The park is surrounded by hilly meadows and woods. At 300 m. you find the Nivernais Canal with its many locks, where you can enjoy walking, cycling and fishing. The Canal of Nivernais is among the nicest of Europe.
Next to the Canal flows the Yonne, where you can fish just like on the Nivernais canal. Info & Regulations.
At 5 km you will find Corbigny, a pretty town with its beautiful 18th century Abbey. There is a shopping street, the little Friday market and every second Tuesday of the month a large market. There are 2 supermarkets (Aldi and Atac), baker, butcher, bank, little shops and restaurants. In August “ Les Fêtes Musicales,” are organized, 5 classical concerts in the courtyard of the Abbey. Also in August there are the annual 2 Flea days (Brocante). They are well-known.
At 18 km you find the lake “Étang de Baye et Vaux”, near to La Collancelle, from where you can make lovely boat trips on the lake and along the Canal. This is really worth your while, because at La Collancelle there are 3 large tunnels in the Canal, of which the longest is 758 meter. At the lake there is also a little beach.
Other lakes in the neighborhood: Lac Chaumeçon (20 km), Lac Pannecière (reservoir, 30 km) with strand, Lac Des Settons (reservoir, 40 km) where you can go water-skiing, boat pedaling or make a boat trip
The department of the Nièvre is rich in castles, many of which can be visited, like Bazoches (15 km) and Villemolin (10 km).
Worth a visit is Guédelon in Treigny (60 km), where a new castle is being made with materials and tools from the Middle Ages.
At 35 km lies Vézelay, known as a place of pilgrimage and part of the pilgrims route to Santiago de Compostella.Here is the Basilique of Vézelay, Sainte Madeleine, a construction from the 11th century. It is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage.
Other nice places: Clamecy (25 km), Nevers (60 km, city of porcelain), Auxerre at 70 km with e.g. the Abbey of Saint Germain, where, in de crypt the oldest frescoes of Europa (850AD) are being kept, Avallon at 40 km (nice Saturday morning market), La Charité sur Loire (60 km, city of books). Sancerreat 80 km and Pouilly sur Loire at 65 km, both beautiful wine regions.
Fishing in the Canal or in the Yonne (trout) or the surrounding lakes.
Canoeing on the Yonne (15 km). Ballooning (Montgolfière Vezelay).
At Avallon (40 km) there is a large activity park with a tree climbing circuit (Parcours Aventure). You can play paintball, canoeing on the river Cure, climbing, horseback riding etc. (www.loisirsenmorvan.com).
Many vide-greniers are organized around, always fun to do.