Switzerland 2014 – Valais – Brig, St Luc, Becs de Bosson and Crans Montana.
Switzerland once again calls, this time we choose to explore some lesser knows areas with Martin Buetler of Alpine-Trails. As a local rider he knows where to ride, when and the best way to hook up the WanderWegs.
We arrive on a Monday afternoon and are efficiently transported via SBB from Zurich Airport to Brig where we meet Martin of Alpine Trails and check into the Hotel Victoria. This hotel is right across from the train station which makes if very convenient if not noisy at night. With the windows closed it was amazingly quiet, I do say our rooms were warm for our Canadian Blood.
We start our trip by getting off the train at Brig and unpacking to head up to Simplon Pass. Simplon was an old smugglers trail from Brig to Italy. The Post Auto bus takes you from Brig at 670m to Simplon Pass 2005m. We then climb to Bischtinupass another 350m or so. Then we ride S along the Nanztal valley towards the view of the Senggchuppa glacial moraine then back along multi-hundred year irrigation ditches/Suone/bisse and down to Brig.
Our first ride was off Simplon Pass along a Suone trail and back to Brig.
Postbus to Simplon Pass
Climbing up from Simplon Pass
Descending from Bischtinu Pass
Riding around the Valley
There is a trail along the Suone on the other side of the valley
Another Senggchuppa view
Well signed wanderweg
Trail along the Suone with some exposure
One techy section with a bit of left over snow
The Suone which was built for the town water supply centuries ago which is maintained also for the trail and tourism purposes now.
From here we opt for the shorter ride back to Brig
Forest trail back to Brig
Hotel Victoria and our rooms. We had the half board which included food which was very good and varie (ignore olderTripAdvisor Reviews which are now obsolete)
33km, 6hrs, 790m climbing, 2090m
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