Town of Cavaglio - Spoccia
Nordic Walking and Nordic Trekking
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To reach the starting point, take the A26 motorway towards Gravellona Toce, leaving at the exit for Verbania. Follow the signs for Verbania/Locarno (Switzerland). After the town of Intra, a hamlet of Verbania, continue on the SS34 highway to Cannobio.
Take the Val Cannobina SP75 provincial road and follow the signs for Cavaglio Spoccia.
Description of the itinerary
From Cavaglio car park (501 m) proceed to Via Madonna and go straight on to the GTA path (see map), which continues on level ground through meadows and chestnut woods until just beyond the farms of Drignago, where the wide mule track to Gurrone divides up (gradient 192, 40 min). From Gurrone we recommend taking the Consorzio CABO consortium road (marked in blue on the map) up to the pasture of Olzeno (1,060 m), considered by many to be one of the most beautiful, medium-altitude pastures in the Cannobina Valley.
The section of asphalt road is a slope of medium difficulty with a gradient of about 370 metres (60 min). From Olzeno the road becomes a dirt road and leads, passing under some old beech trees, to the pleasant pasture of Le Biuse di Sopra (1,274 m). Le Biuse offers stunning views over Limidario (2,189 m) and Rocce del Gridone (2,155 m), where an eagle can often be spotted majestically circling the area. To the east and south, the view encompasses the severe Percadugine, Mount Faierone and, below, the Lombard town of Maccagno and the blue of Lake Maggiore. The mule track continues to the hamlet of Tre Confini (1,334 m, 10 min). From Tre Confini the path continues on the Spoccia side, then descends to a pasture named Bronte, which offers a magnificent view of Zeda (2,150 m) and the Cannobina Valley.
The path then becomes steep, descending to the hamlet of Spoccia (536 m, 90 min). From Spoccia, where you can stay overnight, go down the asphalt road to the bottom of the valley until you reach the old “strada Borromea” road. From here you can continue the circuit by proceeding to Orasso (30 min, possibility to eat and stay overnight), or return to Gurrone (90 min) on fairly flat roads. The Borromea road offers attractive landscapes, winding through large chestnut and oak forests, where you can encounter deer, chamois and roe deer.
Museo Etnografico di Gurro e della Valle Cannobina (Ethnographic Museum of Gurro and the Cannobina Valley): P.zza della Repubblica 7 - 28828 Gurro
Gurro town council Tel. 0323 76100 - www.comune.gurro.vb.it
Tourist Office of Cannobio: Via A. Giovanola 25 - 28822 Cannobio
Tel. 0323 71212 -