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Jura Route (route no. 7)

"After a good night's sleep, we set off for the third stage of our journey along the ridges of the Jura. We quickly leave Saignelégier and find ourselves among the pastures, where the horses and their foals happily roll on their backs before running and jumping in the fresh grass. We are here in mid-May, when the trees begin to sprout leaves. We make a short stop to tour the Etang de la Gruère on foot before carrying on. Our aim is to reach the wind turbines on the horizon."

Magalie and Jérôme

The full route comprises 6 stages between Basle and Nyon.

Section 1
Basle - Courgenay
Distance: 60 km
Gradient: 840 m

Section 2
Courgenay - Saignelégier
Distance: 39 km
Gradient: 1,000 m

Section 3
Saignelégier - La Chaux-de-Fonds
Distance: 38 km
Gradient: 540 m

Physically: medium
Technically: medium

Good to know

  • During the first stage, the route passes through the village of Cornol, home to one of the last traditional clog-making factories in the country.
  • Don't miss: the view of the Col de la Croix and the medieval town of St-Ursanne (section 2).
  • The stage linking St-Ursanne to the Franches-Montagnes includes a steep gradient at the beginning of the route. However, you can take the train to Glovelier then change to Jura Railways for the journey to Montfaucon, for example.
  • Four kilometres after Saignelégier, you must stop to discover the Etang de la Gruère nature reserve.  


Profile of the full route | PDF, 294 kB
Profile Bâle - Courgenay | PDF, 105 kB
Profile Courgenay - Saignelégier | PDF, 118 kB
Profile Saignelégier - La Chaux-de-Fonds | PDF, 124 kB
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Jura Route (route no. 7)

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