Les Planches en Montagne to Le Frasnois

The adjacent small, understated road bridge was a surprise in that firstly, we hadn’t expected the gorge beneath it to be so deep, and secondly, we were suitably impressed with the view of the waterfall it gave us. So, using our trusty maps app, we soon figured out a modest circular walk that would get us to the “cascade” and back again.

Not being deterred by the “rue barrée” road sign we climbed the steep lane in front of us. We then came across the workmen carving a trench across the road and now understood why the road was closed. Sophie was all for approaching the men and asking if we could slide by, but I strongly advised against distracting anyone using loud and heavy machinery, and was on my way back down the lane. Anyway, needless to say, my advice was completely ignored, and after fluttering her eyelids at the chaps, we had soon bypassed the obstacle. We then descended down to the impressive waterfall and enjoyed the rest of the walk.

Venturing further into the “Parc Naturel du Haut-Jura”, we next wanted to visit the famed “Cascades du Hérisson”. After a little research, we could see that it would cost us €5 to park to see this natural feature, which we objected to, but not wanting to “cut off our nose to spite our face”, I suggested we go and see it from another vantage point, and then take a view. As it turned out, there didn’t appear to be much water, and so decided there wasn’t much of a spectacle to be worth the detour.

Later on, and for possibly the second or third time this trip, Sophie unexpectedly pointed out a likely Park4night spot right next a lovely lake, and the SatNav confirmed her suspicion. So, after the usual “dance” of finding the perfect vantage point, for one of us at least 😉, we enjoyed a walk along one side of Le Petit Maclu lake, and then settled for the rest of the day and night, with just one neighbour for company.

*** Just to mention that our blogs can be up to a few weeks behind reality, as we’re always in catch-up mode ***

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