Excursions in the hinterland of Loano, the path of the high lands
If you stay at the hotel and residence Ai Pozzi Village in Loano you there is plenty of choice as regards the places to visit both on the coast and inland. If you love outdoor sports like trekking don’t miss the updates on this blog, where we periodically give suggestions about the routes to do.
In the hinterland of Loano and Savona we find numerous paths immersed in the most luxuriant and uncontaminated nature, from where it is possible to admire suggestive landscapes on the gulfs below. Among these we want to talk about the Path of the High Lands, which leads through six stages characterized by different levels of difficulty, mileage and altitude. Today we discover together the first three itineraries designed for those who love trekking and hiking in the countryside.
The ring of Toirano
Distance: 3h 45 ‘
Difficulty level: Excursionist
It starts from Piazza Rosciano in Toirano and take the provincial road to Balestrino, which soon leaves the road turning left. Cross the hamlet of Barescione and continue along the road which then becomes a straight dirt road that leads to Pezzin. Going forward the road remains narrow between dry stone walls that support vineyards, orchards and olive groves. Once at a bottleneck, a bridge and a grain mill meet, which ceased its activity in the 1920s. After a climb, you come to a fork: turn left and cross the stream; in the distance you can see the massive figure of the castle of Balestrino. A little further on we enter a wood with heather undergrowth. The fronds sometimes open to show evocative views of the abandoned town of Balestrino which is reached after a while. Continue along the road when the peaks of the mountains above appear before the observer: Monte Ravinet, San Pietro dei monti, Monte Carmo, Rocca Berleurio, Rocca degli Alzabecchi, Rocca Barbena. We descend again and reach Toirano, from which we had started.
From Toirano to Pian delle Bosse
Arrival: Pian delle Bosse
Distance: 5h 30 ‘
The departure is always from piazza Rosciano, where, from the locality Mulini, you reach the left bank of the Varatella stream. Going up you can see the ruins of the Certosa church surrounded by walls. Via Certosa continues through vegetable gardens and vineyards, on the left valley floor of the Varatella, which joins the main road to Boissano. Immediately afterwards you leave the provincial road and take the climb that leads to the caves of Toirano and then the mule track that climbs between hairpin bends and dry-stone walls. The panorama gradually opens onto the valley floor with a beautiful view of the town of Toirano. Among rocky slabs and pinnacles, we find ourselves in a harsh environment, where it is possible to see the fallow deer colony. Going uphill, you reach the verdant plateau of the Casa del Prato. You then arrive at the church of San Pietrino and the top of the pietrino meadow, while the vegetation gradually thins out. Between woods and steep grassy stretches you arrive at the source of Casa Capurro. In the final kilometer you still need to gain several meters in altitude before arriving at Pian delle Bosse.
From Pian delle Bosse to Colle Melogno
Departure: Pian delle Bosse
Arrival: Colle Melogno
It starts from the Pian delle Bosse and after a few hundred meters you reach a hazelnut grove. A little further on you can admire a splendid view of the loanese coast. You arrive at the Porro farmstead from where you enter a chestnut grove and then into a damp wood. A dirt road goes up to the Giustenice yoke while a little further on a promontory of quartzite blocks invites you to climb to enjoy the open view below: on the far right, on the sea, the silhouette of the Gallinara island stands out. You cross a na beech forest a small lake in the Rio Slige where a waterfall falls into an incision in the rock face. Then there is a beech forest, mixed with birches, hazels, hawthorns, acres, hollies, but also poplars, limes and ash trees. There are many chances to encounter roe deer and wild boar in these areas. Climbing further up you finally arrive at the forts of the Melogno hill.