TheFirstDay:NERNIER­ -> MARIGNIER

Description

1. From Nernier (m.373) you turn left at the Post Office and follow the D60 for Yvoire. Going out of the village you turn left at the wooden sign "Littoral du Léman. Yvoire 20 min." into a narrow asphalt road. The "Littoral du Léman" (L.L.) is a red and yellow marked track running along the south bank of the lake of Geneva, and is to be followed until Yvoire. After 300 mts, on a bend, you leave the asphalt road and take the track straight ahead, which comes to the stream called Mercube after 100 mts. Here a detour is recommended, as, by following the stream along the left bank, you reach, after about another 100 mts, the point where the Waldensians disembarked 300 years ago. From here you have a beautiful view of Nernier, Yvoire and the other side of the lake, from where the Waldensians embarked. After the detour you continue following the "Littoral" path on to Yvoire (m.401), whose historic centre merits a visit. Time: 45 min. including detour.

2. Leave Yvoire taking the first road left after the Mairie (Town Hall), cross the D25, and follow a narrow asphalt road marked "Les Cynges d1Yvoire", which passes between camp sites, and is a continuation of the "Littoral". At the three way fork go straight ahead onto a dirt road, which after a straight bit curves right and reaches again an asphalt road. This you im-mediately leave to take the first asphalt road on the left, and in fact now leave the "Littoral du Léman". Now ahead you will see the outline of Mount de Boisy. After passing a riding school you come onto the D25, which you follow on the right hand side until you reach the D324, which takes you to the hamlet of Filly (m.401), where there is an excellent water fountain. Time: 1 hr 15 min.

3. From Filly follow the D324, cross the busy N5 and follow the signs for Prailles, where you turn right for Massongy. After 500 mts turn left onto the first asphalt road, which gradually ascends Mount de Boisy. Here you meet the D225, which you follow on the left towards Ballaison (m.601) through a forest with panoramic views of the Lake of Geneva. Time: 1 hr 30 min.

4. From Ballaison one is obliged to take the D20 on the 6 kms to Bons-en-Chablais; it is advisable to walk on the left. In

front of you is the mountain chain of the Voirons. On the way to Bons-en-Chablais (m.568) you pass through the centre of Saint-Didier. Time: 1 hr 15 min.

5. The Bons-en-Chablais - Saxel route also follows the D20 for long stretches, and there are only two possible short-cuts. About 1 km out of Bons, after crossing a stream, turn right onto a narrow made up road that leads to Marclay, where you rejoin the D20. About 50 mts after Marclay, a road, which is at first made up, cuts across a bend of the D20. The D20 is then followed until the Col de Saxel (m.943). Le "gite d'étape" (staging post) is on the road, on the left, a little before the pass, which leads to "Mont-Béné" about 350 mts from the D20. Time 1 hr 45 min.

6. From the Col de Saxel you come to the village of the same name (m.900), where you leave the D20 and follow the sign for "Mairie de Saxel", after which you keep straight on along the narrow asphalted D320, which, a little before Boege (m.735), rejoins the D20, which is finally left behind there. Time: 1 hr 15 min.

7. In the centre of Boege take the D22 towards Villard-sur-Boege, and at the first fork take the road for Saint-André-sur-Boege. Before you rises Mount de Vouan. A little before Saint-André you come upon a fork at which, as at ali the following, you follow the signs for "Ludran" and "Viuz-en-Sallaz". After the hamlet of Ludran you arrive at the pass, the Col de Ludran (m.938), which connects the Ménoge Valley to that of the Foron. Time 1 hr 15 min.

8. About 400 mts after the Col de Ludran you come to a fork where you should ignore the right handway for Chauffémerande, but take the unsignposted little road to the left, on which after about 500 mts there is a second fork where you follow the road sign "D190 (RN 507 par Sévraz)". Here there is a beautiful view of Viuz-en-Sallaz, and behind the little town you can make out the gorge which you are about to pass. About 200 mts after Lor-zier you leave the DI90 and turn left onto a narrow asphalted road, the C222, towards la Chavanne, a little before which you turn right down onto a road that after 30 mts ceases to be as­phalted. This leads to the bridge over the Foron, which once crossed, the road is again asphalted and leads on the right to Viuz-en Sallaz (m.670). Time 1 hr.

