Baume les Messieurs - Sermu - Baume

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Note: July 2013 - the steps at waymark 3 have been damaged by overflowing water and have been temporarily closed. The alternative is to continue ahead past the waterfall, out to the road and follow this up to the right. Rejoin the route at waymark 4.
The monastery of Baume les Messieurs and the deep valley in which it sits are rightly famous. However, it can be difficult to explore as the deep valleys and cliffs which gave it security in the past can make walking difficult. This route allows you not only to explore the attractive valley but also to climb out of the valley using a rock staircase built by the monks, to explore their forest and fields above the valley and get some great views. The climb up the valley is steady and reasonably easy and is broken up with waterfalls and cascades. There are no difficult climbs; the route up and down again was made for horses. The quiet village of Sermu is almost completely isolated on its rocky promontory. The route down is easy and follows paths, then forest tracks. The route back into Baume gives very good views of Baume and its site and brings you into the back of the abbey for an interesting exploration.

France - East France - Franche-Comte - Jura

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Museum, Restaurant, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland