Another circular walk around Lizine taking you to beautiful viewpoints and past the limestone pavement.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park at the viewpoint in Moulin Sapin.
(D/A) Take the small path on the other side of the road towards the viewpoint of La Piquette.
(1) Walk down to the left parallel to the left bank of the Loue. The path cuts across the road several times. Then take the path on the left down to the right bank of the Lison. Follow the Lison past the ruins of Moulin Sapin.
(2) Climb back up to Lizine. Go past the back of the church, and then at the end of the road, turn right and then immediately left onto Rue de la Tendue. On the right, a signpost indicates the way to Villevoz fountain which is worth a return trip.
Turn right onto Chemin de la Tendue again and continue as far as the pond.
(3) Go around the pond to the left, and then turn left down the road. Continue straight on down the path at the hairpin bend. Follow this path for about 1.7 km until you reach the D103.
(4) Take the D103 to the right, ignoring the crossing with the path to the Lapiaz (limestone pavement) on the left (5). Continue straight on to the Gouille Noire viewpoint.
(6). Come back 50m down the road until you reach the crossing mentioned above.
(5) Turn right down the path signposted for the Lapiaz and the viewpoint of La Piquette. Follow along the cliff, go past the limestone pavement on the marked path and keep going until you reach the viewpoint at the crossroads where you started.
(1) Take this path to the left to get back to the car park (D/A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 371m
1 : km 0.31 - alt. 378m - Junction at the viewpoint
2 : km 1.91 - alt. 320m - Ruins of Moulin Sapin
3 : km 3.68 - alt. 418m - Pond
4 : km 5.61 - alt. 438m - Road D103
5 : km 6.07 - alt. 429m - Chemin des Lapiaz crossing
6 : km 6.16 - alt. 405m - Gouille Noire viewpoint
D/A : km 8.51 - alt. 378m
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As you leave Lizine, you can make a short detour to visit Villevoz fountain.
This hike allows you to discover the geological and karstic curiosities which are the source du Lison (the Lison spring), the creux Billard (the Billard hollow) and the grotte Sarrazine (the Sarrazine cave).
The great advantage of this route is that overlooks the creux Billard and offers natural uncovered lookout points from the upper plateau.
A stroll along the ridge separating the Loue Valley and that of the river Doubs and then along the banks of the Doubs with a panoramic view of the Château de Montferrand ruins.
Peaceful downhill hike through the Montfaucon valley to the feudal castle perched on its rocky outcrop. Then from a lost fountain to a forgotten fountain, you will go through and, no doubt, appreciate the wild freshness of the Nacra steephead valley.
The Loue Spring (tributary of the Doubs) is a resurgence of the Doubs. After journeying underground, it comes out into the open air at the bottom of a 'reculée' (steephead valley), at the foot of the rock face. It has cut deep into the limestone of the Jura massif, creating an enclosed valley, which I invite you to gaze at and contemplate from the many lookout points. You will also go down to the bottom of the gorge to discover this impressive resurgence.
From the old village of Mouthier, you will climb up to the tourism hotspot Franche-Comté , one of the major natural sites of Doubs: the Source of the Loue and up the Nouailles Gorges. You will overlook its emerald green waters interspersed with rapids and waterfalls, climbing and a scenic, physically demanding trail, perhaps surprising along the way some old forgers printing counterfeit money in the shade of caves and returning by the crest of cliffs and lookout points overlooking the valley.
The route around the lake is a long hike but on good roads. Saint-Point-Lac is the third-largest natural lake in France. The path will take you along and close to the lake but also rises up a little and leads away from it at times for better views.
This trail is littered with signs to better understand your environment.
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