9. An unsignposted asphalted road for Ville-en-Sallaz begins from behind the church in Viuz-en-Sallaz. At the crossroads at the entrance to the little village keep straight on until the D191 joins the busy D907, keeping on the left hand side of which you pass through the gorge. A little before the turn off to the right for Saint-Jeoire you take an unsignposted asphalted road to the left which passes through Entreverges, in the centre of which you leave the asphalted road, where it curves right onto the D907A, and keep straight on on the unmade up road (Promenade du

Chaffard), which carries on until the centre of Saint-Jeoire (m.580). Time 1 hr.

10. Leave Saint-Jeoire on the "Vieille Route" (indication "Cormand 3.5")» which turns off the main road 30 mts after the Church Square. Turn right at the first fork downhill and then turn left on the D306 "Cormand". Cross the D907 and climb on the D306 towards Cormand, the piace where the Waldensians took their first short night's rest. Foilow the D306 towards Marignier until Combaz (whose name is only signposted coming from Marignier). From here there is a beautiful view of the Plain of Marignier. At Combaz after a U turn there is a sign "Marignier". Leave here the main road and descend for an unmetalled road to the left. After 1 km this road is asphalted and leads into Marignier (m. 476) ex-actly at the point where the Waldensians arrived 300 years ago; that is the old bridge. Keep right after the bridge, and before the level crossing turn left onto the D19, which goes to Marig­nier Station and then on to Cluses. Time: 2 hr.

 

 

The Second Day: MARIGNIER -> MEGEVE

 

Those determined to follow exactly in the steps of the Wal­densians on the Marignier - Sallanches stage have no alternative but to follow the D19 from Marignier to Cluses and then the N205 on to Sallanches. Walking is very unpleasant on these two busy roads, and consequently an alternative is suggested:

1. Train from Marignier to Magland . This cuts out 14 kms (3 hr) of continuous traffic and exhaust fumes. One can also stay the night at Marignier.

2. Follow an alternative path along the right bank of the River Arve from Magland to Sallanches (12 kms).

It takes 6 hours from Magland to Megeve, where it is ad-visable to stop the night - and not at Combloux like the Walden­sians - because of the long stage on the third day.

Description

1. In front of the station at Magland (m.513) take the (very busy) N205 for Sallanches, and then turn right onto the "Route de Gravin" for "Gravin, la Moranche". Before Gravin there is a fork at which you take the road for "Saxel, Mournoux, la Moranche", which passes by the left side of the chapel in the centre of Gravin, and enters a forest. Turn left at the first crossroads for "Saxel". From Saxel (not to be confused with the Saxel of the first stage) to les Vorziers you follow an unmetalled road. After les Vorziers you turn right into a wide asphalt road, called the "Route de Blancheville" and later the "Route de Rosay", which continues until the Church Square of Sallanches (m.544). Time: 2hr 30 min.

 

2. Before going on to Combloux pay a visit to the old bridge of Saint-Martin, over which the Waldensians crossed the Arve River after long negotiations. The present bridge, however, only dates from 1783. From the Market Square "Piace Grenette" first go down "Quai Alexandre Curral" and then "Avenue de Saint-Martin" (D19 > Passy). Keep straight on where the Avenue turns right, and there is a pedestrian subway under the motorway to the bridge. The round trip takes 30 min.

 

3. From the "Piace Grenette" climb out of Sallanches on the "Ancienne Route de Combloux", which later becomes the "Route le Medonnet" and finally the "Route du Pelloux". This leads to Com­bloux (m.1000). Here from the Church Square you will have a good view of Mont Blanc. Time: 1 hr 30 min.

4. The shortest route between Combloux and Megeve is to con­tinue on the same road, now called the "Route du Feu", but this has the disadvantage that the last kilometre into Megeve (m.1173) is on the very busy D212. Time: 1 hr 15 min.

