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A round walk in idyllic mountain scenery – perfect for nature lovers and anyone keen to know more about the Ticino's traditions.
Distance 8.8 km
Highest point1,801 m
Lowest point1,357 m
Starting at the characteristic village of Cimalmotto, walk a few minutes on an asphalted road to reach the start of this tour. You negotiate a short climb before descending slightly to the Piano della Stufa. You then climb to the Alpe Magnello, an elevation gain of no fewer than 400 metres.
The variety of the scenery helps you forget the stresses and strains, and before you know it you've reached the top. The Alpe Magnello lies at alt. 1808 m. It borders on Italy and is one of the few alps in the Valle di Campo that is still actively farmed. It’s a place of lived traditions: during the summer months, you can watch cheese being made and purchase fresh products.
The return leg takes you across the Ri di Magnello, then down to Fontanella and back to the starting point, Cimalmotto. Make a note of the bus times in advance.
Useful tips from the Swiss Hiking Federation on planning hiking routes, equipment, correct conduct while hiking and in an emergency - Sicher unterwegs (in german, french or italian)
Cimalmotto (1,380 m)
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From Locarno railway station: bus 315 towards Cavergno, Paese. Alight at Cevio, Centro and change to 331 to Bosco Gurin, Paese (2 min walk to change the bus stop). Alight at Cerentino and takte bus no. 332 to Cimalmotto.
Return from Cimalmotto: Bus 332 to Cerentino, Paese. Bus 331 to Cevio, Posta. 2 min walk to the bus stop Cevio, Centro. Take the bus 315 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station. Further information:
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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