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Nordic walking

Lombardia, Valchiavenna, Madesimo

Nordic Walking is a discipline practised with the aid of special walking sticks so that at every step forward the forces engaged in the movement encourage the involvement not only of the legs but also the upper part of the body. In doing so a better resistance and balance is achieved, increasing the energy consumption and oxygen delivery.

In and around Madesimo there are a range of possible itineraries along which you can enjoy this health-enhancing activity:

Madesimo – a walk along the river

Difficult: medium
Height difference: 100 m.

This particular outing leads from the dam at Madesimo along the valley bottom following the course of the Scalcoggia stream. It’s a route reserved to pedestrians, an itinerary which is for the most part on the level with some slight inclines. The first stretch as far as the Dogana Vegia is paved (hence it’s also suitable for pushchairs) and is illuminated at night. The walk then follows a path through meadowlands until the end of the valley (”A walk along the valley bottom – Tec dal Luzi”).

Madesimo – Andossi plateau

Difficult: mixed
Height difference: 150 m.

The outing begins from the “Walk along the river” at the height of the so-called “ponte romano”. Once across the bridge two different paths head off, both climbing towards Andossi (a limestone plateau situated on the right side of Valle Scalcoggia) and taking the one on the left involves heading off on the “Bicycle path to Andossi”. Once you’ve reached the plateau you’ll come across a clutch of mountain dwellings or ‘Baite’, the beautiful little San Rocco church and a selection of places to rest and eat/drink (Ristoro Osteria Amalia – La Baitella, Rifugio Mai Tardi and Ristoro Pasini). The “Bicycle path to Andossi” reaches its highest point at Mottaccio near the Rifugio La Baitella (1.706 m.) from where the descent back to Madesimo begins all the way down to Scalcogggia (near the tunnel).

The Alpe Motta ring

Difficult: mixed
Height difference: 30 m.

The path winds through the area within Alpe Motta along the trail which in wintertime forms part of the area where cross country skiing is practised. It’s ideal for Nordic walking as it combines particularly easy sections but then also offers athletes who wish to raise the level of their commitment to the sport by throwing up some more challenging parts. Alpe Motta can be reached along a walk of around 2.5 km or alternatively by car.

Alpe Motta – Lago Azzurro

Difficult: mixed
Height difference: 100 m.

The route runs along the dirt roads that go from the Lago Azzurro to the statue of Nostra Signore d’Europa, and is recommended also for beginners as the inclines are short; it’s a fine stretch for anyone who wishes to improve their technique within a spectacular setting. It’s particularly scenic. Access: at the end of the essentially private road to Motta di Sopra, you’ll note the signs indicating the path. The road is restricted to traffic. Various outlets in Alpe Motta sell daily passes permitting access by car, however we recommend you follow the route on foot.

Lago Azzurro – Alpe Groppera

Difficult: easy
Height difference: 100 m.

Heading off from Lago Azzurrro towards Alpe Groppera, follow the lower mountain slopes on the dirt road which starts at the parking area and then goes past the rifugio Baita del Sole. Once at Groppera you’ll note the Larici restaurant and then you can make your way back to Madesimo either by cable-way or on foot.

The Acqua Merla ring – Portarezza (Campodolcino)

Difficult: easy
Height difference: 100 m.

An ideal route for beginners or indeed Nordic walking training courses as the level ground gives every opportunity to acquire the correct technique involved: it’s also suitable for anyone who wishes to partake in the sport but with a limited physical impact. In the centre of the little town there’s a short stretch on the main road. You can access the trail from either end of the town, to the south near the bridge at Portarezza and to the north in the Acqua Merla district.

Fraciscio – Gualdera

Difficult: mixed
Height difference: 110 meters

The route starts from Fraciscio going up the trail of Mottala and ending in Gualdera , with the ability to go to the next track. Short term development path that has some stretches with a slope. Great for those who want to begin to raise the level of commitment.

Gualdera – Bondeno

Difficult: mixed
Height difference: 400 meters

The route starts from Gualdera going up the dirt road that leads to Bondeno and then go inside the wood. Scenic route discrete development that unfolds on a dirt road and cemented. Ideal for those who already have a training base and wants to improve.

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