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Irrigation Channel Paths

Irrigation Channel Paths in and around Silandro and Lasa

Hiking Trails Along Ancient Irrigation Channels

Waalwege is the local name for the typical regional paths accompanying the old irrigation channels at the foot of the mountains. Waalwege are in fact among South Tyrol's most popular hiking trails.

The irrigation channels were built centuries ago to ensure the irrigation of the dry fields and to forestall periods of drought. The channels extend for many kilometers across the landscape and bring the water from the glacier-rivers down into the valley. Like the ancient aqueducts, they are only permitted a minimum incline, ensuring that the gradient of the hiking trails relatively even. The "Waalschelle", a bell attached to a small water wheel, indicated audibly to the Waaler from afar, whether the water is flowing. Solitary Waalschellen are still in operation here and there.

Irrigation Channel Trails around Silandro
The popular irrigation channel trails of Silandro are the Ilswaal, Zaalwal, and Neuwaal. The Ilswaal of Corzes/Kortsch leads past the church of St. Ägidius, the gorge of the Schlandraunbach River and from there up to Schlandersberg Castle. The Zaalwaal leads to Aliz/Allitz and the Neuwaal into the Schlandraun Valley up to a beautiful mountain pasture hike.
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Welcome in Silandro-Lasa
Hike along ancient irrigation channels at the Monte Sole, in the Stilfser Joch National Park or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.
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