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Areuse Gorges

"After 30 minutes of walking, the walls close in, the descent starts and the sound of the torrent gets louder. We cross the first footbridge over the bubbling water. Through the metal mesh of the deck, we can feel the swirl of water under our feet, the force of it tumbling and surging into chasms. There’s a wide variety of wildlife: we spy a dipper, a timid bird, playing in the eddies lapping against the rock he’s perched on. At Champ-du-Moulin, trout swim up the current. We continue the descent and it would be so tempting to slip into the clear blue-green pools. Let’s not forget we’re in the Jura... brrrr!"

La communauté des crapahuteurs (hiking club)

Short route

Route: Noiraigue - Champ-du-Moulin - Boudry 
Duration: 2 hrs 45 min.
Distance: 11.4 km (7.1 miles)
Gradient: approx - 300 m

Long route
Route: Saint-Sulpice - Fleurier - Môtiers - Couvet - Travers - Noiraigue - Champ-du-Moulin - Boudry 
Duration: 7 hrs 15 min.
Distance: 31 km (19 miles)
Gradient: approx - 350 m

Moderate: the descent is not very difficult but it’s important to wear good walking shoes.


Good to know

  • From Neuchâtel, you can take the train to Noiraigue or Champ-du-Moulin, then return by tram from Boudry.
  • Caution: in wet weather, the Areuse Gorges can become very slippery.
  • Not recommended for pushchairs.
  • In the middle of the walk, enjoy the regional specialities of Restaurant de La Truite in Champ-du-Moulin

Tourisme neuchâtelois
Hôtel des Postes
2001 Neuchâtel
T. +41 (0) 32 889 68 90

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