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Circuit of the Cross of Virine

Hikes & walks in Circourt

Circuit of the Cross of Virine - Hikes & walks in Circourt
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Description sheet

DepartmentVosges
Departure municipalityCircourt
Outing typeHike
DifficultyEasy
Duration4h30
Recommended periodfrom january to december
EnvironmentCountryside
Kilometres16 km
Altitude upon departure300m
Change in altitude100m

Access

From Epinal, take the direction of Circourt. By taking the D39, park on a picnic area in the direction of Bouxières-aux-Bois, at the level of the forest of Donzey.

Itinerary

Step 1: At the starting point (picnic area) follow the marked route of a red disc on a white background. Take the road to La Croix de Virine via the chemin de la Croix. Descend along a vineyard before going around an orchard and enter the forest.

Step 2: Turn left at the intersection towards the Saumeurs mineral spring. You will then pass in front of a solitary domestic ash tree. After 400 meters, cross the D39 and engage in the path in front.

3rd stage: You will arrive in a clearing with a view of an old gypsum quarry covered by the Haut du Herré grove. Continue your way on the ridge line which exposes the village of Circourt and the Cross of Virine. Arrived on a road just driveable, take on your left. In the distance, a second forest massif emerges.

4th stage: Cross the D39 at the Calvary and follow it for about 400 meters before taking the marked road on your right.

5th step: Wander along the meandering streams of Vau stream and then take a long gentle climb up to the road, leaving the valley.

6th step: Cross again the D39 and take the paved road parallel to the departmental. At about 1.8 km turn left. When you reach the road, turn right to go back to the starting point.

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