23 Basel–Franches-Montagnes
23 Basel–Franches-Montagnes

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Basel–Franches-Montagnes

Stage 2, Delémont–Tramelan

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Basel–Franches-Montagnes

Through the sheer rock walls of the Gorges de Pichoux, passing the former Bellelay Monastery, you reach the Freiberge region at 1000m altitude, its rugged beauty laced with lush green pastures, firs and moors.
When you leave the historic town of Delémont, the Sorne River will accompany you through a broad depression and past the villages of Courtételle and Courfaivre in the Fold Jura. The river originates on the eastern edge of the Franches-Montagnes district. It is one of the most important tributaries to the Birs. Grey herons are often spotted here as they search for breakfast, surrounded by river, highway and railroad tracks. Cars and trains don’t seem to disturb the birds, not even bike riders. But the moment they see a camera, they’re gone in a flash! A lovely part of the river follows after Bassecourt along the main road where there is not much traffic. Shortly before Undervelier you reach the "Grotte de Sainte-Colombe". This cave extends 30 m into the mountain. The karst spring all the way in the back is said to have magical healing power and therefore it is now a place of pilgrimage.

The beautiful "Gorges du Pichoux" feels almost like a mountain pass. It is located in an area with countless small springs. Limestone rocks coming loose from the steep cliffs are often found lying in the road. The gorge is two km long and the Sorne loses 200 m in altitude here. It’s always great to be in Haute-Sorne. Not even the long uphill struggle can change this. Bellelay is located at 930 m on the eastern edge of the Franches-Montagnes district. The former premonstrate monastery, a Roman Catholic order, is an impressive sight, and let’s not forget the "Maison de la Tête de Moine", where the famous “monk’s head cheese” is sold.

The 1000 m mark is finally reached in Les Genevez. It smells heavenly here because of the recently cut trees. The distinctive forests and pastures are typical for this area, as are the long dry stone walls. Groups of hikers, stately farm houses, cows, sheep, horses, donkeys or mules are other frequent encounters. And the wind farms in the distance, surrounded by the down-to-earth beauty of the Franches-Montagnes region.
Through the sheer rock walls of the Gorges de Pichoux, passing the former Bellelay Monastery, you reach the Freiberge region at 1000m altitude, its rugged beauty laced with lush green pastures, firs and moors.
When you leave the historic town of Delémont, the Sorne River will accompany you through a broad depression and past the villages of Courtételle and Courfaivre in the Fold Jura. The river originates on the eastern edge of the Franches-Montagnes district. It is one of the most important tributaries to the Birs. Grey herons are often spotted here as they search for breakfast, surrounded by river, highway and railroad tracks. Cars and trains don’t seem to disturb the birds, not even bike riders. But the moment they see a camera, they’re gone in a flash! A lovely part of the river follows after Bassecourt along the main road where there is not much traffic. Shortly before Undervelier you reach the "Grotte de Sainte-Colombe". This cave extends 30 m into the mountain. The karst spring all the way in the back is said to have magical healing power and therefore it is now a place of pilgrimage.

The beautiful "Gorges du Pichoux" feels almost like a mountain pass. It is located in an area with countless small springs. Limestone rocks coming loose from the steep cliffs are often found lying in the road. The gorge is two km long and the Sorne loses 200 m in altitude here. It’s always great to be in Haute-Sorne. Not even the long uphill struggle can change this. Bellelay is located at 930 m on the eastern edge of the Franches-Montagnes district. The former premonstrate monastery, a Roman Catholic order, is an impressive sight, and let’s not forget the "Maison de la Tête de Moine", where the famous “monk’s head cheese” is sold.

The 1000 m mark is finally reached in Les Genevez. It smells heavenly here because of the recently cut trees. The distinctive forests and pastures are typical for this area, as are the long dry stone walls. Groups of hikers, stately farm houses, cows, sheep, horses, donkeys or mules are other frequent encounters. And the wind farms in the distance, surrounded by the down-to-earth beauty of the Franches-Montagnes region.
36 km
Asphalted: 36 km
Natural surface: 0 km
780 m | 190 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Delémont
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Arrival / return travel Les Reussilles
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Services

Accommodation

Auberge de Jeunesse Delémont
Auberge de Jeunesse Delémont
Delémont
Hôtel Ibis Delémont
Hôtel Ibis Delémont
Delémont
Amis de la Nature section de Delémont
Amis de la Nature section de Delémont
Delémont
Centre St-François
Centre St-François
Delémont
Hôtel Restaurant Victoria
Hôtel Restaurant Victoria
Delémont
Hôtel du Boeuf
Hôtel du Boeuf
Delémont
Hôtel-Restaurant le National
Hôtel-Restaurant le National
Delémont
Gîte rural
Gîte rural
Courcelon
Ferme Belle Etoile
Ferme Belle Etoile
Souboz-Les Ecorcheresses
Hôtel & Séminaires Sornetan
Hôtel & Séminaires Sornetan
Sornetan
miramont trekking hof
miramont trekking hof
Saicourt
Scheidegger Ranch
Scheidegger Ranch
Tramelan
Auberge de la Gare
Auberge de la Gare
Montfaucon
Bio- und Erlebnishof Les Joux
Bio- und Erlebnishof Les Joux
Les Genevez JU
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Places

Delémont
Delémont
Glovelier
Glovelier
Sornetan
Sornetan
Tramelan
Tramelan
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Places of interest

Coutellerie Wenger
Coutellerie Wenger
Delémont, Le Mexique–Vorbourg
Delémont, Le Mexique–Vorbourg
Musée jurassien d'Art et d'Histoire
Musée jurassien d'Art et d'Histoire
Mario Botta's tower on Mount Moron
Mario Botta's tower on Mount Moron
La Rouge Eau (Saicourt)
La Rouge Eau (Saicourt)
Tête de Moine cheese museum of Bellelay
Tête de Moine cheese museum of Bellelay
Autruches Aventure
Autruches Aventure
Scooter-biking in the Franches-Montagnes
Scooter-biking in the Franches-Montagnes
Centre Nature, Les Cerlatez
Centre Nature, Les Cerlatez
Lake Etang de la Gruère
Lake Etang de la Gruère
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Swimming

Château outdoor swimming pool in Tramelan
Château outdoor swimming pool in Tramelan
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Signalization

Signalization
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