Circular Bike Tour Farner
From the Uznach stork colony to Oberricken and Farner: the Farner route offers unspoilt nature and a lot of altitude on the edge of the agglomeration of Zürich.
Total length: 40km (25 miles)Conditions: mediumRequirements: medium
Height difference: 1,050 m (3,500ft)Signalisation: Bike Route No. 481
The starting point for this tour is the village of Uznach, which has a large colony of storks. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to cover the climb up to Oberricken as effortlessly as these birds can on a bike: over the 1.6 miles / 2.5 kilometres between Ernetschwil and Bildhus, you will cover a total climb of nearly 1,000ft / 300 metres.
The route continues through the highland moors on the way to Ricken. From the village of Ricken, the route rises again for another 500ft / 150 metres up to Oberricken. The following 2.5 miles / 4 kilometres, travelling downwards on tarmac, gravel and grassland, provide an opportunity to gather your strength.
You will need it for the climb up to Farner, at a height of 3,800ft / 1,157 metres. The descent to Goldingen is the most technically demanding part of the tour.