Ancient know-how discovery, from the Stone Age until our time: the Covatannaz Gorges represent a highlight of picturesque paths in the Jura. These gorges are located between Sainte-Croix and Vuiteboeuf and constitute a link between the Jura and the plain.
Sainte-Croix lies on a sun terrace surrounded by the wide-open spaces of the Jura Vaudois. The town is world-famous for its musical boxes and jukeboxes. The hike starts at Sainte-Croix station (1,100 m above sea level) and follows the private railway track connecting Yverdon-les-Bains with the capital of music boxes.
The route first leads across pastures before entering the forest and following along the Arnon river. Deep down, the river winds its way through the gorge, forming impressive cliffs. Small and large waterfalls alternate with rapids – a stunning spectacle. The route offers magnificent views of the plain in certain spots. The hike through the magical gorge is easy and also suitable for children. There are plenty of opportunities for discoveries, short climbs and games.
Hikers can interrupt their excursion once they arrive at the bottom of the Gorges by walking towards Vuiteboeuf (580m above sea level), a small village connected to the public railway (station located about 10 minutes from the village). The hike then continues towards Baulmes (less than an hour), on the foot of the «Rapilles de Baulmes». Upon your arrival here, you will probably be able to observe some chamois in the stony landscape. The itinerary then follows the «La Baumine» brook across the «Sous Trois Villes» undergrowth and then goes up slightly for a while before reaching a typical Baulmes village with flower-decked balconies, Bernese-style buildings and an unrestricted view of the Orbe plain.