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Tour of the Blenio Valley by e-bike

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This route runs through the sunny Blenio Valley to the Lukmanier pass, one of the most beautiful passes in Switzerland, with its noteworthy geology, culture and history, encountering numerous remains testifying to the valley's past.

moderate
Distance 67.3 km
6:40 h
2,785 m
1,159 m
1,918 m
293 m

The itinerary starts in Biasca, at the centre of the Blenio, Leventina and Riviera valleys, with its beautiful view over the imposing Santa Petronilla waterfall and the solid walls of rock that surround the village. It crosses through the area between Biasca and Malvaglia that was affected by the landslide in the 16th century, before climbing up towards the Blenio Valley through an agricultural landscape with a longstanding tradition, which is of great naturalistic, historical and cultural interest. Everything in this valley reflects the authenticity of a land attached to its past. Having travelled through the villages of Malvaglia, Semione (where the ancient ruins of Serravalle Castle are still to be seen) and Ludiano with its typical grottos, continue towards the Motto countryside. From there, climb up towards the slope leading to Casserio, home to the Roberto Donetta photographic archive and the village of Leontica with its stunning Romanesque church of San Carlo di Negrentino, decorated with magnificent frescoes. 

The tour continues its ascent until coming to Cancorì, situated in the sunny Nara amphitheatre that boasts a panorama over the majestic peaks and a myriad of potential excursions on foot. This marks the start of the descent down the hairpin bends of the mountain road to Marolta, before climbing back up towards Olivone where you can see the ancient bourgeois homes of the emigrants from Blenio, stop to buy some local dairy produce, or visit the “Cà da Rivöi” museum of the local agricultural civilisation. The last stage of the route continues through the unparalleled Alpine landscape that leads to the Lucomagno region, all the way to the border with the Canton of Graubünden, where you can continue towards the Surselva region, taking advantage of another network of e-bike recharging stations in this area (further information at www.regiun-surselva.ch).

Author’s recommendation

The itinerary is based on the cycle routes proposed by SwitzerlandMobility, with a number of variants leading to e-bike recharging stations along the way. Recharging an e-bike is free of charge, faster than a normal recharge and there is no need to have your own charger.

Take a printed copy of our web map with you during your tour just to be on the safe side.

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Update: September 07, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,918 m
Lowest point
293 m
Best time of year
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Rest stops

Hotel della Posta (Bike friendly)
Al Giardinetto (Bike friendly)
Grotto Canvett (Bike friendly)
B&B Il Calicanto (Bike Friendly)
Ristoro Sass Malt (Bike friendly)
B&B Villa Ricordo (Bike friendly)
Capanna Quarnei (Bike friendly)
BP service station, (Bike Friendly)
Ristorante Rubino Megabello (Bike friendly)
Ristorante La Pernice, (Bike Friendly)
Albergo Defanti (Bike friendly)
Capanna Gorda (Bike friendly)
Pineta Saracino (Bike friendly)
Ristorante Casa Greina (Bike friendly)
Casa Lucomagno (Bike Friendly)
Pensione Centrale, (Bike Friendly)
Capanna Bovarina (Bike friendly)
Campa Alpine Lodge & SPA (Bike friendly)
Ostello Cappuccini Faido (Bike friendly)
Osteria Belvedere (Bike friendly)
Centro Pro Natura Lucomagno (Bike friendly)

Safety information

 

  • Wear protective gear
  • Assess your capability accurately
  • Give hikers right of way
  • Stay on the trail
  • Close fence gates.

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted.

Start

Biasca (292 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'718'134E 1'134'730N
DD
46.353556, 8.973489
DMS
46°21'12.8"N 8°58'24.6"E
UTM
32T 497960 5133331
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Destination

Passo del Lucomagno

Turn-by-turn directions

The routes can be travelled in both directions. When travelling from the Lukmanier pass through the Surselva (Graubünden) region, you can return to Canton Ticino via the St Gotthard pass. The Surselva region is home to a regional e-bike recharging network, with specific stations (www.regiun-surselva.ch).

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'718'134E 1'134'730N
DD
46.353556, 8.973489
DMS
46°21'12.8"N 8°58'24.6"E
UTM
32T 497960 5133331
w3w 
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
67.3 km
Duration
6:40 h
Ascent
2,785 m
Descent
1,159 m
Highest point
1,918 m
Lowest point
293 m
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