265 Chemin de la Grande Cariçaie
265 Chemin de la Grande Cariçaie

Hiking

Chemin de la Grande Cariçaie

Chemin de la Grande Cariçaie

Estavayer-le-Lac–Cheyres–Estavayer-le-Lac

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Chemin de la Grande Cariçaie

Chemin de la Grande Cariçaie

Nature and humans live together harmoniously in the Grande Cariçaie on the southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel. The nature reserve, Switzerland's largest lakeside wetland, is home to 800 plant species and over 10,000 animal species, who shape the banks under the friendly gaze of passing hikers.
The walk begins in the town of Estavayer-le-Lac, whose narrow streets, with their many historical and architectural gems, are well worth a stroll. Worth a visit are for example the Gothic abbey church or the Savoy castle from the 12th century.

Once leaving the city walls, nature opens up before you. In Font, you enter the Cheyres nature reserve. Only bikes and walkers are permitted from this point onwards. Take the time to listen to the frogs singing to their hearts’ content, discover the little hidden beaches, observe the alert wildlife read the explanatory panels about the Grande Cariçaie. It comprises 8 nature reserves on a surface of 3000 ha and houses one third of the flora and a quarter of the fauna all over Switzerland. As you leave the reserve turn left and join the main road to your right, until you reach a hiking trail panel. From Le Moulin, the itinerary takes the hikers along a steep path towards Bethany, passing about thirty meters from the Oratoire de Bonne Fontaine.

You follow your way through the village of Châbles, heading towards Estavayer-le-Lac. At point 591, there is an attractive picnic area with a breathtaking view over the Grande Cariçaie and the Jura. You then head back to Châtillon and finally, Estavayer-le-Lac on country lanes. Tip: there are plenty of cafés and restaurants in Estavayer-le-Lac, some right on the shore of the lake. A picnic on one of the little beaches along the route would also be a pleasant option.
Nature and humans live together harmoniously in the Grande Cariçaie on the southern shore of Lake Neuchâtel. The nature reserve, Switzerland's largest lakeside wetland, is home to 800 plant species and over 10,000 animal species, who shape the banks under the friendly gaze of passing hikers.
The walk begins in the town of Estavayer-le-Lac, whose narrow streets, with their many historical and architectural gems, are well worth a stroll. Worth a visit are for example the Gothic abbey church or the Savoy castle from the 12th century.

Once leaving the city walls, nature opens up before you. In Font, you enter the Cheyres nature reserve. Only bikes and walkers are permitted from this point onwards. Take the time to listen to the frogs singing to their hearts’ content, discover the little hidden beaches, observe the alert wildlife read the explanatory panels about the Grande Cariçaie. It comprises 8 nature reserves on a surface of 3000 ha and houses one third of the flora and a quarter of the fauna all over Switzerland. As you leave the reserve turn left and join the main road to your right, until you reach a hiking trail panel. From Le Moulin, the itinerary takes the hikers along a steep path towards Bethany, passing about thirty meters from the Oratoire de Bonne Fontaine.

You follow your way through the village of Châbles, heading towards Estavayer-le-Lac. At point 591, there is an attractive picnic area with a breathtaking view over the Grande Cariçaie and the Jura. You then head back to Châtillon and finally, Estavayer-le-Lac on country lanes. Tip: there are plenty of cafés and restaurants in Estavayer-le-Lac, some right on the shore of the lake. A picnic on one of the little beaches along the route would also be a pleasant option.
13 km | 1 Stage
240 m | 240 m
3 h 25 min
easy (hiking trail) | easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Estavayer-le-Lac
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Contact

Estavayer-le-Lac / Payerne Tourisme
Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville 5
1470 Estavayer-le-Lac
Tel. +41 (0)26 662 66 80
tourisme@estavayer-payerne.ch
www.estavayer-payerne.ch

Services

Accommodation

Hôtel Restaurant du Port
Hôtel Restaurant du Port
Estavayer-le-Lac
La Ferme de la Corbière
La Ferme de la Corbière
Estavayer-le-Lac
Logement de groupes Alphasurf SA
Logement de groupes Alphasurf SA
Estavayer-le-Lac
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Places

Estavayer-le-Lac
Estavayer-le-Lac
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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