More tiring, but more beautiful, is to climb from the Church Square up the "Route de la Cry-Cuchet" and then after a kilometre take the turning for Ormaret (m.1122), and from there to Megeve avoiding most of the D212. Time: 1 hr 30 min.

 

The Third Day: MEGEVE - > LA BALME

 

Description

1. Leave Megeve by the "Chemin du Maz", which begins behind the church after the bridge. This road is later unmetalled, and takes you through beautiful countryside to a wide road, the "Route du Mont d'Aubois". However, turn left on this "Route" for only 10 mts before turning right onto the "Route de la Cote 2000 (Plaine Joux, Altiport)". At the first bridge follow the asphalt road on the right for "le Chòn, Lanchettes, Pré Rosset", which you follow until the end, from where you take a wide track, which is sometimes marked ia red. After a climbing to a stream, which the path follows on the left and then crosses, you come to the "le Chon" ski-lift (not marked on our map), and you climb the ski slope. 100 mts before the ski-lift curves right there is a sign

"Pré-Rosset, Alpette", which marks the beginning of a path that leaves the ski slope and climbs right towards the bothy les Lan-chettes (m.1765), from where you follow a cart track to Pré Ros-set (m.1886). Time: 2 hr 30 min.

The "Carte des promenades" (scale 1:15,000), sold at the Of­fice du Tourisme at Megeve, covers the area until Col du Joly and the above route is the one marked F.

 

2. From Pré Rosset follow the sign "Col de Véry", which is first of ali a wide level track, which after 20 minutes crosses a brook, and you go on until a second stream, which is easily recognisable because it is formed by the confluence of two brooks 25 mts upstream. Here you leave the wide "Chalet de Véry" track, and turn off up the water course for 15 mts before turning right into an immediately recognisable path, which climbs across the fields above the Chalet de Véry up to la Croix de Pierre (m.1973) - in fact a wooden cross. Time: 50 min.

 

3. From la Croix de Pierre the path opens out into a cart track, which after following on the left, you take a narrow path to the right after 100 mts. This is marked first yellow and red and then just red as it is part of the "Tour du Beaufortain" (T.B.) and of the "Sentier du Pays du Mont-Blanc" (S.P.M.B.). Flanking the slopes of Beaufortain (with a beautiful view of Lac de la Girotte) and crossing many streams you finally arrive at Col du Joly (m.1989), where there is a bar-restaurant. Time: 2 hr 30 min.

 

4. From Col du Joly you follow a wider path, which is at first on the level, and heads off in south-easterly direction. After a few hundred metres there is a steep climb, and at the well marked fork turn right along the slope of the mountain until Col de la Fenetre (m.2245). This path is marked red and is the continuation of T.B. & S.P.M.B. Time: 1 hr 45 min.

 

5. From Col de la Fenetre you descend on a very steep path first for a short distance to the left, and then with a definite turn to the right and head south towards the Col du Bonhomme. Here you must be careful not to dislodge stones that are dan-gerous for those below and it is also therefore advisable to stay close together. This path is marked blue. During the summer of 1987 heavy snow made it difficult to make out the path. However, large rocks with reinforced concrete blocks, with "la Balme" painted in blue, on the valley side of the path indicate the way. Follow this path until you arrive at a wide unmetalled road, which you follow towards the right. After 200 mts on this you de­scend left on a new gravelled road and you come to the Chalet Réfuge "la Balme" (m.1706). Time: 1 hr 20 min.

Those wishing to continue on to the "Réfuge de la Croix du Bonhomme" (about 2 hr 30 min.) should keep straight on along the unmetalled road, which at Pian de Jovet joins the path for the Col du Bonhomme.

 

 

The Fourth Day: LA SALME -> SEEZ

 

Description

1. The path from la Salme (m.1706) to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (m.2443) is marked white/red, and until les Chapieux is part of the "Tour du Mont filane" and is very popular. Time: la Balme - Col de la Croix du Bonhomme: 2 hr 45 min.

