Le Jorat – Trois Lacs (44)
Stage 1 and 2 will take you along some of the Romandie's rivers.
Lausanne – Payerne – Aarberg
At the start, wide cornfields followed by vegetable fields. The easy-going French-speaking lifestyle followed by Bernese pragmatism. Numerous historical towns along the route, refreshing waters of the Broye, Murtensee and Aare.
With the lake behind, the route climbs steeply from Lausanne through the Jorat forest to the wide Broye Valley, where wheat and tobacco are grown. Underrated Moudon, perfect peace in the Roman Payerne Abbey, the noisy airfield on the plain, and ruins in Avenches as evidence of a large Roman town.
Soon the shallow shores of Murtensee offer an invitation to bathe; several battlements can be scaled in Murten’s old town walls. An easy pedal through Grosse Moos, once marshland, now Switzerland’s vegetable garden. You visit the Aare towns of Aarberg and Büren, then an undulating route with views of the winding Aare.
Outdoor sports enthusiasts will be delighted to discover Payerneland Aventure, which offers tree-top walk of all levels.
The Lausanne-Moudon section is moderately difficult.