By walking from Montigny-sur-Aube to Courban, this hiking tour allows you to discover the reliefs of the Pays Châtillonnais. The large agricultural plots are followed by wooded plateau. When going back you can have a stop in the Montigny-sur-Aube castle and discover its chapel, its park and its orchards-vegetable gardens.
This tour encourages you to discover the Gallo-Roman site f Vartillium and the Molesme abbey (XIth century). You will go through the vineyards and enjoy a magnificent viewpoint on the forest, the Laigne valley and Molesme. During this hiking you will be able to visit three villages full of history: Molesme, Villedieu and Vertault
From Billy-lès-Chanceaux, you will walk through a beautiful small valley. At some point you can notice the Notre-Dame d'Oigny abbey, founded in XIIth century. Try to find the oak tree where Saint Louis had a rest before its last crusade
From Aignay-le-Duc to Etalante. From Aignay-le-Duc, you will stride along a plateau before arriving to the la Pothière farm, a former manor house that represents the typical Burgundian architecture of the XVth an XVIth centuries. When entering Etalante, a beautiful village, you will see the cirque of the Coquille, a protected natural site where the Coquille river begins. You will follow a path that leads to Aignay-le-Duc through the small valley of the Coquille. On your way down you will enjoy a beautiful viewpoint of houses and of the Gothic Saint-Pierre Church built in the XIIIth century.
The first part of the path follow the Ource valley. Oak trees, beech trees and fir trees are the main varieties to discover. An undergrowth bordered by a low wall covered with moss lead to the table aux loups. These rocks sculpted by erosion, when slightly closing your eyes, may look like a lone wolf dominating its territory.
This route joins the Lugny state forest and then follow the Ource valley. You will admire Froidvent (its former furnace), the clay pit, the Courroirie (an old templar farm) and the old Charterhouse of Lugny. When going back to Recey-sur-Ource you will admire the vestiges of the former ramparts (XVIth century).
This circuit suggest you in to make discoveries of varied landscapes and metallurgical past the testimonies of which or still very visible alond the road or nearby immediate. The plentiful presence of iron ore in the Mount Remin and the driving strengh got by the Aube allowed a big industrial activity. You will meet the vestiges of the fenderie and the said wash houses "patouillets". A pluri oak hundred-years-old will amaze you and on the Mount Remin, you can admire the marly lawns which present certain botanical and ecological interest.
ALong the path you will discover former stone quarry, a lime kiln and a reconstitution of a tumulus. Using a short detour you will see the "Pierre fiche" menhir. Hopefully, with attention you could see a black stork nest. Indeed some nest have been seen but their specific location has not been revealed to ensure the tranquility of this protected species.