Source de la Saine
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Source de la Saine

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The Saine valley is home to a great number of natural treasures. We invite you to discover its source; a resurgence, in fact, with a wild but accessible character, a real jewel of the classified site of the Haute Vallée de la Saine.

A few steps from Foncine-le-Haut, it is in the shelter of its limestone amphitheatre that the Saine river originates in complete privacy, before sculpting the typical landscape of the Malvaux gorges. This hike invites you not only to take advantage of the healthy energy that emanates from this place to recharge your batteries, but also to get up high and contemplate a grandiose and unusual landscape from the Roche Fendue lookout.

From the FONCINE-LE-HAUT information point, the route goes up the Grande Rue for 150m and ends at the Place Le Village (shops and fountain).
It branches off to the left (white and red markings) and runs alongside the river Saine, then follows the road to Chez Vallet.

At the end of the hamlet, the shady path lined with low walls turns right and goes up to the Pâture-du-Bayard.

The SOURCE DE LA SAINE is accessible (yellow markings) in 15 minutes round trip (interpretation panels - La source de la Saine). On the way back from the spring, a path climbs to the right (yellow and red markings) towards the Bayard. The path runs alongside a pasture, overlooking the Foncine valley, then follows a grassy path.

At Sous-le-Bayard, the stony path forks to the right and climbs quickly to reach Vie-Romaine. Then the path climbs gradually to the left to the BAYARD botanical trail.

The small road on the right joins La Combette aux Loups in 50 metres. On the left, the path leads to the viewpoint of LA ROCHE FENDUE in a pleasant undergrowth.

You retrace your steps a few metres to continue to the right along the ridge as far as Côte Bayard, then turn right and, after a long, gradual descent through the juniper trees, reach the Renvers des Ruines pass.

The Belvédère du Couillou can be reached in 5 minutes round trip on the right. Back at the pass, the road on the right descends to the Chemin du Col and then (yellow markings) crosses the hamlet of LES RUINES (18th century chapel).

At the end of the hamlet, the country lane turns right and leads to the Grange-Charnoz, then rejoins the road at an oratory (dated 1747) to reach Le Bas-de-Ville.

The road continues on the left, then a path towards La Vie-à-Gayet. The route turns right, crosses the road, descends to a sawmill, and crosses the D 437 at Moulin Choudet.

Continue across the river Saine and cross it at the Pont du Thiémont. Follow the path to the left towards Les Isles, bordering the left bank of the river, to find the start.

Departure FONCINE-LE-HAUT
Arrival FONCINE-LE-HAUT
  • 319 m
  • 11.1 Km
  • Difficult
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