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
, 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.