465 Parcours de Saignelégier
465 Parcours de Saignelégier

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Parcours de Saignelégier

Parcours de Saignelégier

Saignelégier–Saignelégier

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Parcours de Saignelégier

Parcours de Saignelégier

This rewarding tour leads through the home country of the Freiberger horses, to the small Jurassic town of Saignelégier. Here you can enjoy wide views over the extensive Jura pastures as well as the Franches-Montagnes district.
The impressive building complex that catches your eye as you arrive in Saignelégier, is the Marché-Concours National de Chevaux, well known by the equestrian fraternity. A national horse market is held here every year, a festival that draws thousands of visitors from all over Switzerland. After admiring the famous grounds, you continue the tour through a natural world.

The region is above all remarkable for it's captivating wide-open views over fields, paddocks and pastures, which are bathed in a lush green. It is an easy route through a peaceful area. Here and there you meet cattle and horses roaming free on the extensive pastures. Horse-drawn carriage rides are also popular. Now and then you come across individual groups of trees and small pieces of woodland jutting up from the plain.

The isolated farmsteads, noticeable for their whitewashed facades so typical of the region, round off the idyllic overall image. The round tour soon ends back in Saignelégier, where you can admire the centre of the town, before making your way back home.
This rewarding tour leads through the home country of the Freiberger horses, to the small Jurassic town of Saignelégier. Here you can enjoy wide views over the extensive Jura pastures as well as the Franches-Montagnes district.
The impressive building complex that catches your eye as you arrive in Saignelégier, is the Marché-Concours National de Chevaux, well known by the equestrian fraternity. A national horse market is held here every year, a festival that draws thousands of visitors from all over Switzerland. After admiring the famous grounds, you continue the tour through a natural world.

The region is above all remarkable for it's captivating wide-open views over fields, paddocks and pastures, which are bathed in a lush green. It is an easy route through a peaceful area. Here and there you meet cattle and horses roaming free on the extensive pastures. Horse-drawn carriage rides are also popular. Now and then you come across individual groups of trees and small pieces of woodland jutting up from the plain.

The isolated farmsteads, noticeable for their whitewashed facades so typical of the region, round off the idyllic overall image. The round tour soon ends back in Saignelégier, where you can admire the centre of the town, before making your way back home.
11 km | 1 Stage
160 m | 160 m
2 h 35 min
medium (for wheelchair users) | difficult (for wheelchair users)

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General information
The sightseeing attractions and overnight accommodation suggested by Switzerland Mobility are not necessarily wheelchair accessible. More information on accessibility is found at www.procap.ch/tourisme-inclusif or www.rollihotel.ch.

Obstacle-free routes, grade of difficulty see PDF.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Saignelégier
SBB Timetable Show stop and route on map
Barrier-free travel / public transport
Two types of trains operate from the La Chaux-de-Fonds support railway station on the line between La Chaux-de-Fonds and Glovelier. One is a low-floor train that allows for independent boarding and alighting in La Chaux-de-Fonds and Saignelégier. The other is a high-floor train for which railway staff provide assistance with boarding and alighting and a mobile ramp is used in Saignelégier. Notification 24 hours in advance is required (Tel. +41(0)32 952 42 75). Information on the type of train in service is also available at the above number.
Wheelchair-suitable parking spaces
A parking space suitable for wheelchair users is located at Saignelégier railway station. Another is found at Rue de la Gare. Three parking spaces suitable for wheelchair users are located at Marché-Concours national de chevaux and at the roundabout on Rue de la Guère, in front of Hôtel Cristal / Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes. There is also is public car park with two spaces suitable for wheelchair users in front of the Hôtel Cristal / Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes.

