The joy of nordic walking
Pick up your sticks to get fit and feel in touch with nature
Getting out in the countryside is good for the heart. It gets the blood going around and tones the muscles. It helps you lose weight and stay trim. It improves your stamina and gives your immune system a boost. And it’s a fun, sociable pastime that banishes stress and works wonders for your all-round health!
Too good to be true? Quite the contrary: Nordic walking is a great way to keep active. You use special poles to work your arms as well as your legs in a coordinated effort that offers great benefits for your physical and mental wellbeing.
You can do it all year round, whatever your age. You can walk on your own or with friends, in serene silence or while having a chat, for a few hours or a whole day.
Never tried? Then it’s high time! A qualified instructor can help you learn the right technique. (Your nearest tourist office can point you in the right direction.) But if you already know what you’re doing, here are five lovely routes in Trentino to work the legs and stir the soul.
A tour of the trenches
This relaxed, easy loop is ideal for newbies. There are plenty of signs to show you how to practise Nordic walking and hone your technique amid open meadows and sweeping views. You start and finish at Millegrobbe farm, a restaurant and mountain resort. This area was on the front line during World War I, and signs of the bitter battles can still be seen, with the recently restored network of trenches.
This ring around the little lake is a treat in spring, when the snow melts and the waterside greenery starts growing again. It’s perfect for novices: straightforward, all on the level and not too long. Be inspired by the view and put your best foot forward!
The Le Parti walk
This route is ideal for beginners, as a Nordic walking instructor is on hand to get you started or develop your technique in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. The walk is short, easy and all on the flat – part on the road, part on unsurfaced tracks – starting and finishing at the Canterbury pub. Just a few minutes from Castello Tesino town centre, it makes a relaxing, enjoyable excursion even for the less athletic among us.
The Brocon way
The walk begins up the incline to the village of Cavareno in the Val di Non. Then you dive into the woods and emerge on a ridge with views of Mount Roen and the Brenta group in the distance. You can get all the information you need to practise Nordic walking along the way. Distance: 3.5 km (2.2 miles). Total climb: 73 metres. Difficulty: medium.
This is the longest and most challenging itinerary in Lagorai Nordic Walking Park. With over 11 km (7 miles) to cover, 226 metres uphill and 540 down, the path runs through a magnificent spruce forest. From Salton bridge (altitude: 1067 metres) in the Val Calamento, to reach Musiera plateau (1400 m) and enjoy its marvellous views, there’s about 1 km to walk on the main road. Difficulty: medium.