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MTB route Santa Maria in Calanca

· 1 review · Mountainbiking · Moesa
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  • Chiesa e Torre di Sta Maria i.C. (val Calanca, GR)
    / Chiesa e Torre di Sta Maria i.C. (val Calanca, GR)
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
  • / Asini sul percorso
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
  • / Sentiero
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
  • / Santa Maria
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
  • / Bolada
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
  • / Verdabbio - el Sass da l'Orch
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
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    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
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    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
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    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
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Difficult tour, due to its varied nature. A real treat would be to cover the length in its entirety, passing through each individual village. Some tips: the famous ‘grotti’ and the biotopes, true nature reserves.
moderate
Distance 17 km
2:36 h
697 m
697 m
From the former railway station, the pathway takes you through the village of Grono where the terrain begins its climb, passing by Nadro and arriving at Casteneda, the sunlit terrace of the Calanca Valley. Here you are welcomed by a stupendous view of the surrounding terrain, whether looking down valley or upwards. Sometimes you can see paragliders departing from Santa Maria in Calanca to discover the two valleys of Mesolcina and Calanca. Santa Maria is worth a brief stop. Not to miss are the following: a visit to the church of Santa Maria Assunta with its beautiful internal decorations and a hike to the tower, a few steps away, from the top of which one feels like being on top of the world.

Reinvigorated after the difficult climb, you now descend to the grotti of Cama, passing through the beautiful scenery of Verdabbio. The grotti are ancient cellars which today have become de facto rendez-vous of local gastronomy. Not to be missed is a taste of the flavorful prosciutto of the Mesolcina Region, quenching your thirst with the “mez e mez”, a mixture of soda pop and local wine served in a ‘tazzino’, the typical cup of the grotti.  

An itinerary certainly capable of delighting your spirits, enriching your view and stimulating your palate.

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Christian Vigne
Update: March 18, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
965 m
Lowest point
312 m
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Start

old train station of Grono (777 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'732'787E 1'126'446N
DD
46.276314, 9.161435
DMS
46°16'34.7"N 9°09'41.2"E
UTM
32T 512437 5124761
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Destination

old train station of Grono

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Bus from Bellinzona in direction San Bernardino

Getting there

Highway from Bellinzona in direction San Bernardino

Parking

Car park in San Bernardino along the river Moesa - free

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'732'787E 1'126'446N
DD
46.276314, 9.161435
DMS
46°16'34.7"N 9°09'41.2"E
UTM
32T 512437 5124761
w3w 
///riverside.mergers.jacket
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Roger Diener
August 01, 2019 · Community
Auf alten Pfaden durch den Wald
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Hoch über dem Tal
Photo: Roger Diener, Community
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Auf alten Pfaden durch den Wald
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17 km
Duration
2:36 h
Ascent
697 m
Descent
697 m

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