The Meuse by bike also means:
- a network of short routes alternating forests, farming and meadows
- trails for all levels, the toughest containing over 1000 metres of height difference, and others across plains and valleys
- few or no traffic lights!
- some surprising discoveries
- some unexpected delights.
The Voie Verte greenway (29 km long and minimum width 2.5 metres) begins at Fains-les-Sources, at the drawbridge over the canal, 3 km north of Bar-le-Duc. On arriving at Bar-le-Duc, the greenway passes under the railway and the road. A trellis footbridge takes you across the next lock. A canal bridge crosses the Ornain. The Voie Verte continues along the canal as far as the château de Marbeaumont, which is worth the detour. A tour of the town is a must, with its station in front of the monument to Pierre and Ernest Michaux at the bottom of the Rue du Bourg, which you'll take to explore the fine buildings in the upper town.
The Voie Verte continues with a new section under the road and railway, and then another canal bridge, which requires care. It runs through the pretty villages of Longeville-en-Barrois and Tannois followed by the more industrial Tronville-en-Barrois, before reaching the port of Ligny-en-Barrois, where there is a pull-in.
At Longeaux, the trail changes banks. A new canal bridge crosses the Ornain, and crossing the trellis footbridge again requires care.
The Voie Verte then arrives at Naix-aux-Forges, the site of an important Gallo-Roman town, Nasium, near the Leuque oppidum, dating from the end of the Stone Age. The maintained track ends at Saint-Amand-sur-Ornain.