The ‘Schwarzwasser-Sense-Schluchtenweg’ hiking trail in Bern, Switzerland, crosses or follows the two rivers Schwarzwasser and Sense along and through a multitude of ravines along the way, interspersed with hills offering views of the Bernese rural landscape and more than one castle ruin.
Our version of the hike was unfortunately accidental, and the original route is definitely recommended.
- Not visible in the Fail Map is the bus we took from Flamatt to Alblingen, making our total distance similar to the official route, just much less scenic for that portion.
- Schweizmobil has the hike as 2 stages intended for two days, which we thought was silly as both are only 3.5 hours each.
Jenny was indisposed on this otherwise perfect day for a group hike in the lowlands, so it was just me and my good friends Krieger and Manny.
The hike started out well enough, but while we were immersed in conversation and following the pleasant riverbanks, we missed a left turn early on and ended up in the village of Flamatt. We had noticed our error a few minutes prior and decided to take the bus to Alblingen to not elongate our route to over 30 kilometers and continue from there.
Spirits remained high, and we soon reached the Grasburg castle ruin, where we might have wanted to have lunch, had it not been filled to the brim with screaming children. So it wasn’t the worst thing that we had our sandwiches while waiting for the bus earlier.
From there, it was an up and down, alternating hilltops with fantastic post card views of the charming Bernese countryside, and crossing one of the rivers in a ravine.
Overall a very enjoyable hike, well suited for a mild spring or autumn day. You can do it in two stages as suggested by Schweizmobil if it seems too long, but I think it’s very doable in one day. Not harder than other 7-8 hour hikes they have as one stage too, anyway.
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Route Report / Gallery
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|Date of Hike:||2020-06-21|
|Participants:||Roman, Krieger, Manny|
|Technical Difficulty:||T1: Easy|
|Net Hours (Est.)||7|
|Max. Alt. (m)||839|