Chagny, France

Twinned in 1978

The Town Of Chagny, France

Letchworth twinned with Chagny in 1978 at which time our Twinning Association was formed. Chagny lies in the Saône and Loire Department of France in the heart of the Burgundy wine region, roughly midway between Beaune and Chalon-sur-Saône. The villages around Chagny give their names to the world famous wines of Burgundy - the whites of Montrachet and Meusault and reds of Volnay, Pommard, Givry and Maranges. Also in Burgundy you find Crémant de Bourgogne, Burgundy’s excellent and cheaper alternative to champagne. Further south is the Beaujolais region. When visiting Chagny a visit to at least one wine producer and his “cave” is a must, to sample his wines and maybe buy directly from him.

The Canal du Centre passes through Chagny bringing holidaymakers in their boats. Narrowboats can be hired. The towpath (fifty miles long in total) along the canal is popular with walkers and cyclists.

Apart from wine making, industry in the town includes barrel making, tile manufacture and flour milling.

Chagny has several notable sights e.g. an Italian style theatre “the Copiaus” and an authentic 18th century pharmacy with original wood panelling and artefacts – scales, pestles and mortars; the garden of Dr Loydreau with its mediaeval herbs and the 11th/13th century church of Saint Martin.

The town has excellent hotels and restaurants notably Lameloise, which has a three star Michelin rating and regularly voted the world’s best French restaurant by TripAdvisor.com. Every Sunday there is a market in the town with over 160 stalls selling fruit and vegetables, meats, cheese, clothing, hardware and bric-a-brac – everything you would expect a market to have.

Beaune to the north is the centre of Burgundy's wine trade with the Hospice with its distinctive tiled roof and museum, remains of a time when Dukes of Burgundy were more powerful than the Kings of France, the highlight of the town.

Travelling To Chagny

Using the Autoroutes (which one has to pay a toll). After crossing the Channel by ferry or Eurotunnel to Calais the best route is via Reims, Troyes and Dijon to Beaune (which is the nearest exit to Chagny) and then by ordinary road to Chagny. Travelling using Route Nationale roads, which are toll-free, can take longer – two or more days at will.

By rail – Letchworth to Kings Cross then walk to St Pancras to catch Eurostar to Paris. The majority of these Eurostar trains go to the Garde du Nord in Paris which then has to be crossed using the Metro or the RER to the Gare du Lyon for a TGV train to Dijon and from there a local train to Chagny. A few Eurostar trains go to Lille where it is possible to catch a TGV train to Dijon without the worry of crossing Paris.

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The link with both towns has existed for more than 20 years and some families have corresponded for all of that time, but many bonds are much more recent and we welcome new people all the time from the Letchworth area to start to visit one or both of these towns.

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