All-season waymarked (red-and-white) footpath through Avegno and the dense forests of Ponte Brolla.
Distance 8.6 km
Highest point343 m
Lowest point252 m
From Avegno, a village awarded the Wakker Prize in 1982 for its traditional character, a well signposted (red-and-white) footpath heads towards Ponte Brolla. Above the village, the path climbs steadily through the woods to Bivio Monteggia: here, the descent begins on a well-prepared path to the main road, where you cross the old railway bridge.
It's worth pausing on the bridge to admire the gorges of Ponte Brolla, shaped and polished by the water. When you reach the other side, pass the grotti and head back into the forest. The trees provide welcome shade in the summer and make the ascent of the stone steps that much more pleasant.
The path follows the river Maggia for some of the time – again in summer, you might like to take in dip in the water. At Avegno cross the footbridge and return to the village.
From Locarno railway station: bus 315 towards Cavergno, Paese. Alight at Avegno, Paese. Return from Avegno, Paese: Take the bus 315 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station. Further information: www.sbb.ch
32T 480177 5116936
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
Comfortable and sturdy footwear
Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers