Waytypes of the stage
Leaving Gray via the Saône-side quays, La Voie Bleue continues beside the river, on a track not open to motorized vehicles, up until Apremont’s footbridge (and Mantoche Lock). The itinerary between Essertenne-et-Cessey and Heuilley-sur-Saône via Talmay then leads you along roads. A bit before Heuilley-sur-Saône, you rejoin the banks of the Saône up to Pontailler-sur-Saône.
Intersection with the Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne (V 53) at Heuilley-sur-Saône
Two kilometres after Heuilley-sur-Saône, you come to the intersection with the canal marking the interconnection with the Véloroute 53, named ‘Entre Champagne et Bourgogne’.
Warning: even on sections closed to motorized traffic, you may encounter anglers’ cars or maintenance vehicles.
No trains on this stage. Bus Dijon-Gray or Besançon-Gray
- Gray has been awarded the "Cité de Caractère Bourgogne-Franche-Comté" label with its Notre Dame basilica, the town hall, the theatre, the remains of the castle...
- the beach of Velet : swimming possible
- Mantoche: the view of Mantoche from the opposite bank, the pedestrian-bike bridge
- Château de Talmay: classified as a "Historic Monument", this mostly 18th century castle still has a 13th century tower.
- Heuilley/Saône: a commune renowned for its waterways and therefore well known to fishing enthusiasts. In summer, it is possible to rent canoes to navigate on the Saône and Ognon rivers.
- Pontailler-sur-Saône: wash houses and church are surrounded by a very rich natural environment. In summer, a beach on the Saône allows swimming in complete safety. Discover the joys of navigation thanks to the base for renting habitable boats without a licence.