Vines and River. These are the two prominent aspects which feature in the history of Lods, a picturesque village about a dozen kilometres south-east of Ornans. Although it is only a few twists and turns from the source of the Loue, the current and flow are already considerably strong. Dense, fast-flowing water sweeps boldly through the village, breathing life into it.
The first documented evidence of Lods dates from 1189, however 5th and 7th century remains have been unearthed from the site, proving that his has been an attractive area from the beginning of time. You have to admit that, protected by the mountain and fed by the Loue, Lods is the land of milk and honey. For many years, vines have thrived here due to its favourable climate and soil. The winegrower houses with their deep cellars and the Musée de la Vigne et du Vin remember this part of history, which ended with the phylloxera crisis in the 19th century. Houses echo the spirit of this winegrowing region with vineyard motifs. The narrow streets of the town are home to lintels, charming mullioned windows, and 15th and 16th century vaults and arches. A fortified 13th century house belonging to the Sires de Thoraise (Lords of Thoraise) is the cherry on top of the town’s architectural heritage.
The Precious, Flowing Loue
The river sets the stage in this village and has influenced and determined its activities, such as the forges which were established in the 18th century. In addition to the forges, there mills and sawmills used the river as their source of power. At the time, the population of Lods was around 1,500 inhabitants. A signposted ethnology trail borders the village centre and tells its story.
Still on the river, but this time for fun… there is a whole range of outdoor activities to do here, including fishing, swimming and canoeing. . Back on land, you can explore the GR595 and the GRP Loue/Lison hiking trails which go through the village. Just a short distance away, you can explore the Roche de Haute-Pierre, Bief Poutot, Route de Longeville and the Grande-Baume Cave, among other sites.