 

2. The Refuge, which is open during the summer and has a winter bivouac, is a few minutes from the Col de la Croix du Bon­homme along the red/white marked path which goes down into the valley of Chapieux. At les Chapieux (m.1552) there are a "Gite d1etape" and a Refuge. Time: 2 hr 30 min.

 

3. From les Chapieux until Séez, apart from a short stretch on the track along the right bank of the Torrent des Glaciers, one is obliged to follow the D902, which may finally be left at the end of a wide bend on the valley side of the old tower of le Chàtelard. On the left, just before the first house, a yellow marked path makes a considerable short cut, which after crossing an unmetalled road comes to a hamlet where you turn left onto the main road for Séez (m.904). Time: 4 hr.

 

The Fifth Day: SEEZ -> VAL D'ISERE

 

The Sixth Day: VAL D'ISERE -> BESSANS

Description

1. From Val d'Isere (m.1850) until Villaron follow the path "Grande Randonnée n.5" (GR 5), marked white/red, which passes to the right of the historic centre of Val d'Isere and to the right of the le Laisinant camp site, after which the parth is signposted "Col Iseran", and is the old bridle way, which climbs steeply; often along ski runs. At the fork follow the sign "GR 5". Half way along, the path is interrupted by the asphalt road for the Iseran Pass, but 50 mts on the left you will refind the path signposted "Col de 1'Iseran". Now the path becomes less steep and is criss-crossed by ski lifts and twice the road until you reach the pass - the Col de 1'Iseran, which at m.2764 is the highest point of our journey and where is a bar-restaurant. Time: 3 hr.

2. From the Col de 1'Iseran the GR 5 descends into the Lenta Valley, starting from a cairn situated on a little plain left of the modern chapel. A bit before the Pont de la Neige the path merges with the asphalt road. Do not cross the bridge, however, but follow the sign "la Lenta, Bonneval". Here the path follows first the right and then the left bank of the Lenta, and then rejoins the asphalt road at Pied Montet. Here you cross the stone bridge, turn sharp right and follow the path along the left bank of the Lenta, which joins the asphalt road a little before another stone bridge over the Lenta. Take the asphalt road over the bridge, keep to the right of the Lenta, and head towards the Valley of the Are. Immediately after the first bend it is pos-sible to leave the road on a steep narrow path marked white/red (GR 5) which descends towards Tralenta in the Are Valley. Above Tralenta this path joins a wider one onto which you turn right, and which, after crossing a asphalt road, leads straight into the centre of Bonneval-sur-Arc (m.1850). Time: 3 hr 45 min.

3. At Bonneval-sur-Are the asphalt road passes in front of the church and comes to a little chapel, where you turn right onto a cart track, signposted "Villaron", which goes along the right bank of the Are until Villaron (m.1750), where climbing up into the village there is the "Gite d'étape". Time: 1 hr 30 min.

4. Beside the "Gite d'étape" at Villaron a path for Bessans begins which crosses over a field and then goes along the right bank of a stream until Bessans. This path is no longer the GR 5, but joins the GR 5 VT (VT means "variant") just before the vil-lage. Crossing over a wooden bridge, you enter the centre of Bes­sans (m.1750). Time: 45 min.

 

The Seventh Day: BESSANS -> COL DU MONT CENIS

Introduction

We left Bessans late, at about 8.45, it being our intention to go only as far as the Mount Cenis Pass, but with it being Bas-tille Day the little hotel on the pass was booked up, which forced us to lose precious time that day and the next as we had to spend the night at "Pian des Fontainettes" on the east bank of the large artificial lake. Groups wishing to stay at the hotel on the pass itself are advised to book before (Chez Victor, tei. 79059007, open from the beginning of July).

The ideai solution for groups would be to stay at the "Réfuge du Petit Mont Cenis", which should be completed by Ist July 1988. This refuge is an hour and a half from the Pass of Mount Cenis and about 20 minutes from the Pass of Little Mount Cenis (see the end of this part for further information). Time: from Villaron to the Réfuge du Petit Mont Cenis; 6 hr 30 min. This will shorten the long and tiring walk of the eightth day.

