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Irrigation Channel Paths

The Waalwege Hiking Trails in Prato allo Stelvio

Walking along the Ancient Irrigation Channels in the Ortles Region

The irrigation channel paths are popular hiking trails in Venosta Valley which run along the mountains without significant slopes. The paths run parallel to narrow, winding waterways, which were once used to irrigate the local fields. Without these irrigation channels there would have been regular droughts due the Venosta Valley's dry climate.

Today the irrigation channel paths in Venosta Valley can be walked throughout the year, and offer a great view of the majestic surrounding mountain range and valley. The paths are popular hiking trails for families, moderate hikers and everyone who wishes to enjoy the unique flora and fauna in the entire valley.

There used to be 300 irrigation channels in the Upper Venosta Valley but today, only a dozen of these are still accessible, including the Leitenwaal, Bergwaal or Mitterwaal. The trails offer great views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

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Note:
The narrow paths are not suitable for cyclists.
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Hike in the Stelvio National Park, bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta and ski with panoramic view on the Ortles. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.