The Walking and hiking opportunities are impressive, whether your are walking through forests or rural farmland, the trails are abundant and well marked. The landscape is of hills, mountains, woodland and small scale agriculture, the paths are crossed by rivers and streams, and hidden traditional villages lost by time can be found scattered through the region.
Clean air, country trails, and undulating landscape are not the only attraction to this amazing area. Historic land marks, chateaux and churches are prevalent and in particular;
Vezelay a UNESCO world heritage site, and an important place of pilgrimage is just 20km away. The Basilique St.Mary Magdalene one of Europe’s largest and best preserved Romanesque churches. Its impressive architecture is alive with fascinating sculptures of Saints, Sinners and Biblical figures. Vezelay’s Basilica during the middle ages was a major pilgrimage destination, particularly because of its relics of St.Mary Magdalene and its position along the route to Santiago Compostela. It is the largest Romanesque church in France and dates back to the 12th Century.
Chateau de Bazoches, is rich in history, architecture and interior design. The chateau over the past 800 years, has been owned by forty successive owners from twenty different families, but its most notable owner, Marshal de Vauban a military leader, engineer and strategist. Vauban, besides being one of King Louis XIV’s most loyal servants, was also an expert in fortification, he invented the bayonet rifle, iron-barrelled cannon and the motar. This restored chateau takes one back to the elegant days of King Louis XIV whilst retaining the strong influence of Vauban and his work.
Located in the heart of Burgundy, this was once Celtic land, and here can be seen huge mysterious granite stones from this age, Morvan in Celtic means “ Black Mountain”.
The Morvan Regional Natural Park is a veritable paradise endowed with verdant forests, sublime lakes, and extraordinary rivers. The Morvan has a rich ecosystem, a combination of forests, rivers, hedgerows and farmland. An array of wildlife species inhabit the Morvan, and the park offers a seemingly endless amount of activities and inspiration for the nature lover. It is a place to absorb the atmosphere, the wonderful clean air, and a place to appreciate the little things that make the Morvan so special.
The Morvan covers nearly a quarter of a million hectares, and the rivers Yonne, Cousin, and Cure weave their way through the park to create some of the most picturesque vistas in the region. Fans of kayaking, canoeing and even whitewater rafting will revel in the sheer variety of lakes, rivers and other wetlands the park has to offer.
In addition to wild boar, deer, badgers, and bats over 150 species of birds have been spotted in the Morvan, rare birds such as hops, kingfisher, dipper, red partridge, flycatcher, ortolan and hawfinch can be observed. The flora and fauna of the Morvan are rich, and autumn is the ideal season for many species of mushrooms and fungi.
There are six major lakes and probably the most popular lake is Le Lac des Settons, the lake is rich in fish including carp, pike, trout and various whitefish. There is a marina and a sailing school and the following activities are available;
Hire of sailing boats, surfboards, paddle boats, kayak
Hiking, mountain biking and horse riding around the lake