A third possibility for spending the night is after reaching the Mount Cenis Pass to go on to the Little Mount Cenis Pass and thence to the Clapier Pass until you arrive at the rifugio (refuge) Vaccarone (m.2743). Time: 10 hr. This has the advantage that it is possible to reach the Grange della Valle or Salber-trand on the following day following the "alternative route 3-4" described for the eighth day, which the other two possibilities above would not allow.

The Waldensians marched in one day from the Col de la Madeleine (between Bessans and Lanslevillard) until San Giacomo in the Clarea Valley, where there exists no possible overnight accommodation for groups.

Description

1. From Bessans (m.1750) continue on the previous day's path along the right bank of the Are where you follow the sign "Col de la Madeleine" along a white/red marked path (GR 5 VT) until you come to the D902, which you follow for a few hundred metres before coming to the white/red marked "GR 5" on your right hand side, which leads to the Col de la Madeleine (m.1742), where the Waldensians slept at the end of their sixth day. From here de-scend towards Lanslevillard along the narrow asphalt road which then rejoins the D902, which you leave immediately after the curve to take another asphalted lane on the right. This too joins the D902 a little lower, which you follow until the bridge over the Are at Lanslevillard (m.1480), which is the last possible shopping piace for that day and the next. Time: 2 hr.

 

2. At Lanslevillard cross over the Are by the road bridge towards "Mont Cenis, Turin". Then take a short cut by turning sharp right and then climb left up the steps beside the church thus avoiding some curves on the road to the Pass, which you then follow until it joins the trunk road N6, which you follow until the first bend, where you turn onto an unmetalled road signposted "Chemin du Petit Bonheur", which you follow for about 30 mts and cross a stream, from where you will see 20 mts up on the left the beginning of a ski lift "Teleski de la Ramasse". Follow the path under the ski lift, and at the fifth pylon you will see on your right, on the ski slope, the curve of the path "Chemin de la Ramasse", which climbs from Lanslebourg up to the Mount Cenis Pass, and which was probably followed, at least in part, by the Waldensians. Continue on this ancient bridleway, which curves for the most part up on the right of the ski lift; it is only for the last few hundred metres that the nature of this road is apparent and not ruined by the ski run. Here you join the N6, which ar-rives after less than a kilometre at the Mount Cenis Pass (m. 2081). Time: 2 hr.

 

The Eighth Day: COL DU MONT CENIS - SALBERTRAND

The Ninth Day: SALBERTRAND - > PRAGELATO

Introduction

We left Salbertrand at 9.30, stili very tired from the pre-vious day's exertions, and we did not follow the Waldensians route, which probably passed, via Monfol, to the west of Mount Genevris and thence to the Costa Piana Pass. Instead we chose to take the GTA from Salbertrand, which via Montagne Seu ascends to the Assietta Pass. This avoids long stretches of unmetalled roads and the ski slopes of Sauze d'Oulx. Before the Assietta Pass we turned right onto a military road with beautiful views, which runs along the crest until the Costa Piana Pass.

A terrifying thunderstorm hit us on the pass. Once caught in a thunderstorm there is little to do. They can in some measure be avoided by leaving very early in the morning as thunderstorms usually occur in the afternoon. During thunderstorms it is dan-gerous to wear anything metal or to be near metal steps or crosses. Never take cover under trees or rocky ledges, but only in shepherd's huts. Groups finding themselves on passes or moun-tain tops during a thunderstorm should descend as quickly as pos-sible avoiding panie and keeping distance between each other.

From the Costa Piana Pass we descended via the hamlets of Rif and Allevé into the Valley of Pragelato. The Waldensians ar-rived here 300 years ago at Traverses, but we went straight to Pragelato-Grangie, where we were going to sleep, arriving at 18.15.

