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Valle del Sarca bike Path

Long distance cycling · Garda Trentino
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  • Pista Ciclabile Valle dei Laghi
    / Pista Ciclabile Valle dei Laghi
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  • Pista Ciclabile Valle dei Laghi
    / Pista Ciclabile Valle dei Laghi
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  • / Pista Ciclabile Valle dei Laghi
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  • / Pista Ciclabile Valle dei Laghi
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  • / Pista Ciclabile Valle dei Laghi
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  • / Pista Ciclabile Valle dei Laghi
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The Valle dei Laghi walking and cycling path starts from the shores of Lake Garda, near the delta of the Sarca river.
moderate
Distance 39 km
3:15 h
572 m
219 m
501 m
64 m
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Update: June 14, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
501 m
Lowest point
64 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Start

Riva del Garda (64 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.873810, 10.868242
DMS
45°52'25.7"N 10°52'05.7"E
UTM
32T 644990 5081724
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Destination

Terlago

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail is divided into two sections, the first goes from Torbole to Dro, and is 11 Km long, while the second goes from Pietramurata to Sarche, and is 4 Km long. The route - which is well-marked - runs along the right hand side bank of the Sarca river.

The track is paved and has no particularly challenging climbs or hills. Thanks to the influence of Lake Garda, which softens the climate, the track is enjoyable for many months throughout the year.

Among the many points of interest along the route, it is definitely worth visiting the beautiful city of Arco. Its position is scenic: it is, in fact, located at the feet of the Rupe (cliff), where you can find the ruins of the castle of the same name. There are many other elegant examples of architecture around, such as the former Villa Arciducale, with its park, home to the prestigious Arboretum.

After about 4 Km you reach the town of Ceniga (it is worth visiting the recently restored Roman bridge over the Sarca river). The route now follows the municipal road with mixed traffic, which leads from Ceniga to Dro, a small village surrounded by vineyards and fruit orchards.

In the northern outskirts of Dro, you take the protected cycling/walking path for about 850 m, to reach the municipal road that leads to the former hydroelectric plant in Fies (13.3 Km), where the Drodesera avant-garde shows are held in summer.

You then continue along quiet country roads, until you reach the small hamlet of Pietramurata, where you enter the Sarca alluvial plain, densely cultivated with vineyards and renowned for its “Vino Santo”: vineyards and fruit orchards alternate until you reach the town of Sarche, where the protected cycling path ends.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

Lake Garda can be reached from the south and from the north along National road 12 del Brennero or motorway A22 (exit Rovereto Sud/Lago di Garda Nord, distance from the toll gate 15 Km), and continuing along National road SS 240. Coming from Trento, an alternative to the motorway could be National road SS 45/bis. Coming from the south of Lake Garda, you can take road SS 249.

Coordinates

DD
45.873810, 10.868242
DMS
45°52'25.7"N 10°52'05.7"E
UTM
32T 644990 5081724
w3w 
///stolen.necked.inland
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
39 km
Duration
3:15 h
Ascent
572 m
Descent
219 m
Highest point
501 m
Lowest point
64 m
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