The Combe of Angelon
Leschères, a linear settlement
Along a roadway, these adjoining houses form a “building front”. Nestled on hillside, Leschères has developed in a combe landscape. The main facade of the houses overlooks the public road area, whilst at the back the private gardens open onto meadows. Houses are built into the hillside and have a basement floor, which usually contains a cellar and which opens out directly into the garden.
The alpine newt
Although it spends half the year on land, this amphibian also needs the shallow waters of ponds and ruts to reproduce and lay its eggs. During its land phase, the alpine newt only leaves its hiding place at night, slowly crawling on the ground in the search for food. But during its aquatic phase, it doesn’t hesitate to move around and feed sometimes during the middle of the day. The alpine newt is a good swimmer and can spend several minutes holding its breath in cold water. You will recognise it by its characteristic bright-orange underbelly.
A world of sound
The Angelon combe circuit passes through one of the High-Jura’s most remarkable acoustic sites. On the abrupt and wooded slope of the combe, the village overlooks an amphitheatre close to one kilometre in diameter, through which you will travel. Be sure to notice what the eye cannot see: the buzzing of insects, the hum from the village, the ringing of a herd grazing in the distance, the rustling of the wind through the leaves or the trill of the birds. Nature’s soundtrack reveals what is near and what is far, what is small and large and even what is invisible to the eye.
The common toad
Due to the fact that it eats a large number of insects and slugs, the toad is considered an agricultural or gardening assistant. So, if you see toads in your garden, let them do their job! A victim of many diseases, pesticides and insecticides (either directly or indirectly with the disappearance of their natural prey), this species’ numbers are dwindling; we need to learn to preserve it.
Viewpoint over Sur la Côte
The viewpoint opens out over the valley of the Bienne, Valfin and the Jura mountains, and offers an interesting view of the Jura’s layers.
Viewpoint from Capet
Nestled in the forest, on the edge of a ridge, this viewpoint over the hamlet of Angelon and the village of Leschères is also a good listening post.
Angelon listening post
Atop its hill, the hamlet of Angelon is an integral part of the acoustic site of the Leschères combe. It is a listening post from which village activities can be heard, and particularly the lovely ring of the village’s church bells.
From the LESCHERES village centre, the trail (yellow waymarking) follows the righthand road towards Angelon. Head past a playground and reach Madagascar.
The grassy path heads down to the right, parallel to the village. 50 meters from a farm hangar, branch of to the left and head to the bottom of the combe, staying on the grassy path. At the lowest point, head up the meadow to reach the closest line of spruces. Follow along the spuces to your left over 40 meters and enter the forest. Closely follow a winding path (old trail on the hillside) and exit onto the verge of a clearing. Head up the path to your left until you reach Bataillard.
Take a sunken path to your right, bordered by low walls, that heads down and then up, following along a few combes, until it comes to the hamlet of Vichaumois. Head uphill via a road to your left (viewpoint over the village).
At the top of the hamlet, in Vichaumois, follow a path to the left (white and red waymarking) that crosses through clearings overgrown with junipers, former dry grasslands. Head past a clearing and exit onto a road at Sur les Bans.
The BELVEDERE ON THE HILL can be accessed to your right within 15 minutes there and back, (red and white waymarking) (landscape reading table on the tiers of the High Jura).
From Sur les Bans, head up to your left (yellow waymarking) on a forest path. When you come to a flat area, take another left turn (westwards) to reach a ridge.
To your right, on the rocky spur, you will find the BELVEDERE OF CAPET.
Head back down along a small trail that branches off to the left. At the bottom of the crossing at Fontaine à Pochon, enter the hamlet of Angelon to your right. Take the road to the left and head back to Leschères.
Be careful of the humid, and sometimes flooded areas between Madagascar and Bataillard during strong rainfall.
This trail passes through pastures with livestock and forest paths. To respect the owners and farmers granting you passage, and for the security of livestock and wild fauna, we ask that you remain on the waymarked paths. Use the adapted passageways to get across fencing and be sure to close gateways behind you.
Please keep your dog on a lead if you have one.
Wild flowers are beautiful, they may be rare and protected and often wilt quickly. Do not pick them! They will delight the next hikers.In case of forest works (felling, skidding, etc.), for your safety, know when to stop and turn around.
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