We had been walking up the Yonne river from Auxerre for the preceding five days, in furnace-like weather, which we coped with by starting early in the morning and finishing before lunch (fortunately the villages were not far apart).
After Clamecy, we continued along the Yonne and the Canal du Nivernais as far as Tanny. Finding the camping ground there had ceased to exist some years before, we pressed on that afternoon, another twenty kilometres to Varzy. This would have been a nightmare except that it luckily coincided with a cool change.
From Varzy to Donzy we walked mostly in thick forest and the final day was through open meadows with only occasional patches of woodland, ending at Cosne-sur-Loire, where the river Nohain joins the great lazy serpent of the Loire.
Getting to Clamecy
Clamecy has a railway station so you can get there from almost anywhere in France.
Day 1: Clamecy to Varzy
Day 2: Varzy to Donzy
Day 3: Donzy to Cosne-sur-Loire
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