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Tuscany Mountain Walks

Torrente Bagnone In The Apennines 

(Anybody choosing to follow this walk does so at their own risk and is entirely responsible for their own safety)

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One-Way Journey Time

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13 miles + 3 miles to leave shuttle car at Car Park 2
0:32 hours + 8 mins shuttling cars at start & finish

Tuscany North Book
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Map details

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Carta del Sentieri e Rifugio No. 14/16

Recommended Route Description

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Overview
The Recommended Route is is a point to point walk and therefore requires the use of at least two cars (or an extension of 2 miles along the road). The route starts just above the village of Compione where a barrier prevents further progress  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  and the road becomes merely a wide dirt track - Car Park 1.

The walk finishes at a road bridge where the road from Treschietto to Compione crosses the Torrente Bagnone - Car Park 2. One car should be parked at the finish at Car Park 2 en route to the start at Car Park 1. This allows the driver of the car(s) left at Car Park 1 to be driven back for their car(s) at the end of the walk. (JW notes that  the key for the car left at Car Park 2 should be carried on the walk).

In summary, the route ascends using a dirt road to a point high on the west side of the main Apennine ridge, and then descends steeply to the northwest to reach a tributary of Torrente Bagnone. It then follows the Torrente Bagnone south-southwest to finish at the road bridge at Car Park 2.

Detail
This route makes a very gradual ascent  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  towards the upper reaches of the main Apennine ridge  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  by following a dirt road, originally constructed to serve the now unoccupied hamlet of Cap ne di Campione.

Although the lower reaches of the mountainside are very steep the track uses a series of hairpin bends  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  and ascending traverses to ensure a steady and easy gradient. This makes for easy walking  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  and creates lots of opportunities to study the ever expanding views of the lush and heavily treed valleys below Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
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The hairpin bends cease after about 3 miles, allowing the track to sustain its easy gradient on a fairly straight northwards course towards the main Apennine ridge, which looms large ahead  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos . The route traverses along the west side of Cima La Barca and Monte D. Maria and even descends a little before climbing again and then turning to the right to start the final 800m easterly traverse to the hamlet of  Cap ne di Campione.

There are a number of options to extend the walk through the hamlet and onto the Apennine ridge. The upper reaches of path 116 climb steeply onto the ridge, as well as providing access to path 114, which also climbs to the main ridge further to the southeast.

The Recommended Route does not complete the journey to the hamlet, but turns off left onto path 116 which is clearly signposted on the right-hand bend mentioned above Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos. This point is approximately 5 miles from the start of the walk. There are beautiful views back down the Torrente Bagnone valley  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  and a variety of rock slabs on the right hand side, making it an ideal spot for lunch Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  .

Crossing the road again to path 116  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos reveals a short flat section of path with a precipitous drop to the valley floor and the Torrente Bagnone Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos . The views from here are magnificent Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos. However, the  path descends gradually Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos north westwards through mature woods Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos to the the valley basin. This descent, via a series of zig-zags Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos, crosses a number of small tributary streams on its way Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos .

After crossing a larger tributary stream, the path gradually swings westwards and then southwest, before reaching a confluence with another stream coming in from the north. This is approximately 6.3 miles from the start of the walk.

The merged streams become the Torrente Bagnone, a more substantial mountain stream Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos, which descends south-southwest ,all the way to the finish of the route. The path follows the right bank of the Torrente Bagnone Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos which gurgles and cascades over rocks and boulders as it forges its path through wonderfully varied woodlands.

On a warm sunny day it is impossible to resist a skinny-dipping session Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos in one of the sun-dappled plunge pools which appear beneath the many small waterfalls Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos .

At the seven mile mark the path widens to become a dirt track, serving some derelict riverside buildings, and half a mile later, it emerges onto the road. Car Park 2 is a further 200m across the bridge to the left.

However, a very pleasant variation to the route involves turning to the right and walking an extra 400m down the road to a welcoming roadside bar in the village of Iera Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos .


Map Showing Possible Routes (Click Map below for Larger Version
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Statistic Recommended Route Variation 1 Variation 2
Walk Style Point-to-Point n/a n/a

Height Profile
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Walk Description

As Above

Walk Start Above the village of Campione

Paths Used

Dirt Track and 116
Walk Grade T
Scramble/VF Dist (metres) n/a
Scramble/VFGrade n/a
Maximum Height (metres) 1400
Flat Speed (mph) 2.0
Walk Distance (miles) 7.7
Walk Ascent (metres) 660
Walk Time 5:00
Rest Recommendation Lunch
Rest Time 1:30
Total Hill Time 6:30
Total Trip Time (Villa to Villa) 7:50
Leave Papavero @ 09:00
Return to Papavero @ 16:50

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