The very title gives away the idea! As you cycle along, stop to visit farms, dairies and cheese shops, discovering the passionate craft knowledge involved in making and ageing the fine range of cheeses produced in our regions. This is cycling for those with a refined palate!
Along La Voie Bleue, three sections of the route have been designated ‘Vélo & Fromage’ trails, in Saône-et-Loire, Haute-Saône, and Moselle respectively.
In Saône-et-Loire, following the Grande Boucle de Bourgogne du Sud (or Great Southern Burgundy Loop), goat’s cheese has pride of place among the 23 sites connected with cheese listed in these parts, going from farm visits, including tastings, to markets. (This cycling circuit takes you along La Voie Bleue from Chalon-sur-Saône to Mâcon, then round via La Voie Verte back to Châlon.)
In Haute-Saône, going from Ambiévillers up to Essertenne and Cecey, the 140km of track following waterways allow you to discover locks and swing bridges – notably that at Selles, a listed historic monument. But along this gentle stretch of cycle route, you can add to your enjoyment with little stops dedicated to cheese, with 13 listed sites.
In the county of Moselle, La Voie Bleue runs alongside the Moselle River between Apach (on the border with Luxembourg) and Novéant-sur-Moselle, passing via the towns of Thionville and Metz. Covering 120km, this stretch alternates between rural parts, former industrial quarters, wooded banks and vine-covered slopes. In addition, some 20 cheese-devoted sites lie close to your route along this fine tributary of the Rhine.
To consult the Atlas 'Vélo & Fromages' (FRENCH), see here