Intact Nature Area

One of "Switzerland's last remaining intact nature areas"!

In 2013, the renowned Swiss consumers magazine "Beobachter" listed the Simplon Region as one of Switzerland last remaining intact natural areas - along with prominent places like the Unesco World Heritage Site Jungfrau-Aletsch-Simplon or the Swiss National Park (the authors specifically mentioned the two valleys Zwischbergental and Laggintal).

"A11 Simplon/Zwischbergental/Nanztal
Rund um den Simplon laden mehrere wenig bevölkerte, wilde Täler und Alpschaften zu ausgedehnten Wanderungen ein. Besonders artenreich und wild sind das Zwischbergental und das Laggintal an der Simplon-Südseite.
Übernachtet werden kann zum Beispiel in SAC-Hütten oder in Simplon-Dorf."
(Beobachter)

SRF bi de Lüt - Wunderland

Im Sommer 2014 war das Schweizer Fernsehen zu Besuch in der Simplon Region. "Viel mehr als nur ein Alpenpass" sei der Simplon, resümiert das SRF. "Wer anstatt über den Pass lieber durch den Simplontunnel fährt, verpasst einiges. Abseits der Passstrasse gibt es atemberaubende Bergkulissen und unberührte Landschaften zu entdecken."
Die Sendung in voller Länge hier:

Quelle: SRF

Wandern in unberührten Talschaften...

Entdecken Sie die Region um den Simplon im Sommer und im Herbst auf einer ausgedehnten Wanderung. Das Hochgebirge am Simplonpass, die bewaldeten Täler und die romantischen Dörfer sind durch unzählige gut unterhaltene Wanderwege erschlossen. Es gibt Touren von verschiedensten Schwierigkeitsgraden, so dass für jeden etwas dabei ist.

 
 
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Wandern im Naturschutzgebiet Achera-Biela

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  • Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
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  • / Ried Brig
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  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
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  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
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  • / Achera Biela
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  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
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  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
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  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
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  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Ried Brig
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Achera Biela Naturlehrpfad
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600 750 900 1050 1200 m km 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 1.4 Ried-Brig, Rufigraben Ried-Brig, Biela

The Romans brought the grain over 2000 years ago to Valais, where it soon became a typical image. Along the nature trail you will discover many highlights at Brigerberg.

easy
1.5 km
0:40 h
32 m
32 m

The nature trail can be reached after an hour-long hike from Brig over the Biela. Alternatively, you can take the post bus to Ried-Brig. The Achera-Biela is an important part of the cultural heritage of the Ried-Brig/Termen region and was declared a nature reserve of cantonal importance in 1994. The 24-hectare area is home to a variety of valuable habitats, some of which have become rare: traditional and near-natural arable crops, species-rich rough meadows, rock steppes, suonen, dry stone walls and terraces. At the end of the circular trail you will return to Brig on foot after half an hour.

 

It is forbidden:   

  • Let dogs run free   
  • Leaving the paths   
  • start a fire   
  • Damage to and disturbance of animals, plants and habitats   
  • Accommodation and camping   
  • Discarding and leaving waste lying around   
  • Leaving dog excrement lying around 

 

Further information

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the sun on the high plateau at Brigerberg. Restaurants in Ried-Brig and Termen with their beautiful gardens invite you to linger.

Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
906 m
Lowest point
879 m
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Simplon va hie

Safety information

The hike is at your own risk. Insurance is the responsibility of the hiker.

Equipment

Equipment adapted to the weather is indispensable. For all hikes it is strongly recommended to wear good, sturdy mountain boots.

Tips, hints and links

brig-simplon.ch

 

For centuries, the Achera-Biela in Ried-Brig and Termen was regarded as the arable farming area on the Brigerberg. The Romans brought the grain over 2000 years ago to the Valais, where it was cultivated in the dry areas and soon became part of the typical landscape. In the course of time, the characteristical cultural landscape with terraces, dry stone walls, barns etc. developed. Until the middle of this century this agriculture shaped the picture. From the end of the Second World War onwards, the number of fields decreased continuously. In the Achera-Biela area, the decline was so drastic that in the sixties arable farming practically came to a standstill. Bernhard Gemmet, organic farmer in Ried-Brig, was the driving force behind the renaissance of traditional agriculture in the seventies. He was one of the first to cultivate winter cereals again, using modern machinery on plots of land that had been folded, but in a traditional way. Several farmers followed his example, so that today the area under cultivation is again just under 5 hectares. This area is divided among 6 farmers, whereby the areas cultivated per farmer vary in size. The seeds of the so-called field weeds survived the interruption of cultivation in the soil. Today a rich, colourful arable flora can be admired again: Cornflower, corn cockle, field wheat, larkspur, etc. In order to preserve this valuable flora, it is necessary to grow winter cereals.

 

On 30.6.1999, the State Council of the Canton of Valais placed the area under nature conservation. It comprises around 24 hectares of agricultural land, which corresponds to about 6% of the total agricultural area of the municipality of Ried-Brig. Of the 14.3 ha of open arable land still cultivated in Ried-Brig in 1998, almost 5 ha are located in the nature reserve, which corresponds to a share of 31%. In addition, the steppe grasslands, brownfields, traditionally irrigated meadows, hedges and shrubs are of great ecological importance. It goes without saying that the area is home to rare, special and typical animal species: Wryneck, butterfly-like, field cricket, emerald lizard to name but a few.

Start

Ried-Brig (893 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.319480, 8.014761
UTM
32T 424151 5130016

Destination

Ried-Brig

Turn-by-turn directions

Ried-Brig, Biela - Sander - Chennulmatte -Undri Biela - Biela

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can take the post bus to Ried-Brig (stop: Biela or Rufigraben).

Getting there

By post bus to Ried-Brig (village) or by private car to the central car park in Ried-Brig.

Parking

Parking spaces are available in Ried-Brig. Parking is only possible in Ried-Brig (village).

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Books and other details are available from the Brig Tourist Office.

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking maps are available from the Brig Tourist Office.

 

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Distance
1.5 km
Duration
0:40 h
Ascent
32 m
Descent
32 m
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