The idyllic hiking paths along the ancient irrigation channel paths are a popular attraction of the Venosta Valley. Their route runs along narrow water canals used centuries ago by farmers to irrigate their fields.

The Venosta Valley has a dry climate and low rainfall. In the past, irrigation canals known as "Waale" conducted the water from the glaciers to the valley. The current irrigation channel paths were originally made to enable the guardians of the canals to control the regular flow of water.

Throughout Venosta Valley there are about twenty of these popular hiking paths. They extend on both sides of the valley, on Monte Sole and Tramontana mountain, and are passable year-round and offer stunning panoramic views of the majestic mountains and the valley.

The paths of the canals in South Tyrol are the preferred routes for families, those looking for excursions which are not too demanding, and all who want to enjoy the amazing vegetation and wildlife of the Venosta Valley in complete relaxation.

With the aim of rightfully acknowledging this time-honored irrigation technique, South Tyrol has persistently pursued the prestigious status of intangible cultural heritage. The traditional irrigation method practiced in the Upper Venosta Valley has finally achieved inclusion in the esteemed UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.