Excursions & Nature
From the Jorat plateau to the Broye valley,
picturesque villages and lovely farms in the Vaud style dot a partially-wooded
landscape, offering in many spots a panoramic view on the Pre-Alps or the Jura.
Situated right in the heart of the Vaud countryside, our region offers numerous
possibilities for rambles; discover it on foot, astride a donkey or in a carriage!
Adventure path (Cremin)
In a beautiful natural setting, this footpath leaves from Lucens on a route conceived for the exploration of the region’s many features. Pond, suspension bridge, steep cliffs and wooden walkways are encountered along this 7-kilometre trek among forests and pastures.
Agrilogie Grange-Verney (Moudon)
Owned by the State of Vaud, this large agricultural domain confers the following professional certificates: agriculturist, horse professional, agro-practitioner and stable lad. It also houses several cantonal stations related to agronomy.
With around a dozen donkeys, this friendly club of donkey-drivers proposes rides, harness training, activities for birthdays or school outings, a certificate of donkey-driver for the children and even donkey-assisted mediation, an alternative therapy.
Brigands' Wood (Thierrens)
From its hilltop, the Brigands’ Wood provides a splendid view over the surrounding countryside. Three didactic paths set out from the cabin at its centre. One of these, the dungeon path, leads to a 16-metre tower from which one has a spectacular view of the Alps.
Disabled access nature path (Villars-Tiercelin)
This 5-kilometre path, of which 3.5km are paved, winds through an arboretum and varied forest uplands, with several viewpoints of the Jura and the Pre-Alps. 3.5 kilometres are paved, and at no point is the slope greater than 6%. Take a break at the cabin.
Donkey Farm (Chapelle-sur-Moudon)
In an old farm at the centre of the lovely village of Chapelle-sur-Moudon, Anne-Lise and Jean-Michel offer rides for children of up to ten years on Karinka and Bolco, two waggish and affectionate donkeys.
Gustave Roud Path (Carrouge)
Leaving from the house where he was born, two paths invite you to discover the places where the famous Jorat poet often strode in his search for an earthly paradise.
Horse-drawn carriage rides (Montet)
Promenades en calèche
Ch. du Clos 12
- +41 (0)79 310 72 92
In an ATV buggy or in a harnessed cart which can carry up to 25 people, Bernard Demierre offers discovery tours all along the Broye. It is also quite possible to organise special excursions.
Jorat Mohair (Ropraz)
This Angora goat farm is the only one in Switzerland to produce mohair, a wool especially prized for centuries for its softness and warmth. A guided tour of the stable offers the opportunity to approach these particularly affectionate goats. Craft shop on the premises.
La Botte de foin (Vucherens)
Here at “The Haystack”, children and adults will learn with Claudia how to approach, pet and feed animals, both exotic and indigenous.
Le Bochet Farm (Granges-Marnand)
In the heart of nature, this agricultural site which has earned the IP-Suisse label offers farm holidays, nights in the hay barn, several pedagogical activities and evenings of magic and ventriloquism. Farm products on sale.
Le Gallien’s fondue carriage (Carrouge)
Domaine et écuries du Gallien
Famille A. Jordan
Rte du Village 15
- +41 (0)79 332 23 08
- +41 (0)79 287 78 75
The Gallien Estate offers rides through villages and down country roads in a horse-drawn carriage, followed by fondue or an aperitif.
Servion Zoo (Servion)
Founded in 1974, the Servion Zoo currently shelters 200 animals of 60 different species in a 6-hectare plot on the edge of the Jorat Forest. Nordic fauna is well-represented, en particular by the famous Siberian Tigers.
The Bee Trail (Villars-Mendraz)
Inaugurated in 2011 for the 125 anniversary of the Apicultural Society of Moudon, this didactic trail allows the visitor to discover the life of bees in 19 illustrated panels, strewn along the footpath bordering the Broye river.
The General Guisan Walking Trails (Mézières)
Setting out from his native village of Mézières, one can choose from 6 marked footpaths which the celebrated general would have known well. A walk in his memory takes place every June.
The Wheat Trail (Moudon)
This sign-posted educational path is some 100 kilometres in length, easily travelled on foot or bicycle in all seasons. Nine thematic sites and some 40 informative panels line the trail, raising the visitors’ awareness and appreciation.
Specialising in tropical birds and herpetology, this animal park boasts a couple of Komodo dragons and Cape penguins, a popular attraction. The energy pavilion provides a fun place to learn about ecology.