We had been told about this small nature reserve by a friend and thought we'd check it out - we weren't disappointed. A morning ride on the famous MOB train got us to Chateau d'Oex by 10.30. We crossed the Sarine river and headed eastwards. The directions are well marked (as would be expected in Switzerland) with the famous yellow signboards. At the village of Gerignoz we turned southwards and puffed our way up a steep tarmaced road which ran beside a plesant gurguling stream.
It was a steep uphill slog.....
......for which we were well rewarded. A 'hidden valley' full of colourful spring flowers protected by a semi-circular rampart of cliffs. Spectacular.
We had not given ourselves enough time to wander round this idyllic spot, so a return visit is high on the list of 'must do's' for 2010.
More information about the reserve can be found at: http://www.chateau-doex.ch/english/html/nature/pierreuse.htm