Un­ex­pected plea­sures

Home to moun­tains, val­leys, lakes and vine­yards, Jura’s nat­u­ral beauty will take your breath away. Stephanie Shel­drake ex­plores one of France’s hidden trea­sures

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Some­what over­shad­owed by the Alps fur­ther south, the Jura Moun­tains are with­out doubt one of France’s best-kept se­crets. The moun­tain range, which stretches north to south along the Swiss bor­der, is a mag­net for lovers of the great out­doors.

One of the best ways to en­joy this area is on foot: the moun­tains are home to the Grande Traver­sée du Jura (GTJ), a 400km trail which runs form Man­deure in the neigh­bour­ing depart­ment of Doubs to the north, down to Cu­loz in the depart­ment of Ain to the south. The paths of the Haut-Jura were first made by Bene­dic­tine monks and have been used through­out the ages by all sorts of trav­ellers from ped­dlers and smug­glers to farm­ers and chil­dren on their way to school. The GTJ is now one of Cross-coun­try ski­ing

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