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The gorges of Covatannaz

Gorges de Covatannaz à Sainte-Croix
  • Length

    • 5.5 km
    Length
  • Ascents | Descents

    • 72 m | 550 m
    Ascents | Descents
  • Duration

    • 1 h 30 min
    Duration
  • Technical | Fitness level

    • Family friendly | Easy
    Technical | Fitness level

This easy trail of 5 km between Sainte-Croix and Vuiteboeuf is especially suitable for families. Hikers who wish to extend their walk can descend towards Baulmes. Return to Sainte-Croix on the panoramic train. .

Leaving from the station of Sainte-Croix, the hike starts by following the marked route alongside the railway line. The hike continues across open pastures before leading into the midst of the forest running alongside the river Arnon. Over the course of time, this river that shaped the gorges of Covatannaz and its impressive cliffs. The trail then leads downward, keeping pace with large and sets of rapids and cascades before arriving at the site of Fontanet with its vast clearing, an ideal place to appreciate while having a picnic.

A few metres higher up, walkers will come to a road junction giving access to Baulmes after an extra 2 km, or follow the signs to Vuiteboeuf. From there, the panoramic train ‘Travys’ takes the hikers back to Sainte-Croix via Baulmes, or Yverdon-les-Bains.

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Gorges de Covatannaz à Sainte-Croix
Gorges de Covatannaz à Sainte-Croix. © Christophe Carisey;

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The gorges of Covatannaz
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