, so plenty of good things to stop along the way for some sightseeing and to take pictures.

You can indulge yourself with a motorbike tour, there are countless small roads that lead you through the forests, along the lakes and the rivers from one charming place to the next. The approach routes to Burgundy are described in routes 1 and 2 from this series. This review describes the second of 2 routes in this beautiful area.

This route is very suitable for motorcyclists who want to get a good impression of this area, while it seems more like a "drive-through" due to generally straight roads. There is plenty to enjoy during this ride full of green nature and lots of water, if you are lucky enough to travel in the spring, it is also full of flowers. You cross large forests, it is sometimes as if you are driving through a green tunnel, interspersed with fields where babbling brooks find their way, beautiful blue lakes and the sparkling terraces in the charming villages.

This route is only 167 kilometers, so quite short and can be combined with approach route 1 from this series, by starting in Mesnil-Saint-Père. This review starts at the original Tonnerre starting point. We take the D944 and drive towards Yrouerre, the D944 just goes straight to Avallon, but we turn about 500 meters after Yrouerre and follow the D86 to Avallon. This little detour that is definitely worth it. This takes you along the river Serein through the beautiful medieval village of Noyers (RP3). We take a short detour via the beautiful town of Civry-sur-Serein (RP4) and L'Isle-sur-Serein (RP5) before continuing to Avallon, these are ideal points to stop and walk.

The next town is Avallon (RP6), a walled city that is built high on a rock. It is certainly worth stopping here for a walk through the old streets and over the city walls. In this village you will also find buildings with Celtic influences.

When you leave the city in the direction of Lormes, you first drive down and then tour a short distance along the river Cousin. This lies in a beautiful valley. Then you shoot south into the forest. The thirty kilometers to Lormes is a cocktail of turns in a green, water-rich landscape. You will also be surprised by a beautiful view of the castle of Chastellux, which suddenly looms up on your right. After Lormes the landscape becomes a little more spacious, with more meadows and a magnificent panorama on the lake of Pannesière-Chaumard. You also see many streams that flow through these meadows almost at the same level as the grass.

Via Château-Chinon and Moutins-Engilbert we drive on the D37 through Vandenesse, with a castle from 1465, to the final destination Decize. The last part is about the N81. This is like a junction at the bottom of the Burgundy regions, from here you can go in all directions.
Decize is not only a place from which many roads fan out, more also has a number of bridges including the most beautiful truly French stone bridge over the Loire (RP18) and also the end point of this route.

This route with its beautiful roads through the green French landscape is worth 4 **** stars.
RP3 Noyers Mideavel Village
Optional photo 2 RP6 Avallon
Useful links:
Approach route Bourgogne 1
Camping la cascade tonnerre
Camping Les Halles
Hôtel de l'Agriculture
Motortourgids part 1 (25 routes)

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Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (French: [buʁɡɔɲ fʁɑ̃ʃ kɔ̃te] (listen); lit. 'Burgundy-Free County'), sometimes abbreviated BFC, is a region in the east of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014, from a merger of Burgundy and Franche-Comté. The new region came into existence on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections of December 2015, electing 100 members to the regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.The region covers an area of 47,783 km2 (18,449 sq mi); it had a population of 2,811,423 in 2017.
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That France is one of the most beautiful and best touring countries is beyond doubt. It offers an incredibly varied landscape with good roads and a pleasant climate. It is not for nothing that you see so many motorcyclists there. My previous collection of 25 routes in France (25 Magnificent routes in France) were based on the route descriptions from the Motorbike Guide France part 1 made by Bert Loorbach.

This collection of 24 routes comes from Motortourgids France part 2. With this collection a difference has been made between approach routes and motorcycle tours in a certain area. The approach routes can also be used in combination with the routes from Motortourgids France part 1

The routes are sometimes slightly adjusted based on the tips that Bert Loorbach gives in his description, or because of a different place to spend the night, or to achieve the minimum length of 2 hours for the MRA Library. For each route there is a more detailed description in the review, including options for accommodation or places of interest along the way, which are also indicated with a POI and, if possible, with a short description.

Two or more routes have been made for a number of areas, such as Burgundy, Auvergne, The Alps, Tarn and Cévennen and Nord-Pas de Calais. These routes can be nicely combined in a multi-day trip.