This 12km trail takes about 4 hours. It leads along the River Cusancin and up to the Saint-Erminfroi chapel.
Need a break in the country? Baume les Dames and the surrounding region is the perfect place. You'll love the lush green valleys and cliffs, but also the local heritage, culinary specialities and craftsmanship. There really is something for everyone! This is also the ideal playground in which to enjoy all sorts of outdoor pursuits such as climbing, hiking and cycling.
Hikes and picnics in the Cusancin valley
Set off for a walk amid the lush greenery of the lovely Cusancin valley, a true haven of peace! Near Baume-les Dames, this little green gem stretching as far as the eye can see is dotted with tranquil villages and follows a river where anglers and fine gourmets can fish for trout. A popular site among nature lovers!
At the bottom of this valley you'll find 2 sources:
- the calm and colourful Blue source,
- the wilderness of the Green source.
Next, be sure to make the walk to the Saint Erminfroi chapel! From its rocky spur, this chapel offers a stunning view over the valley and forest. Perfect for recharging your batteries!
Focus on the hiking itinerary
Climbing excursion in Baume les Dames
In this valley there's nothing easier than taking to the heights, thanks to the 460 climbing routes to be found in Baume les Dames and Laissey! There are routes to suit every preference and level, from novice to experienced climber.
In the company of a climbing instructor, or in a one-to-one confrontation with the rock face, you'll discover the joys of climbing in the great outdoors! So grab your harness and prepare for a highly enjoyable ascent.
Tips for beginners
So you're no specialist? Call upon the services of Quentin Steiner, a guide from Terrains d'Aventures. In summer, the Tourist Office organises climbing excursions supervised by the man himself.
Visit to Baume les DamesWalking in the historical centre
The characterful town of Baume les Dames is an invitation to wander and take the time to explore the picturesque streets. A discovery trail leads step by step to the church of St. Martin, the house with a turret, the private mansion of the Lords of Neufchâtel, and of course the Abbey.Tour of the traditional typography studio, Affiche Moilkan
During your visit to the historical centre, be sure to stop at the Affiche Moilkan artisanal printing studio, which specialises in typography and lino printing techniques. As the name suggests, the Affiche Moilkan studio creates… posters ("affiches" in French) and is fond of wordplay.
Step inside for an authentic moment of shared discussion and learn about this unique and colourful world of humour. The artistic couple in charge have a motto:
Ici on ne Déprime pas, On imprime ! (We don't get depressed, we just print!)
Tour with a human guide or a mobile app?
Possibility of visiting the town on a guided tour organised by the Tourist Office in July and August. Alternatively, you can visit independently at your own pace, with the help of Izi.travel, a free downloadable app that transforms your smartphone into an audioguide.
Bike ride on the Eurovélo 6 cycle path
What better way to visit a valley than by bike? The EuroVélo 6 is a long-distance itinerary stretching between the city of Nantes and the Black Sea. Ideal for safely exploring along this greenway leading along the River Doubs and across spectacular settings amid the lush greenery of this bucolic and unspoilt valley.
- Tip: there are train stations in a number of the towns and villages on this itinerary, which means you can return to your departure point by train. All TER (regional express trains) accommodate bicycles at no extra cost, so you can cover longer distances and see even more of this beautiful valley.