The Jura is nature at its finest.Our region is a paradise for cyclists. Countless outdoor activities are possible in every season.
Exit Arbois following road signage toward Champagnole / Fer à Cheval. A long ascent (250m of elevation gain) of 40 minutes through fresh forest awaits you — without a very steep slope — on this small mountain flank. You’ll be greatly rewarded for your effort once you've arrived on the plateau. There you’ll find the Fer à Cheval belvedere. Take the opportunity to refresh your body and spirit with this stunning view of nature.
Now that you are on the top, there is no steep climb ahead. Go in the direction of the small village, La Chatelaine, then follow Chilly / Ivory / Salins signage. You will cross a small road in the forest and then cross the field.
At the crossroads, go straight in the direction of Ivory, when you are in this village take the direction of Salins / Pretin. Then enjoy the descent with its breathtaking view of the two forts overlooking this town born of salt. Stay attentive in this descent, you have to turn on your left to join the road to Pretin.
In the Pretin Valley, enjoy the fresh air and sky. After you arrive in Marnoz, a short climb will take you to the Arsures, then Montigny les Arsures – the capital of Trousseau — where you will ride across the stunning vineyards. After this lovely village, a short descent will lead you back home to the Closerie.
Leave Arbois in the direction of Montigny-les-Arsures. Savor the view of the village surrounded by ancient vineyards and then take the route to Les Arsures. Follow the direction towards Salins les Bains and catch the impressive view of the famous Mont Poupet. Turn left at Aiglepierre, a peaceful village you will cross en route to Pagnoz.
Take the route toward Mouchard. You will quickly encounter a roundabout where you can pick up the bike lane to Port-Lesney. In the summer, we suggest you take a quick dip in the river ! For the cinephile who has seen Claude Chabrol’s La Ligne de Démarcation, you may recognize some parts of this village…
Then, follow the route in the direction of Buffard – another lovely village by the river with houses of old stone. Take the exit on the left, a small road that passes by the Moulin de l'Arnaud known for its incredible flours. You will then join the main road leading to Arc-et-Senans. Take time to stop and admire the monumental site of Saline Royal designed by Nicolas Ledoux in the 18th century.
On your return to Arbois, you will pass by Cramans, Villers-Farlay and make a very peaceful ride to Villeneuve-d'Aval through a small forest. Or, if you feel you still have good legs, follow Chissey, Montbarrey, Ounans, La Ferte and put in a few more kilometers across the plain.
Cross Arbois via a small back street to reach the Canoz Tower, a beautiful old building surrounded by vineyards. Here you can ascend the tower to admire the view of the town of Arbois.
Back on your route, cross the vineyard of Louis Pasteur to reach Montigny-les-Arsures and finally arrive at Zuave Coco Tower, where you will have yet another a magnificent view of the vineyards surrounding Arbois.
Take in the lovely limestone that makes up the village of Montigny and descend to Arbois via Vauxelles. After arriving in town, go to the river Cuisance and follow it in direction of the village Les Planches. Go straight until you reach the Waterfall of the Tuffs. Here, take a long deep breath of the fresh and cool air the falls create.
If you are attentive on this route des Planches, you will discover a hidden place — the Dérochoir — with an incredible deep blue lagoon and waterfalls. Have a swim if you don’t mind cold water !