Grandes Traversées du Jura

Mountain bikers, walkers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers…adventurers of all persuasions take on the challenging Grandes Traversées du Jura (Grand Jura Crossings; GTJ). Depending on the mode of transport, it's up to 500km of cross-country tracks between Villers-le-Lac (south of Belfort) and Hauteville-Lompnes (past the southwesterly boundary of Parc du Haut-Jura).

Itineraries vary between disciplines. For walkers, the track peaks at 1720m and follows one of France’s coldest valleys. Summer brings mountain bikers sweating along 385km of trails. In winter, progressing along the well-groomed 180km track is a feat even for the ultrafit.

For the GTJ low-down, including maps and accommodation details, visit www.gtj.asso.fr.

Route des Vins du Jura

The Route des Vins du Jura (Jura Wine Trail; www.jura-vins.com) is a delightful 80km of chardonnay, savagnin and pinot noir vineyards, time-worn stone villages and darkly wooded slopes. Tour in summer and sip wines from four protected areas, stocking up on bottles from more than 140 cellars along the way.