Markings : round green. Duration : 5h, distance : 16 km, altitude difference : + 330 m.
It is advisable to put on good hiking shoes, also provide the drink in a backpack, keep your dog on a leash and respect the trails.
Departure : Corcieux, church square.
1 / Go to the Hotel du Commerce and turn right on rue de l'Hôtel de Ville. Go past the town hall (green circle).
At the crossroads, follow the Arrentès de Corcieux road (D 31) for about 250 m before turning right on rue de l'Ormeau on a short but steep climb that leads to the subdivision of Croix Egline (alt 561 m).
Go straight. Go past this subdivision and follow the dirt road across the fields to the crucifix of the Croix de l'Ormeau (alt 594 m). Take a right (green circle).
On the right, view of the 3 Monts, Roche des Corbeaux dominating the village of La Houssière-Vanémont.
2 / The dirt road leads to a paved road that you will take on your left (green circle). On your right, look in the distance at the Romanesque church of Saint-Jacques du Stat *.
At 200 m, turn right towards the hamlet of La Nolle (alt 610 m). Leave the Calvary on your left and enter the dirt road. A little further, take a left on the paved road that will take you to the hamlet of Mariémont (green circle).
3 / At the first intersection, go straight (green circle). At the next crossroads, leave the Calvary on your left. Beautiful panorama of the Corcieux basin, site of an ancient prehistoric lake. Continue to Col des Arrentès de Corcieux (alt 684 m). Facing the restaurant, cross the D 31 and take the C1 towards the center of the village of Arrentès de Corcieux towards the Champ de Roches (green circle). You pass in front of the town hall.
At the next junction, continue to the right (green circle). After crossing the Corbeline stream, continue on the steep road. In front of an old farm, turn left, on a small path lined with low stone walls, in a forest of spruce.
4 / Turn frankly right and 100 m further, go down to the left to arrive at the site of the Champ de Roches. You can discover explanatory panels on this geological feature.
After crossing it, continue left on the paved road after the car park (green circle).
At 150 m, at the crossroads, follow the signs (green circle) and continue straight on a dirt road. After arriving on an asphalt road, turn left downhill (direction Corcieux).
Cross the Corbeline stream again. At the Carrefour des Goutelles (alt 700 m), continue straight ahead to the Arrentès, in the fir forest.
5 / At 800 m, leave the road and take the small path slightly uphill on your right (green circle).
At 200 m, observe, on the right in the stone wall, the entrance to a water mine *.
At the exit of the forest, turn left and discover the beautiful panorama of the basin of Corcieux, with, in the foreground, the Col des Arrentès and on the horizon, the blue line of the Vosges.
Arriving at the first houses, cross the paved road and take, in front, the path down to the hamlet of La Charmelle. Then turn right (green circle). 300 m, take the dirt road on your left along the small stream of Bans (green circle).
You pass next to old quarries of granite. After the stone bridge, turn left. About 300 meters down, observe the ruins of an old mill at a place called La Folie and further, on your right, some imposing granite blocks.
At the first houses of the hamlet of Vichibure (alt 563 m), turn left. On your right, a first farm dated 1723 is a former prison that belonged to the counts of Martimprey. There remains on the south-east facade a small window in flamboyant Gothic style.
Note on the facade of the following farm the date of its construction (1827), its sandstone pediment and two inscriptions H10. ch6 : At the German occupation, in 1940, houses were requisitioned to house the enemy army. Entries specified the number of men (H 10) and horses (ch 6) that could be accommodated.
Turn right (green circle) and about 500 meters left. You pass in front of the ehpad For-felet and go along the camping des Bans and La Tour. By Notre Dame Street and Henry Street, return to the church square, the starting point of the hike.
To have :
church of saint jacques du stat (to visit) : Its bell-tower of Romanesque art, built at the end of the xi ° century, is registered in the inventory of the Historical Monuments. According to the archives, Charlemagne, come hunting with his suite in the game-rich forests of the region, would have been delighted by the site of Saint-Jacques and would have built a chapel.
Mines of water : These are tunnels dug in the ground to collect water sources and infiltration. Arranged in a friable soil like sandstone, they were masonry. They are presented as long casings mounted rubble and vaulted. Some still work to supply running water to isolated houses.