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Trekking to sentiero della salute (Health trail)

From Pontegrande to Ceppo Morelli along Anza river

Val D'Ossola - Valle Anzasca

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length icon Length:
16.5 Km
time icon Our time:
5h30' walking
climb icon Total climb:
500 mt
height icon Min and max height:
525 mt - 816 mt
track ring icon Type of track:
ring track
surface icon Surface:
trail - dirt road
panorama icon Panorama:
woods - river
coverage icon Cell network coverage:
winter icon Traced in winter:
bike icon Traced by bike:

The history of Sentiero Della Salute (Health trail) is tied firstly to the hydric usage of Valle Anzasca.
In 1929, when Ceppo Morelli dam and Battigio power plant were built, a branch channel was built to carry the water, along a mild slope, to the power plant. The channel is inside a tunnel dug in the mountain and in order to allow inspections and maintenance a trail was built, named “Strà dul Canal” (road of the channel, in dialect).
The trail is halfway on the coast among the cool pine woods facing Anza river, with some sights on Monte Rosa. The particular panorama attracted the attention of some inhabitants of Ceppo Morelli, who fixed a first tract in 2004, calling it “Sentiero della Salute”. Only in 2014, thanks to city halls and local authorities, the whole trail was recovered and named after alpine trooper Luigi Corti.
After reaching Ceppo Morelli the same path can be traveled through again, otherwise the dirt road along Anza river can be taken, crossing some rural villages.
There’s a curious writing on a rocky wall along the trail: “for a healthy life, walk the Sentiero della Salute three times a week”!

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