Loop hike “Walser Réng”
8 km long but easy route, which allows you to discover Gressoney-Saint-Jean and its surroundings and to appreciate the beauty of the landscape and its cultural heritage. The excursion can take up the whole day if you intend to visit the cultural sites along the way.
From the car park in front of the Tourist Office, cross the Lys river over the characteristic wooden bridge and turn left onto a dirt road heading north, following the stream and offering a series of beautiful views. After about 1.5 km, at the hydroelectric power plant, cross the river again by taking the path on the left. Continue straight on, cross the regional road 44 passing the characteristic Tschemenoal chapel, walk through the houses and leave the hamlet following a well-marked path to the left. From there, the route climbs up among beautiful woods and meadows overlooking the village of Gressoney-Saint-Jean and then goes down to the romantic Gover Lake. At this point, the track begins to climb again, passing near a beautiful waterfall and then reaching the entrance to the park of the Savoy Castle, the summer residence of Margherita of Savoy, the first queen of Italy. Do not enter the gate but continue briefly uphill on the paved road until you meet the path under the road at the half bend. From there, descend among century-old larch trees, meadows and some buildings until reaching a large car park in Bielciuken. Now follow the regional road 44 to the left in the direction of the centre. After the sports centre, take the paved ramp and turn left following the path northwards, slightly above the valley floor. Walk through the beautiful houses of Verdebio and, after crossing a small bridge, continue in the direction of Villa Margherita, seat of the town hall, and the interesting Alpenfaunamuseum “Beck-Peccoz” . Once you reach the regional road right between the two above-mentioned buildings, cross the river one last time and then follow the route on the right until you reach, after a few hundred metres, the starting point of the itinerary.