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Itineraries and activities

Flat countryside, however beautiful it may be, never was in my eyes. I need fast streams, rocks wild pines, dark woods, mountains, strenuous steep paths to walk, difficult to climb up and go down, with precipices all around which instil me with much fear.
Jean Jacques Rosseau


-Forte di Bard completely restored and seat of the Museo della Montagna.

-The town of Arnad: the Romanesque Church of St. Martino, one of the oldest churches in Val d’Aosta; the Sanctuary of Machaby, situated along the splendid mule track which leads to the fort, which dates back to the fourteenth century and was entirely rebuilt in 1687, the Roman bridge of Echallod, the casaforte and tower of Ville, the ruins of the upper castle, Castel Valleise with finely decorated rooms, trompe-d’oil of fake stucco.

-Castles of Verres, Issogne, Fenis

-Valle di Champorcher, Val d’Ayas, Valle del Lys

-Mont Avic Park


Fine walking among woods of sweet chestnut, beech, larch and birch.

Leaving from “Forte di Machaby”.
You walk on an easy military road, which leads to the remains of the “Batteria Machaby”(843m.) On the way you meet renovated farmhouses and after a few turnings the T-junction for Pilone Lomasti.
Passing by this detour you continue to climb up in the wood arriving at the little village of La Cou (1374m). From here turning to the right a small path reaches the Tete de Cou (1410m). From here the panorama extends from the high Canavese to the lower valley, from Bard Fort to the distant Grand Combin.

Follow the tete de Cou itinerary up to the village of La Cou.
After arriving at La Cou you carry on left towards the Col de Fenetre and from the Col you go down for about 50 metres until you meet the sign La Corma (1958). The path continues with a few wooden steps until you reach the top.

After parking the car in the small car park at Vacheres, you climb up on the tarmac to find a sign which says no thoroughfare. Still along the carriageway until entering an old mule track on the right just beyond a left turning (wooden stake). You go up into the chestnut wood, cross the road in order to come out at an altitude of 1005m. again (up to this point follow the signs for Echallogne). Here you follow the carriageway to the right and having reached a turning, go straight on. The tarmac gives way to a dirt track, which passes in the neighbourhood of Revire (crumbling houses and a naïve sundial) and carries on as far as Chiuvaz. Here you get back on the mule track on the right, which is steep and goes to Meriou (1h10; photo). You go past the old village schoolhouse (peeping through the broken windows you can see a classroom with blue benches and a blackboard) and you climb up as far as Arsines (1344m). You go through the village and just above, at 1360m above sea level, you come to a fork where you keep left in the conifer wood. With a steep gradient you reach Pelluas (1543m; 2h). Turning back to the fork, you walk right going gently down until you reach a deep gorge. You ford the stream and climb out on the other bank. Then you continue almost on the flat, through old terraces. A short detour leads you to Les Barmes (1415m; 2h45) where you may note a rascard in a panoramic position and an oven built under a natural shelter, unique in its kind. Returning to the main mule track you continue to go down soon reaching the houses at Echallogne (1331m). It is worth noting the walls with rounded edges so as to facilitate loads carried on shoulders passing by; a short detour takes you to the chapel of St. Anna. You then come out onto a dirt track, which you take to go down. After a few turns you come out once more onto the right onto the mule track which carries on over the carriageway some turns until the fork at an altitude of 1005m. From here you get back to the car along the same way you came.

Follow the Vachere-Pelluas-les Barme-Echallogne-Vacheres itinerary up to Pelluas.
At Pelluas follow the path 3c, which at Plan Dzen (1933) becames 4° up to the top.

You start from Arnad Town Hall and follow the mule track, now completely restored, for Avieil. You come to a path between the chestnuts right at the top of the hamlet. You follow this path until the mountain huts of Fornelle. Then you follow a small carriageway up to Col Vert.
At the top you go right and carry on following the carriageway – in some parts tarmac – until Alpe Seura. You go past the alp and follow a path which first of all cuts across the slope, but then winds to the right, with some wiggles, and reaches up to the crest.

Once you have got to the crest, the path after a while seems to lose itself amongst the wild broom, but then you can manage to find it easily enough. The path alternates both to the north and to the south of the crest and in some places it is quite steep. Having reached the mountain pasture of Champoussin, the crest widens and, following the tracks of the path, you get to the top. You can return by going down the way you came up.
It is advisable to take this itinerary at the beginning of autumn with the ground still free of snow and in temperatures cooler than the summer ones. In fact, on one side, the path can remain covered in snow on the slopes north of the crest until June and beyond and, on the other hand, starting from a very low altitude like that of Arnad in summer, can cause discomfort due to the high temperatures.

Forte di Machaby di Barbera Rita - Frazione Machaby 1 - 11020 ARNAD (AO) -
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