Description

1. From the beautiful church at Salbertrand (m.1032) cross the SS24, and go along the "Viale della Stazione" until the first turning on the right, which leads to the bridges over the railway and the River Dora Riparia. After this road bridges the GTA, marked white/red, begins. The road now passes under the new motorway and on the right you will see the fields of Chenevieres, where the Waldensians fought the French. Leave the road where the GTA climbs to the left up a very steep bridle way towards Mon­tagne Seu (m.1770). Time: 2 hr 30 min.

Accordir-g to some sources the Waldensians climbed up here after the battle. However this seems improbable since then they would have made for the Blégier Pass, the Lauson Pass or the As­sietta Pass, and not for the Costa Piana Pass.

 

2. From Montagne Seu follow the GTA, which high up on the fields seems to be making straight for the Lauson Pass, but then suddenly turns sharp left. About 300 mts after this curve, turn right onto a path (No. 522 but unmarked), which climbs diagonally towards the colle (pass) Lauson (m.2497). Time: 2 hr 30 min.

 

3. At the colle Lauson take the unmetalled road on the right, which follows the crest along until the Blégier Pass from where it traverses the slopes of Mount Genevris to reach the colle (pass) di Costa Piana (m.2313) with a few ups and downs. This road, which is driveable, is known as the Assietta Road, and passes along the watersheds of the Chisone and Susa Valleys. Time: 1 hr 30 min.

 

A. From the colle di Costa Piana, at the crossroads of the unmetalled road, a clearly visible red marked path (No. 326) starts. At first this descends along the left bank of the upper course of the Rio Pomerol. Where a tributary runs into the Rio, the path divides, and you descend right rather than going straight on. Cross the tributary, and then shortly afterwards cross also the Rio Pomerol and stay on the right bank. At first the path keeps straight and slowly leaves the torrent. Having ar-rived at about 50 mts above the Rio Pomerol, the 326 turns downwards at a turning which is difficult to make out where there is a sign on a tree on the left. As you descend you cross another path and again join the banks of the Rio Pomerol. (Don't worry if you miss the turning as you will stili arrive above Rif). After 100 mts the same process of leaving and rejoining the Rio repeats itself; this time with a red mark on a rock on the right. The 326 then comes to the disinhabited hamlet of Rif (m.1820). Time: 1 hr 15 min.

From Rif you can, by following the red marks, reach Pragelato-Soucheres Hautes (m.1530) in about half an hour.

 

5. Before the first house of Rif, which has a sundial, a clearly white marked path climbs, which after 15 minutes comes upon a cart track that leads to the left to the picturesque vil-lage of Allevé (m.1828). Time: 30 min.

From Allevé you can follow the overgrown path No. 325 to ar­rive at Pragelato-Grangie (m.1561) in half an hour.

 

6. From Allevé descend the unmetalled road that after 1 km joins a narrow asphalted lane coming from Villardamond. Follow this down leftwards until the SS23 near Traverses (m.1603). Time: 30 min.

There being nowhere to sleep at Traverses you have a 2 km walk to Grangie for a bed. It is best to cross the Chisone River at Traverse, and follow the right bank until the two bridges for Grangie. Those with tents are advised to make for the camp site 1 km distant at Pattemouche in the Valley of Troncea.

 

Tenth Day: PRAGELATO - > GHIGO

 

Description

1. Leave Pragelato at Grangie (m.1561) and follow the "Via Colle del Piz", that crosses the Chisone River. The red marked path No. 317 begins here and climbs at first up a ski slope. After crossing the ski lift twice, you arrive at the half way ski lift station. The path reappears above this station, and you soon come to a fork where you take the higher red marked path, which runs along the right bank of the Mendie Torrent. When, in the wood, the path reaches the stream itself you must keep to the right bank and not cross it. The path continues up through the fields until you can make out the colle (pass) del Pis up on your left. Only here do you cross the Torrent and climb steeply up to the colle del Pis (m.2613). Time: 3 hr.

