|Many beautiful areas
can be found in and around wherever you live, it is just a question of keeping the eyes
open -- being aware of beauty.
On this page I would like to give you a few thoughts for you to take with
you on your next walk.
As we love to be close to nature
during our walks we must remember to protect our environment as it is irreplaceable. There
will be others who follow in our wake who also like to enjoy the open air without having
to put up rubbish left by predecessors.
To enjoy a ramble from beginning to
end we must be correctly dressed for the elements in comfortable weatherproof clothes and
Make sure that you know your own
limits when rambling in a mountain area, as many an over enthusiastic walker has had to
rely on the mountain patrol for help.
Walking in the
Upper Regions of Locarno (Tessin)
From the railway station at Locarno we turn right, walk upwards towards
the Via Sempione. Then we bear slightly to the left up the mountainside to the Via Prof.
Mariani. This way takes us on the path parellel to the road, we follow this for about 100m
where on the right is the start of the Vicolo del Lupo. Now we climb the steps to the
church of Orselina. Over the Via Patocchi we arrive at the Via Eco which ascends in a
westerly direction, at the end of which is the winding ancient path to the Maiensass San
Bernardo. From this point we have a fantastic view over the Maggia delta.
The sign-post directs to a fork in
the middle of the forest. From here we choose the path leading off to the right towards
the chapel of San Bernardo. Over a wide buttress the path takes us up to the
Maiennsass Cortaccio. We cross the wooded river bed of the Ramogna and walk westward over
the grassland of Morsello. From here a pathway goes up to Cardada, and it is from this
point that we have to decide whether to walk over to Alpe Cardada, which is in the
vicinity or to climb further to 1671m to Cimetta.
Enjoy the beautiful view and fresh air of
the chestnut forests above Locarno
Rambling in Alptal near Einsiedeln (canton Schwyz)
At the end of the valley in Brunni we start a walk which takes us through
an outstanding area of natural beauty.
We walk in Brunni to the cable car
straight on and further following the sign in the direction of Holzegg. We have to climb
for about one hour before reaching Holzegg. For those who wish for a less steep climb yet
a longer way there is a possibility of turning right half way along the path in the
direction Zwischen Mythen. In either case both paths lead to Holzegg where you will have a
fantastic view over the Vierwaldstatter See. It is worth the climb!
From Holzegg there are at least ten
different new ways you can take. For the dedicated rambler the path to Grossen Mythen is a
possibility. But for those who prefer a gentler way, you can strike out in the direction
Ibergeregg. This is a simple walk which offers panoramic views and many suitable picnic
Our advice to you, dear walkers, is
to take the path to Holzegg where you can follow one of the many signposts and enjoy one
of the many other walkways in this district.