We spent five days dawdling upstream along the river Yonne and the Canal du Nivernais. The weather was extremely hot, so we only walked for a few hours each morning, starting early. Most of the time we followed the towpath instead of the GRP (Meanders of the Yonne).
Auxerre was a most interesting and picturesque town and the villages on the Canal were typically Burgundian – charming, prosperous, not far apart, full of flowers and well-supplied with cafés for the needy walker.
The countryside was benign, despite the heat, with mature crops of wheat and sunflowers on either side of the tree-shaded strip of the canal.
Our route for this section
Day 21: Auxerre to Vincelles
Day 22: Vincelles to Mailly-le-Château
Day 25: Coulanges-sur-Yonne to Clamecy