Tschars Schnalser Waalweg
Tschars Schnalser Waalweg

Ciardes and Stava Waalweg paths

This hike takes from the idyllic little village of Ciardes to Juval Castle high above Naturno.

On a sunny day in April we move off to the Val Venosta for a walking-tour along the special Waalweg paths which are typical for this area. In order to supply their fields with water the farmers constructed irrigation canals, the so-called “Waale”, already hundred of years ago. The water was derivated from the creeks of the upper areas and flowed downhill through dug earth channels.

Having left our car at the parking space above the centre of Ciardes, we follow trail n° 3, the Ciardes Waalweg path, admiring the water channels, which were partly built by hand by the farmers of the Val Venosta. The trail leads gently upwards until Juval Castle with the MMM Juval, one of six mountain museums of the former extreme Alpinist Reinhold Messner.

At the Sonnenhof farm below the castle we have a rest and a refreshing drink on the sunny terrace. Right behind the Sonnenhof farm, the trail leads down to the Stava Waalweg path. This water channel is not used anymore and so no water flows. Under the Ciardes Waalweg path, the Stava Waalweg path leads back to the village of Ciardes, our starting point.

Author: ED

Important: If you want to do this hiking tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Ciardes, small parking space above the village at the beginning of the path
Route: Ciardes - Ciardes Waalweg path - Juval Castle - Stava Waalweg path - Ciardes
Markers: 3, 1, 1A
Walking time: approx. 2.5 hours
Altitude difference: approx. 300 metres
Distance: 7 km
Experienced in: April 2011
Suitable for families? Yes, absolutely! The water channels provide an adventurous experience especially for children.
More information: tourist board Castelbello-Ciardes, phone: +39 0473 624193

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