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Valle di Blenio Bike

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m 1000 800 600 400 200 25 20 15 10 5 km Pensione Centrale, (Bike Friendly) Al Giardinetto (Bike friendly) Casa Lucomagno (Bike Friendly) B&B Il Calicanto (Bike Friendly) Ristoro alpino … friendly) Castello di Serravalle

This route links Olivone with Biasca and features many historical and cultural testaments to the valley's past.

moderate
Distance 26.2 km
4:00 h
171 m
770 m
907 m
291 m

The route winds along the valley floor past numerous testaments to the valley’s history. From Olivone towards Biasca, after passing the small village of Ponto Aquilesco and the hamlet of Aquila along mule tracks and hiking paths you reach the hamlet of Dangio and pass Cima Norma, the old chocolate factory which produced up to 1,500 tonnes of chocolate and employed more than 300 workers in the 1940s and 1950s, making a significant contribution to the valley’s economy in the last century.

A short rise on a path leads to the hill where the Curterio Castle once stood, although there are no significant remnants of it left today. The Oath of Torre was signed here in 1182, in which the inhabitants of Blenio and Leventina expressed their desire to remain free, with no jurisdiction other than that of the Milanese.

The route then continues towards Lottigna, home of the Blenio Museum, then descends along a path to the Terme di Acquarossa hot spring, renowned throughout Switzerland as a spa. The current building, which has been closed since 1971, was inaugurated in 1886.

Continuing along the old Satro road you arrive at the hamlet of Dongio, passing through an area of caves and vineyards, where the «houses of the pagans» can be made out hollowed out of the rocks overlooking the town.

The route then continues between Motto and Malvaglia on a section of dirt road following the Biasca-Acquarossa railway line, created in 1911 and dismantled in 1973. After passing through the hamlet of Malvaglia you take the end of the path from Legiuna, a floodplain of national importance.

Author’s recommendation

For mountain biking, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts: Valle di Blenio Bike no. 387

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Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino Turismo
Update: September 06, 2022
Difficulty
S1 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
907 m
Lowest point
291 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Track types

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Rest stops

Ristorante Casa Greina (Bike friendly)
Pensione Centrale, (Bike Friendly)
Casa Lucomagno (Bike Friendly)
Pineta Saracino (Bike friendly)
Capanna Gorda (Bike friendly)
Capanna Quarnei (Bike friendly)
Ristorante La Pernice, (Bike Friendly)
Ristorante Rubino Megabello (Bike friendly)
BP service station, (Bike Friendly)
Ristoro alpino La Furbeda (Bike friendly)
Ristoro Sass Malt (Bike friendly)
B&B Villa Ricordo (Bike friendly)
B&B Il Calicanto (Bike Friendly)
Grotto Canvett (Bike friendly)
Al Giardinetto (Bike friendly)
Hotel della Posta (Bike friendly)
Cascata di Santa Petronilla

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

Olivone (891 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'714'885E 1'154'217N
DD
46.529385, 8.936109
DMS
46°31'45.8"N 8°56'10.0"E
UTM
32T 495100 5152870
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Destination

Biasca

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The route winds along the valley floor past numerous testaments to the valley’s history. From Olivone towards Biasca, after passing the small village of Ponto Aquilesco and the hamlet of Aquila along mule tracks and hiking paths you reach the hamlet of Dangio and pass Cima Norma, the old chocolate factory which produced up to 1,500 tonnes of chocolate and employed more than 300 workers in the 1940s and 1950s, making a significant contribution to the valley’s economy in the last century.

A short rise on a path leads to the hill where the Curterio Castle once stood, although there are no significant remnants of it left today. The Oath of Torre was signed here in 1182, in which the inhabitants of Blenio and Leventina expressed their desire to remain free, with no jurisdiction other than that of the Milanese.

 

The route then continues towards Lottigna, home of the Blenio Museum, then descends along a path to the Terme di Acquarossa hot spring, renowned throughout Switzerland as a spa. The current building, which has been closed since 1971, was inaugurated in 1886.

Continuing along the old Satro road you arrive at the hamlet of Dongio, passing through an area of caves and vineyards, where the «houses of the pagans» can be made out hollowed out of the rocks overlooking the town.

 

The route then continues between Motto and Malvaglia on a section of dirt road following the Biasca-Acquarossa railway line, created in 1911 and dismantled in 1973. After passing through the hamlet of Malvaglia you take the end of the path from Legiuna, a floodplain of national importance.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Getting there

Parking

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'714'885E 1'154'217N
DD
46.529385, 8.936109
DMS
46°31'45.8"N 8°56'10.0"E
UTM
32T 495100 5152870
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Difficulty
S1 moderate
Distance
26.2 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
171 m
Descent
770 m
Highest point
907 m
Lowest point
291 m
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