Cosne sur Loire and La Loire a Velo

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Stowing bikes in the castle cellar at CosneThe 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.

Our cottage in the castle at Cosne sur Loire
Our cottage in the castle at Cosne sur Loire
Our cottage in the castle at Cosne sur Loire
Our cottage in the castle at Cosne sur Loire
Stowing bikes in the castle cellar at Cosne
Stowing bikes in the castle cellar at Cosne
Coffee in our hanging garden at Cosne
Coffee in our hanging garden at Cosne
La  Loire a Velo
Near the start of La Loire a Velo
La  Loire a Velo
La Loire a Velo
La  Loire a Velo
La Loire a Velo
Loire Canal
Loire Canal
Loire Canal
Loire Canal
Vineyards from Sancerre
Vineyards from Sancerre
Vineyards from Sancerre
Vineyards from Sancerre
Viaduct from Sancerre
Viaduct from Sancerre
Viaduct from below
Viaduct from below
French estate near Sancerre
French estate near Sancerre
Charite sur Loire
Charite sur Loire
Charite sur Loire
Charite sur Loire
Charite sur Loire
Charite sur Loire
Charite sur Loire
Charite sur Loire
La Pont Canal at Briare - Canal crossing the Loire
La Pont Canal at Briare - Canal crossing the Loire
La Pont Canal at Briare - Canal crossing the Loire
La Pont Canal at Briare - engineering and art
La Pont Canal at Briare - Canal crossing the Loire
Canal boat crossing over the Loire at Briare
Canal boat crossing over the Loire at Briare
Canal boat high over the Loire at Briare
Canal boat high over the Loire at Briare
Loire far below the canal
Loire far below the canal
Steps down from the Pont Canal at Briare
Steps down from the Pont Canal at Briare