Broye walk (leg 1) : Payerne – Vesin – Estavayer-le-Lac
Sixteen kilometres separate Cluniac Payerne and medieval Estavayer, two historical sites in the Broye region
Setting off from Payerne stadium, we start by heading for the centre of town, traversing the hillock occupied by the historical centre while admiring the variety of architectural styles of the buildings surrounding the priory. A visit is well worth your while. We continue and arrive at the Broye river, which we follow until the edge of town. We cross the river by the next bridge and follow the waymarked path heading towards Cugy. A fine avenue of hazel trees provides welcome shade in the summer. On reaching the heights above Cugy, we continue on to Vesin. The path leading straight up takes us close to Aumont. The highest point of our walk offers delightful, wide-ranging views of the Broye plain, Jura, distant lake and Fribourg Alps. Estavayer-le-Lac is one-and-three-quarter hours away. We continue on our way, following the waymarking to Montet’s Vita exercise trail. We then cross the road and follow the stream before crossing it. A final brief ascent takes us to Mussillens wood. A shady woodland track leads to Lully before continuing on to Estavayer-le-Lac. Our walk stops at the railway station. A detours via the medieval town of Estavayer-le-Lac offers a chance to admire the 14th century Church of St-Laurent and 13th century Chenaux Castle, both testifying to the town’s rich heritage. Estavayer-le-Lac and Payerne are included in a multimedia trail featuring QR codes that can be scanned with smartphone.