This section took us along the Canal of Burgundy from its confluence with the Saône to the large metropolis of Dijon, where we were glad to have the canal to guide us through the built-up area.
From there the canal followed the valley of the Ouche for two days, as far as Pont d’Ouche, and at that sharp corner we left the canal and went south along the river valley to Bligny.
As soon as we joined the canal there was a sudden change in the weather, from baking hot to cool and rainy. The stretch from St-Jean-de Losne to Dijon was long and largely treeless, so we were happy to exchange searing heat for a bit of inconvenience with raincoats.
We spent a delightful evening dining in the old quarter of Dijon, but the next night, for the first time this year, we had to have a picnic in our tent for lack of a restaurant nearby. This was no bad thing, as it was pouring with rain at the time.
In Bligny we finally got to eat at the gracious hotel which had been closed “exceptionally” on the Saturday night when we were here last time.
Our route for this section
Day 15: Saint-Jean-de-Losne to Dijon
Day 16: Dijon to Sainte-Marie-sur-Ouche