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Paths along the irrigation channels in Merano

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  • Paths along the irrigation channels in Merano
    / Paths along the irrigation channels in Merano
    Photo: MGM Alex Filz, Meraner Land
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easy
Distance 83.5 km
25:45 h
2,504 m
2,504 m

The Merano irrigation channels trails (Waalwege) represent a union of eleven trails around Meran/Merano in South Tyrol. Waalwege trails are narrow walking paths that run along historic water canals. These channels were once used to irrigate the fields and date back to the 13th century.

Vines, apple trees, pines, cypresses, firs and larches line these special Waalwege canal trails, which in South Tyrol can only be found around Meran and in the Vinschgau valley. Castles, palaces and chapels along the way offer insights into the culture of the region. Meanwhile, traditional inns invite you to take a break.

The circular tour on the Merano Canal Trails is approx. 80 km long, going round the entire Meran basin. Remaining at nearly the same elevation throughout, the circular tour runs along the Etschtal valley’s mountains. This makes the entire route and also the individual stages ideal for leisure hikers and families.

The Merano Canal Trail can be hiked all year round and connects eleven irrigation canals (Waalwege) with one another: the Algunder Waalweg, the Kuenser Waalweg, the Waalweg Riffian, the Maiser Waalweg, the Schenner Waalweg, the Brandiswaalweg in Lana, the Tschermser Waalweg, the Marlinger Waalweg, the Partschinser Waalweg, the Rablander Waalweg and the Wallburgweg in Naturns/Naturno.

  1. Stage: Töll/Tel - Kuens/Caines: 11 km
  2. Stage: Kuens/Caines - Saltaus/Saltusio: 7.6 km
  3. Stage: Saltaus/Saltusio - Naiftal valley: 11 km
  4. Stage: Naiftal valley - Burgstall/Postal - Lana: 13 km
  5. Stage: Lana - Töll/Tel: 13 km
  6. Stage: Töll/Tel - Rabland/Rablà: 6 km
  7. Stage: Rabland/Rablà - Naturns/Naturno: 9.6 km
  8. Stage: Naturns/Naturno - Töll/Tel: 11 km
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Coordinates:
DD
46.682390, 11.095340
DMS
46°40'56.6"N 11°05'43.2"E
UTM
32T 660239 5172002
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Getting there

From Meran or Vinschgau valley, drive towards Töll. At the turnoff at the Töll bridge, turn left towards Algund and continue driving until you reach the car park at the Algunder Waalweg irrigation channel trail.

Coordinates

DD
46.682390, 11.095340
DMS
46°40'56.6"N 11°05'43.2"E
UTM
32T 660239 5172002
w3w 
///ecologists.exuding.fortunately
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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
83.5 km
Duration
25:45 h
Ascent
2,504 m
Descent
2,504 m

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