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The Ognon Valley

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The Ognon Valley - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Saône
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This is one of the lovely surprises in southern Haute-Saône: a green valley with the River Ognon running through it, surrounded by wooded hills, fields and forests. This pretty valley in the Ballons des Vosges Regional Nature Park is separated from the Doubs Valley by the Chailluz Mountains.

It contains many typical villages: Pesmes, a listed site with its Renaissance houses and mansions; Marnay, with its old farms, winegrowers' houses and charming church; Montbozon, a floral village with beautiful houses from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, etc. The valley's villages all vie to be most charming, with their church bell towers decorated with mosaics, and their houses with sloping roofs in a red ochre colour. You can also admire the traditional Franche-Comté houses and many fountains and washhouses there.

The valley's moist habitat makes it popular with wildlife, with migrant birds and others species choosing to mate in this natural environment. When it comes to plants, there is an abundance of plants along the river, with reeds, rushes, elm groves that are renowned in the valley, buttercups and reed beds... This is an inviting place for a relaxing stroll to enjoy the varied and peaceful landscapes. The valley is a listed Natural Area of Ecological, Floristic and Faunistic Interest (ZNIEFF, Zone Naturelle d'Intérêt Écologique Faunistique et Floristique). This certification is awarded to rich and largely unchanged natural areas with significant biological potential.

You can go canoeing at the Saut de l'Ognon, a dam built on a narrow gorge, as well as at Villersexel water sports centre, where you should be sure to visit Grammont Castle, a 19th-century Historic Monument.

In autumn, the Ognon Valley Automobile Rally attracts motor racing fans to a circuit of around 115 kilometres.

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The Ognon Valley

Castle Gy (© Jean Espirat)
Castle Gy (© Jean Espirat)
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Mélisey Panorama from the bridge over the Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Mélisey Panorama from the bridge over the Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Mélisey - Vue sur l'Ognon upstream from the bridge (© Jean Espirat)
Mélisey - Vue sur l'Ognon upstream from the bridge (© Jean Espirat)
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Mélisey - View the downstream Ognon from the bridge (© Jean Espirat)
Mélisey - View the downstream Ognon from the bridge (© Jean Espirat)
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Mélisey - Former wash house on the floodway Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Mélisey - Former wash house on the floodway Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Mélisey - Facade of St. Aventine (© Jean Espirat)
Mélisey - Facade of St. Aventine (© Jean Espirat)
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Servance - The jump Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Servance - The jump Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Servance - The jump Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Servance - The jump Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Servance - City Hall (© Jean Espirat)
Servance - City Hall (© Jean Espirat)
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Montbozon - The Ognon seen from the bridge (© Jean Espirat)
Montbozon - The Ognon seen from the bridge (© Jean Espirat)
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Montbozon - Castle of the seventeenth century (© Jean Espirat)
Montbozon - Castle of the seventeenth century (© Jean Espirat)
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Montbozon - Swan Fountain (© Jean Espirat)
Montbozon - Swan Fountain (© Jean Espirat)
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Montbozon - House Bouday (© Jean Espirat)
Montbozon - House Bouday (© Jean Espirat)
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Château-Lambert - Calvary source Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Château-Lambert - Calvary source Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Château-Lambert - The Calvary, birth Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Château-Lambert - The Calvary, birth Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Le Haut-du-Them - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Le Haut-du-Them - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Le Haut-du-Them - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Le Haut-du-Them - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama Château-Lambert (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama Château-Lambert (© Jean Espirat)
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Le Haut-du-Them - Church of the Assumption (© Jean Espirat)
Le Haut-du-Them - Church of the Assumption (© Jean Espirat)
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Servance - Church of the Assumption (© Jean Espirat)
Servance - Church of the Assumption (© Jean Espirat)
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Servance - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Servance - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Servance - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Servance - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Servance - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Servance - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Ternuay - The church (© Jean Espirat)
Ternuay - The church (© Jean Espirat)
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Ternuay - The Ognon at low water (© Jean Espirat)
Ternuay - The Ognon at low water (© Jean Espirat)
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Ternuay - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Ternuay - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Ternuay - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Ternuay - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Ternuay - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
Ternuay - The Ognon (© Jean Espirat)
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Lure - St Martin Church (© Jean Espirat)
Lure - St Martin Church (© Jean Espirat)
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Reliquary St. Desle and St. Columba in the Church of St. Martin (© Jean Espirat)
Reliquary St. Desle and St. Columba in the Church of St. Martin (© Jean Espirat)
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Lure - authentic medieval dwelling (© Jean Espirat)
Lure - authentic medieval dwelling (© Jean Espirat)
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Lure - Fountain with monolithic sandstone basin (© Jean Espirat)
Lure - Fountain with monolithic sandstone basin (© Jean Espirat)
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Statuette of the sapper Camember (© Jean Espirat)
Statuette of the sapper Camember (© Jean Espirat)
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Lure - La font (© Jean Espirat)
Lure - La font (© Jean Espirat)
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Lure - La font (© Jean Espirat)
Lure - La font (© Jean Espirat)
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Lure - La font (© Jean Espirat)
Lure - La font (© Jean Espirat)
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Lure - La font (© Jean Espirat)
Lure - La font (© Jean Espirat)
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