08. 610 France (2/8)
08. 610 France (2/8)

08. 610 France (2/8)

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Covering 2,720km in France, the route of Columban's exile in 610 is divided into 8 parts, which can be followed one after the other or indiscriminately. Starting in Saulieu, this second part of a particularly winding route leads to Sully-sur-Loire through the Burgundy Franche-Comté and Centre-Val de Loire regions.
Around 610, expelled from Luxeuil, Saint Colomban and the Irish monks were taken to Nantes under the guard of armed soldiers who were in charge of taking them on a ship to Ireland. But, barely on board, they managed to escape and, fearing that they would be caught, began an incredible journey through many countries. Most of the journey into exile takes place in France from East to West and then back again after Nantes. The itinerary mainly follows the great rivers and the vineyards often planted on their banks while crossing the historic cities that mark them out.


These two successive crossings of France are not the most direct way to reach the Swiss border to the east of Luxeuil, only 110km away. But they do reflect the strong image of a strong-willed Columban who had left Ireland for good, with no desire to return.

The second part (2/8) consists of 15 stages, each averaging 24km per day:

  1. Saulieu - St-Lèger-Vauban
  2. St-Lèger-Vauban - Avallon
  3. Avallon - Vézelay
  4. Vézelay - Cravant
  5. Cravant - Auxerre
  6. Auxerre - Ouanne
  7. Ouanne - Entrains-sur-Nohain
  8. Entrains-sur-Nohain - Champlemy
  9. Champlemy - Prémery
  10. Prémery - Nevers
  11. Nevers - la Charité-sur-Loire
  12. la Charité-sur-Loire - Cosne-sur-Loire
  13. Cosne-sur-Loire - Bonny-sur-Loire
  14. Bonny-sur-Loire - Gien
  15. Gien - Sully-sur-Loire
  • Departure : 21210 Saulieu
  • Arrival : 45600 Sully-sur-Loire
  • Towns crossed : Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Centre-Val de Loire

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Saulieu is accessible by bus, as is Sully-sur-Loire.

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