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Vy aux moines

"In the year 1000, going through the forests of Val-de-Travers was a dangerous exercise. Imagine the scene: uninhabited valleys with dark forests peopled with bears, all sorts of wild animals and bandits... a real land of wolves that the rare inhabitants of the neighbouring regions crossed with a great deal of care and apprehension. The path that culminates at over 1200m altitude crosses the marshy combs of the Jura. Some pilgrims got lost in the snow and mist and others had the misfortune to meet the Vouivre, a huge serpent in the shape of a dragon, and disappeared in the peat bogs of La Brévine. The historical richness and extraordinary diversity of the landscapes definitely deserve a little detour on this mythical trail and who knows ... perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to meet a fairy or a goblin, but be careful, it’s absolutely recommended not to annoy them... these temperamental creatures would be capable of making it snow in the summer."

Brother Nicolas

Route: Montbenoit (France) - Môtiers
Duration: 10 hours
Distance: 33 km (20 miles)
Gradient : about 940 m

Swiss route
Route: La Brévine - Môtiers
Duration: 4 hrs 15 min
Distance: 14.7 km (9.1 miles)
Gradient : about 500 m


Good to know

  • You can take a taxi from Montbenoit to Morteau then use the train from Morteau to Chaux-de-Fonds - Neuchâtel and Môtiers. The last train leaves from Morteau at 7 p.m.
  • A taxi ride between Montbenoit and Morteau (approx 15 kilometres) costs about 40 Euros. Company: Taxi Manon - Les Fins (4 km from Morteau) - T. ++33 381 67 18 53.
  • You can also take a taxi from Montbenoit to Pontarlier (approx 15 kilometres) then use the TGV to Neuchâtel - Berne or the TRN bus to Fleurier. Last connections around 7 p.m.
  • Don’t forget your ID papers to cross the border.


Trail map | PDF, 2.94 MB
Profile of the route | JPG, 32 kB
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