Langouette’s Canyon

Impressive gorge for canyoning fans

Perched high in the Jura mountains near the tourist village of Planches-sur-Montagne, this canyon is a breathtaking geological curiosity. Very short and intense, half a day will be enough to cover it from start to finish.

We start out in the centre of an old power station, in an almost industrial setting, to pick up an initial abseil of around ten metres. We enter a natural rift with a surprising setting and a number of aesthetically pleasing waterfalls. This is followed by an underwater passage, a pretty slide and a 5-metre jump leading to an impressive rift. Two cliffs that look as if they’ve been cut with a knife face each other; we’re in the heart of the canyon.

We then arrive at the main difficulty: a 25-metre waterfall in a large, splendid cauldron. For the last two hundred metres of this gorge, we often had to look up as we passed under the bridge over the D127 road, which is 80 metres high.

Difficult, aged 12 and over

2h30 (15-minute approach walk and 2-minute return walk)