135 Sentier de la Jougnena
135 Sentier de la Jougnena

Hiking

Sentier de la Jougnena

Sentier de la Jougnena

Vallorbe–Jougne–Vallorbe

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Sentier de la Jougnena

Sentier de la Jougnena

The historical trail through the Jougnena valley shows the close connection between Jougne, Ballaigues and Vallorbe. Information panels illustrate the history of the valley from Roman times to the present day. Along the way, you can visit the Vallorbe Iron and Railway Museum, the Le Day viaduct and the Saint-Maurice chapel.
The theme trail between Vallorbe, Ballaigues and the French village of Jougne explores the geography, history and present time of the cross-border industrial valley of La Jougnena. It follows an inoperative railway line and a former pilgrimage route. Information panels along the way explain the history of the trade and transport routes since Roman times as well as the development of crafts and iron smelting. Further information documents are available from the tourism office in Vallorbe.

Surrounded by lush greenery, Vallorbe nestles on the banks of the Orbe river. The hike starts at the train station which is surprisingly large for a village with less than 4000 inhabitants. This is due to its historical importance: Vallorbe is a railway junction and an important border station. In 1915, the Mont d'Or tunnel was opened here on the Paris-Dijon-Vallorbe-Lausanne-Simplon-Milan line. The trains cross the Orbe river on the impressive Le Day railway viaduct which you pass along the hiking trail. Some 450 metres downstream, the Orbe is dammed by the Barrage du Day. Crossing the dam wall, the trail then continues to Ballaigues.

A bit outside in the forest near Chez Barrat, you will discover a historical track (Roman road). In the middle of the 19th century, salt was transported from the French salt works to Bern and western Switzerland. After a short while you enter France on foot. The trail follows the river Jougnena which rises at the south-western end of the Aiguilles de Baulmes, flows into France and then back into Switzerland into the Orbe. Before arriving in Jougne, where you turn around, you pass the Saint-Maurice chapel. It is located on a former pilgrimage route between the abbey of Saint-Maurice in Valais and Burgundy. From Jougne, you follow a railway line that once connected Vallorbe at the foot of Mont d'Or and Dent de Vaulion with Pontarlier. Opened in 1875, it was damaged during the Second World War and gradually closed down. If you want to delve further into the industrial history of the region, you can visit the iron and railway museum back in Vallorbe.
The historical trail through the Jougnena valley shows the close connection between Jougne, Ballaigues and Vallorbe. Information panels illustrate the history of the valley from Roman times to the present day. Along the way, you can visit the Vallorbe Iron and Railway Museum, the Le Day viaduct and the Saint-Maurice chapel.
The theme trail between Vallorbe, Ballaigues and the French village of Jougne explores the geography, history and present time of the cross-border industrial valley of La Jougnena. It follows an inoperative railway line and a former pilgrimage route. Information panels along the way explain the history of the trade and transport routes since Roman times as well as the development of crafts and iron smelting. Further information documents are available from the tourism office in Vallorbe.

Surrounded by lush greenery, Vallorbe nestles on the banks of the Orbe river. The hike starts at the train station which is surprisingly large for a village with less than 4000 inhabitants. This is due to its historical importance: Vallorbe is a railway junction and an important border station. In 1915, the Mont d'Or tunnel was opened here on the Paris-Dijon-Vallorbe-Lausanne-Simplon-Milan line. The trains cross the Orbe river on the impressive Le Day railway viaduct which you pass along the hiking trail. Some 450 metres downstream, the Orbe is dammed by the Barrage du Day. Crossing the dam wall, the trail then continues to Ballaigues.

A bit outside in the forest near Chez Barrat, you will discover a historical track (Roman road). In the middle of the 19th century, salt was transported from the French salt works to Bern and western Switzerland. After a short while you enter France on foot. The trail follows the river Jougnena which rises at the south-western end of the Aiguilles de Baulmes, flows into France and then back into Switzerland into the Orbe. Before arriving in Jougne, where you turn around, you pass the Saint-Maurice chapel. It is located on a former pilgrimage route between the abbey of Saint-Maurice in Valais and Burgundy. From Jougne, you follow a railway line that once connected Vallorbe at the foot of Mont d'Or and Dent de Vaulion with Pontarlier. Opened in 1875, it was damaged during the Second World War and gradually closed down. If you want to delve further into the industrial history of the region, you can visit the iron and railway museum back in Vallorbe.
19 km | 1 Stage
480 m | 480 m
5 h 00 min
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Vallorbe
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Note: This route goes across the border so you will need to have an ID card or a passport on you.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Vallorbe
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Contact

Office du Tourisme de Vallorbe
Les Grandes Gorges 11
1337 Vallorbe
Tel. +41 (0)21 843 25 83
contact@vallorbe-tourisme.ch
www.yverdonlesbainsregion.ch

Services

Accommodation

Chambre d’hôtes Au fil de l’Orbe
Chambre d’hôtes Au fil de l’Orbe
Vallorbe
Hôtel de la Concorde
Hôtel de la Concorde
Vallorbe
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Places

Vallorbe
Vallorbe
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Places of interest

Pré-Giroud artillery fort
Pré-Giroud artillery fort
Roman road track to transport salt
Roman road track to transport salt
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization