The Cirque de Baume-les-Messieurs

Discover one of the most beautiful natural sites and one of the prettiest villages in the Franche-Comté.

Technical sheet No. 4098342

A Baume-les-Messieurs walk posted on 15/06/15 by Sarita J. Last update : 26/12/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h25 ?
Distance Distance : 10.72 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 468 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 461 m
Highest point Highest point : 520 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 306 m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Baume-les-Messieurs (39570|39210)
Starting point Starting point : N 46.70766° / E 5.648067°
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(1) Set out from the car park at Abbaye de Baume. Walk down into the village, turn right and cross the small stone bridge over the Seille. Then turn left and walk down Rue des Moulins for 50m.

(2) Take the path to the right up to Echelles de Sermu (GR59, red and white waymarks). The slope is steep and rocky and there is a risk you can slip in some parts, so be careful, especially in wet weather.

(3) At the viewpoint, you will have a real reward for your effort, as there is a magnificent panorama. Take the GR59 to the left along the cliffs towards the cirque until you reach Sermu. Some passages can be quite muddy in wet weather.

(4) In Sermu, turn right onto the D70E2 and follow the road until you reach Sur Roche. There are beautiful views from the cliffs.

(5) At Sur Roche, carefully make your way down the steps on the left towards Cascade des Tufs and the caves (Echelle de Crançot).

(6) At the beautiful site of Reculée de Baume-les-Messieurs, you can enjoy a picnic or eat in a café.

Return along the same path to get back to point (5) and walk left along the D70E2 for about 200m.

(7) Take the path that forks off to left and follow the GR59 through the woods. Follow the signs (which are not always obvious) and ignore any paths off to the left or right. After a sharp bend to the left, head towards Croix de Suchot.

(8) At the viewpoint of Croix de Suchot, there is another stunning panorama. Leave back along the same path, ignoring the turning off to the right that you took earlier and carry straight on to the D70, which you then take to your left for about 50m.

(9) Leave the road and take the path on your left down into the forest towards Baume-
les-Messieurs. The slope is quite steep and some passages are tricky especially in rainy weather.

(10) You will come out above Abbaye de Baume, walk around to the left or right to get back to the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 311 m - Abbaye de Baume car park
1 : km 0.31 - alt. 312 m - Start of the path to Echelles de Sermu
2 : km 0.95 - alt. 475 m - Viewpoint at Echelles de Sermu - Belvédère de Sermu
3 : km 2.27 - alt. 505 m - Sermu, D70E2
4 : km 3.63 - alt. 499 m - Viewpoint at Roches de Baume - Belvédère des Roches de Baume
5 : km 4.47 - alt. 396 m - Cascades des Tufs - Cascades de Tuf sur le Dard
6 : km 5.37 - alt. 505 m - Leave the road and take the GR59 on the left
7 : km 8.95 - alt. 464 m - Croix de Suchot - Croix de Suchot
8 : km 8.99 - alt. 484 m - Belvédère de Suchot
9 : km 9.59 - alt. 493 m - D70, on the left
10 : km 10.47 - alt. 349 m - Abbaye de Baume - Église Abbatiale Saint-Pierre
D/A : km 10.72 - alt. 311 m

Useful Information

Walking boots are highly recommended if not essential.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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