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Wheelchair-accessible public WC Saignelégier railway station
Wheelchair-accessible public WC Saignelégier railway station
A wheelchair-accessible toilet is located on the north side of Saignelégiers railway station, the toilet door is relatively hard to open. WC info: door width 76cm; movement area (DxB) 210x88cm; seat height 43cm; hand grips, left fixed, right none; access right; mirror height 135cm; washbasin underside clearance 70cm / open 08.00 - 20.00h.
km0 - km2.0
km0 - km2.0
The first part of the route is surfaced. After the level crossing (each rail of the track has a 6cm-wide gap) a 200m uphill section with 7% gradient starts at km0.3. At km1.6 you meet a 200m-long downhill gradient of 6%, which then changes to a 9% downhill gradient for 150m. Parts of the route lead through grazing land for both cattle and horses. You may therefore come into direct contact with these animals.
Café / Restaurant de la Poste
Café / Restaurant de la Poste
Between the two churches and about 400m from the train station you reach the Café Restaurant de la Poste, which has a wheelchair-accessible toilet. At the entrance, a 1.5m-long ramp with a gradient of 7% must be negotiated. WC info: door width 90cm; movement area (DxB) 185x120cm, seat height 45cm; hand grips, right fixed, left moveable; access left; mirror height 100cm; washbasin underside clearance 84cm.
Café / Restaurant de la Poste
place du 23 Juin 8
2350 Saignelégier JU
Tel. +41 (0)32 951 11 79
http://www.cafe-restaurant-poste.ch/fr
Field gates 1 - 4
At km0.9, after the Hôtel Cristal / Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes, you find yourself between two gates 100m apart. These are opened with a simple mechanism (handle height approx. 80cm) and must be opened by an accompanying person (or possibly independently). There are another two gates before and after the road at km2.0.
Hôtel Cristal / Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
Hôtel Cristal / Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
At km0.9 the route leads directly past the Hôtel Cristal / Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes, which has a wheelchair-accessible restaurant with a wheelchair-accessible toilet. WC info: door width 85cm; movement area (DxB) 180x105cm; seat height 46cm; hand grips, left fixed, right moveable; access right; mirror height 100cm; washbasin underside clearance 70cm.
Hôtel Cristal / Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
Chemin des Sports 10
2350 Saignelégier
Tel. +41 (0)32 951 24 74
www.centredeloisirs.ch
km2.0 - km5.9
km2.0 - km5.9
After the bus stop at Saignelégier, La Neuvevie, the road must be crossed without a pedestrian crossing. Care must be taken but there is good visibility. At km4.0 the route leads along an easily-negotiable gravel path for 1km. The rest of this section is surfaced. From km2.0 to km2.1 is a downhill gradient of 8%. At km2.4 there is a 600m-long downhill section with a 7% gradient followed by a 30m downhill section with an 8% gradient. From km3.3 to km3.5 you meet an uphill 7% gradient. At km5.0 a 20m uphill section with a 9% gradient is followed by a 150m section with a 6% gradient. Here the route also leads through grazing land for cattle and horses.
Field gates 5 - 9
A total of five gates must be negotiated along this part of the route. All gates must be opened by an accompanying person (or possibly independently).
km5.9 - km10.6
km5.9 - km10.6
The last part is 65% on surfaced paths and 35% on easily negotiable gravel paths. In Les Emibois at km7.3 is a 20m downhill section with a 10% gradient. At km8.2 the route leads along a 200m section with a 10% gradient, followed by a 15m downhill section with a 7% gradient at km9.7. A 200m downhill section with a 7% gradient begins after the Marché-Concours national de chevaux at km10.1. This leads down to a level crossing (each rail of the track has a 6cm-wide gap). The rest of this part of the route has no ascents or descents of note. Here too the route leads through grazing land for cattle and horses.
Field gates 10 - 14
There are five cattle grids / gates to negotiate on the last section. These must be opened by an accompanying person (or independently if possible).

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Saignelégier
SBB Timetable Show stop and route on map
Barrier-free return travel /public transport
Two types of trains operate from the La Chaux-de-Fonds support railway station on the line between La Chaux-de-Fonds and Glovelier. One is a low-floor train, which allows for independent boarding and alighting in La Chaux-de-Fonds and Saignelégier. The other is a high-floor train, for which the railway staff provide assistance for boarding and alighting and a mobile ramp is used in Saignelégier. Notification 24 hours in advance is required (Tel. +41(0)32 952 42 75). Information on what type of train is in service is also available at the above number.

Contact

Procap Reisen & Sport
Frohburgstrasse 4
4600 Olten
Tel. +41 (0)62 206 88 30
tourismus@procap.ch
www.procap.ch/tourismus-inklusiv

Services

Accommodation

Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes
Saignelégier
Gîte Chez Toinette
Gîte Chez Toinette
Saignelégier
Hôtel Cristal
Hôtel Cristal
Saignelégier
Auberge de Jeunesse Le Bémont
Auberge de Jeunesse Le Bémont
Le Bémont JU
Logis des Sommêtres
Logis des Sommêtres
Le Noirmont
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Places

Saignelégier
Saignelégier
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Places of interest

A rare cattle droving track
A rare cattle droving track
Centre Nature, Les Cerlatez
Centre Nature, Les Cerlatez
Doubs Nature Park
Doubs Nature Park
Lake Etang de la Gruère
Lake Etang de la Gruère
Fondation pour le Cheval
Fondation pour le Cheval
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Signalization

Signalization
In general the «Barrier-free Paths» lead along the hiking routes marked yellow. Additional white signs with green route fields for «Barrier-free Paths» indicate the route at key points. The white signs should be followed where «Barrier-free Paths» differ from the hiking route network. To be certain, please take a print-out of our web map with you.
Signalization