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The view on Lake NeuchatelPhoto: Dave O'Riordan, Swiss Alpine Adventure
Rest stopsBerggasthof Métairie de Prêles - Les Prés d'Orvin
Safety informationThe Jura stone is very slippery when wet. The technical difficulty of this tour increases significantly after rain. The descent from Bergerie du Haut to Met de Preles in particular can be very slippery when wet.
Tips and hintsLK 2504 Magglingen and Singletrail map Biel.
The descent begins over the pastures before dropping down towards Bergerie du Haut before turning north on singletral dropping to point 1131. In May 2016 the very last part of this trail had to be avoided due to forestry work, but was easily circumnavigated on a dirt road. From here it's about 750m on the road before entering a singletrail on the left hand side of the road going past Plans Dessous and turning right at point 1007 near les Pres d'Orvins and taking the hiking trail (crossing two gates) down to the valley at Jorat.
In Jorat we turn right on an unpaved road which then joins a single trail down to the river leading us towards Evilard, where we can go straight through the town and descend back to Biel or spend some time circumnavigating the town on some flowy trails before descending to Biel.
Public-transport-friendlyRegular train connections are available to the train station in Biel from throughout Switzerland.
By roadWith the car A1 and A5 from either Bern or Zurich towards Biel. From Basel go cross country via Delemont or on the Autobahn A2, changing to the A1 and the A5 to get to Biel.
ParkingParking is available in Biel near the Lago Lodge where the GPS track for this tour starts.
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentPossible on any sort of descent mountain bike when the weather is good.
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