The July Highlights Newsletter of High Point Holidays

Highlights                                               July 2014

Welcome to High Point Holidays' July edition of Highlights. As the Tour de France winds its way through the heart of the Jura this week, we focus on this stunning unspoilt region and look at Wink Lorch's book on the unique Jura Wines as well as sharing a bit about the area of Baumes-les-Messieurs with its 10th century abbey. We also have a new competition to win a copy of Simon Jenkins terrific book  "England's 100 Best Views."

Best Wishes
Mark Armstrong
Baume les Messieurs

Focus on the Jura

The Jura is a chain of folded limestone mountains stretching for about 300km along the border between France and Switzerland. In France, it covers essentially the region of Franche-Comté, stretching south to the region of Rhone-Alpes.

Lying to the north east of the Alps, the Jura forms an impressive arc of undulating limestone hills. The western Jura is lined with a series of dramatic valleys and gorges which harbour medieval towns, stunning waterfalls and a patchwork of vines. The easy to moderate walks on our Guided Walking Holiday Jura discovery: Wine Trails & Medieval Villages explores these “reculée” from above and below, including the Hérisson valley which contains a breathtaking collection of 7 large waterfalls in a 3km stretch. You will discover a number of historic gems such as Baumes-les-Messieurs with its 10th century abbey and quaint streets, and Chateau Chalon perched precariously above the vines which make some of the most prized wines in France. During your week, you'll get to find out all about these famous and unique wines including the Vine de Paille and Vin Jaune, by a number of wine tasting visits.
Our Self-guided Walking Holiday Jura Wine Trail is a linear trail which follows the vines south. Starting in the historic town of Arbois, your week ends in the amazing reculée or gorge at Baume-les-Messieurs where you have the option of an extra day to explore this natural wonder.

Jura Wine Trail Self-guided Walking Holiday
15 April - 31 October

  • £635 P/P based on 2 sharing (single supplement £160), extra night at Baume B&B  - £55
  • 6 or 7 nights - 5 or 6 day's self-guided walking moving between guest houses
Our Jura Guided Walking Holiday will be scheduled again for spring 2015:
  • "Guest house experience was fantastic" K. Pointon
  • "Complete immersion into real France unlike any other operator" P. Simkin
Jura Holiday Photos 2009 - 2013
Jura Wine - Jura Gorges - Jura Region
Other French Walking Destinations
  • £635 P/P based on 2 sharing (single supplement £160), extra night at Baume B&B  - £55 - See more at:
  • £635 P/P based on 2 sharing (single supplement £160), extra night at Baume B&B  - £55 - See more at:
Reculee Baume Jura

Walking Holiday Updates

New Confirmed Guided Walking Holiday
Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour
19th - 25th October 2014

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High Point Holidays' 2014 Walking & Cycling Holidays Brochures
If you would like one please e-mail us and let us know.
Please note the brochure is also available online on our website.

New Independent/Self Guided Walking Holidays for 2014:
Beaujolais Wine Trail: Chateaux & Medieval Villages
This walking holiday follows on from our Grand Crus wine trail & traverses a number of pretty valleys harbouring pretty chateaux and quaint villages.
Les Ecrins: Panoramic Alpine Trail
This spectacular trail takes you past high alpine lakes, through stunning valleys and along beautiful balcony paths following one of the best sections of the Tour of the Ecrins.
Tour of Ardeche: Rustic Trails
This walking tour is located in the heart of the Ardeche Regional Park & includes wonderful heather-clad moutains with great panoramic views; pretty chestnut forests; beautiful rivers  and sun parched, vine covered slopes.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any queries on any of our holidays.

Ever disappointed that we do not do walking holidays in a particular country or region, then why not send us your suggestions to
England's 100 Best Views

Latest Competition

Win a copy of Simon Jenkins book ENGLAND'S 100 Best Views.
Bestselling author Simon Jenkins picks one hundred of England's best views and explores the rich architecture, history, botany and geology that lies behind them.
There are many that feature on our Jurrasic Coast and Cornwall Coast Walking Holidays including the view of Chesil Beach from Abbotsbury as well as on our Wessex Walking Holiday, such as the view down Gold Hill in Shaftesbury.

Plus you can still win a copy of The Walker's Anthology compiled by Deborah Manley for Trailblazer publications.
We have 2 copies to give away
Deborah Manley has drawn on writings of more than 50 literary figures from around the world - including Dickens, Defoe, Robert Louis Stevenson and Mark Twain among many others.

For more information on how to enter either competitions please visit our competition page.
Viewpoint - Baume - Jura


Nestled in an area where three valleys meet and boasting an exceptional view, Baume les Messieurs has clustered its houses around a Benedictine abbey.
The village lies within the most extensive of the steephead valleys of the Jura escarpment, the Reculée de Baume. It is therefore almost surrounded by limestone cliffs about 200m high. The River Seille has its source within the Reculée and flows through the village. A short tributary of the Seille, the River Dard, merges with the Seille at Baume; at the source of the Dard, also within the Reculée, there is a notable series of caves.
The Grottes de Baume les Messieurs is a river cave, which is very active. The spring flows during snow melt, when an enormous beam of water comes virtually out of the steep cliff.

Our independent walking holiday: Jura Wine Trails takes a linear course from Arbois in the north to Baume les Messieurs in the south following the edge of the plateau and the reculees where the vines are grown on steep slopes....MORE
Jura Wine by Wink Lorch

Jura Wine by Wink Lorch

We purchased this beautiful book through the author's project on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website and we're so glad we did. A more comprehensive book on Jura Wine, you will not find. And as Wink notes in her introduction, she didn't expect to write such a detailed book; after all, the Jura only produces 0.2% of France's wines.
But, although it may be France's smallest wine region, it is also so completely different from any other wine region. The Jura wine region is less than half of the whole of the Chablis area, yet in the Jura almost every colour and style of wine is made and "this is what makes the region's wines so endlessly fascinating."
This book is not just for wine experts but for anyone wanting to know more about this beautiful unspoilt region of France and it also contains some wonderful photography to illustrate the people, the places and the wine.
As Raymond Blanc says in his foreword to the book, "the Jura .. is such a remarkable and stunning part of France. Those who visit tend to return." READ MORE
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