Another day, another castle home! The last canal we explored in the Burgundy region was the Loire Canal near the headwaters of the Loire just north of Nevers, on the west side of the Loire right over the western edge of Burgundy. This was the part of La Loire a Velo we missed last year and includes the famous wine regions of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume.
We stayed in a cute cottage "Gîte Vieux Château jardin suspendu" built right into the castle wall. It was very roomy and had a lovely little “hanging garden” terrace. From this base we explored the beautiful but crumbling towns of La Charite sur Loire and Pouilly Fume which are right along the river and easily accessible by bike. We also explored Sancerre which is a picturesque town high up on a mountain type and not accessible by normal cyclists. Times like these you are really happy to have a vehicle! We were also able to buy a case of their famous Sauvignon Blanc, which we couldn’t have done on bikes.
On our way north from Cosne we stopped at the Pont Canal in Briare, where the Briare Canal actually crosses the Loire to connect to the Loire Canal in a spectacular 19th century engineering feat.