2. A red marked path (No. 216) descends from the colle del Pis into the basin of the stream of the same name. Having arrived on the plain, turn right at the fork. A little further to the south the path joins the GTA, and the descent to Balsiglia is long, sometimes steep, but is not difficult and is well marked. Particularly spectacular is the 200 mt high waterfall of the Pis, on the plain below which you can make out the ruined village of Ortiare, where the Waldensians spent the night. After passing Clot del Mian, you are suddenly caught by surprise by the pic-turesque village of Balsiglia (m.1370). Time: 2 hr 45 min.

3. From Balsiglia descend by the unmetalled road, which is later asphalted, for about 2 kms, and at the fork head for Campo la Salza and Didiero (m.1210), the main village of the Valley of Salza. Time: 1 hr 30 min.

4. After Didiero cross the bridge over the Germanasca Tor­rent, and turn left onto an unmetalled road that leads via the Fontane Pass to the village of Fontane. Do not take the first turning to the right towards Meinier, but take the second on the right, which climbs up to join the GTA marked red and sometimes blue. At first the GTA cuts across a bend of the unmetalled road, which you then rejoin, turn right and follow it for 50 mts. A little before an abandoned house a bridle way (GTA) begins on the right, which then crosses the unmetalled road 5 times before at the 6th crossing you turn left onto the unmetalled road, and after about 100 mts you come to the colletto delle Fontane (m. 1572) with its beautiful view. Time: 1 hr.

5. At colletto delle Fontane descend from the tourist area "Area turistica attrezzata" along an arrow marked path, which cuts across a bend of the unmetalled road for Fontane. From Fon­tane an asphalt road descends the Germanasca Valley via Gardiola (m.1332). Once on the main road at the bottom of the valley there is no alternative but to follow to the right of it until Villa di Frali, where, after passing through the centre of Villa, you fol­low the path along the left bank of the Germanasca until Ghigo di Frali (m.1455). Here you can eat and sleep at the Posto tappa (staging post) of the GTA (see list at the end of this part). Time: 2 hr 30 min.

 

The Eleventh Day: GHIGO - > BOBBIO PELLICE

 

Description

1. From Ghigo di Frali (m.1455) follow the asphalt road from the bridge for "Ribba". Ignore the 2 roads going off on the right, and turn left at the fork onto the unmetalled road - No. 207 + GTA - which is marked white/red and red. At the next fork keep straight on and after 200 mts you reach le Miande Selle, and then a little after, a bridge, after which a red marked bridleway heads up through the woods, which you follow until colle Giulian (m.2451). Time: 3 hr.

 

2. From colle Giulian descend on the path marked "Villanova" until the "bergerie" - shepherds1 huts - of Giulian where you leave the GTA for Villanova and descend southwards to the right along the path No. 125, marked irregularly in red, which runs parallel below the GTA, and which begins below the "bergerie", at a rock with "Podio" written on it in white, and which you follow along the eastern slopes of the Giulian Valley until the foot of a large rock called Aguglietta (m.1723). In fog it is difficult to follow this path. Time: 1 hr 30 min.

 

3. From Aguglietta the path crosses a wooden bridge and then divides. Take the unmarked left hand path, which does not de-scend but skirts the slopes of Mount Gran Guglia. Even if it is not marked this path is easy to follow. It later becomes a wide bridle way that leads to the abandoned villages of Prapic, Giaus-sarant d'Amont and Cruel, after which you join a path, clearly marked in yellow, which offers two possibilities

a. Descend a little and then turning left this yellow marked path leads to Podio, from which you descend on the asphalt road until you come to a yellow sign for Sibaud. After the monu-ment follow the bridleway, cross an unmetalled road and then pass in front of the Waldensian church of Bobbio Pellice (m.743). Time: 2 hr.

b. Climb up the yellow marked path and you arrive at a plain above Bobbio. Bere you cross the hamlet of Serre Cruel (m.1325) and then descend via Sarsena, from where the path descends until it reaches an unmetalled road above Bobbio, which you follow right for about 150 mts until a bridle way, clearly marked in yellow, begins on your right. Here you follow the indications for "Sibaud". After the monument keep straight on and you immediately come to the asphalt road that descends left towards Bobbio Pel­lice (m.734). Time: 3 hr.