Hiking tour – Lakes and waterfalls in Jura

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D 1
Day 1 – Arrival at PONT DE POITTE
a small village located at the banks of the Ain River. Dinner, bed and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
D 2
Day 2 – LA PYLE bridge – PONT DE POITTE (24 km – 7.00 hour walk)
A taxi drops you by the La Pyle bridge in the morning. Through the forest, you head to the Belvedere de Chateau Renard and walking along the lake to the La Pyle bridge. You continue to the Sauchauffant beach and ascent onto the top of some hills dominating the lake. You leave the lake to go and discover some picturesque villages and hamlets as St Christophe or Marsonnay. You will reach again the lake banks by the tiny La Saisse port and walk along the Ain river to Pont de Poitte, admiring the famous “marmites des Geants” (large holes drilled into the boulders in river beds by the flow of water) and the “Saut de la Saisse” (small waterfall). Dinner, bed and breakfast in a the same hotel
D 3
Day 3 – PONT DE POITTE – CLAIRVAUX LES LACS (25 km – 730 hour walk)
You leave Pont de Poitte walking along the other bank of the Ain river and Vouglans lake. The path runs along water or through fields to reach and go across some pleasant villages. Past Auge, you will leave the lake and will pass through meadows and forests to attain Thonia, a small village known for its Fruitière, where Comté cheese in still produced in a traditional manner. You will make your way through the prairies towards the hamlet of Soucia and the small lake and large Lake of Clairvaux. These will guide you to your hotel. Dinner, bed and breakfast in a 2-star hotel on the lake’s edge
D 4
Day 4 – CLAIRVAUX LES LACS – ILAY (commune of Chaux du Dombief – 22km – 6.30 hour walk)
The path brings you to Uxelles, a small village snuggled around a lovely 17th-century chapel and joined to the Vallée du Hérisson (Hedgehog Valley). This river has no connection whatsoever to the animal for which it seems to have been named. Its name was actually derived from a mixture of Greek and Celtic words which mean “sacred water”. The name is no error, this is truly a divine place! Seven waterfalls fall in succession of each other over several kilometers, the largest falling from more than 60 kilometers high! It is a spectacular vision of the magic of water! Your hotel is at the end of the path. Dinner, bed and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
D 5
Day 5 – 25 km circular walk in the discovery of the Lac (lake) de Bonlieu, La Vallée (valley) du Drouvenant, La Reculée and the Cascade (waterfall) de la Frasnée
passing by the village Saint Maurice-Crillat, the Crillat Chapel, the belvedere of La Frasnée and the resurgence of Le Trou des Gangônes. You will return by way of the Lac de Bonlieu’s other shore, where you find ruins of the Chartreuse Notre-Dame Dinner, bed and breakfast in the same 2-star hotel
D 6
Day 6 – 22 km circular walk in discovery of the Four Lakes
The day begins with an ascent towards the Chaux du Dombief, which you will attain because you will turn off before, crossing through the forest to the Belvedere of the Four Lakes. Behold, a magnificent view onto the lakes of Ilay, Narlay the the Grand and Petit Mache. You will follow the coastal road to the Pic de l’Aigle (Eagle’s Peak). You will then descend to the banks of the Lacs Mache for a stroll which will bring you to the Lac de Narlay – the smallest but deepest of the four – and will then turn towards Ilay by the path overlooking the Lac d’Ilay. The small island in the middle of this lake was once home to one of the oldest monsters of the region of the Franche Comté – Dinner, bed and breakfast in the same 2-star hotel
D 7
Day 7 – ILAY – DOUCIER (23 km – 7 hour walk)
You will leave the hamlet and, for the pleasure of it, descend the Chemin des Sept Cascades (Path of the Seven Waterfalls)! You will continue your hike in the Vallée du Hérisson to discover two natural lakes which will welcome you into calm and reverie… the Lacs du Val et de Chambly. You will walk along their banks to Doucier. But before heading to the hotel, you will admire the Lac de Chalain of the belvederes of “Sur la Roche” and of La Fraite. You will descend then to the banks and follow the lake to the village – Dinner, bed and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
D 8
Tour ends after breakfast
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