val di sole bike path
The Val di Sole bike path is 35 km long and runs alongside the “Fiume Noce” river for almost its entire length, following the old migration paths and roads. The bike path has an elevation gain that starts at 595 meters at Mostizzolo reaches an altitude of 1160 meters at the town of Cogolo in Val di Peio.
TRAIN AND BIKE
From Trento you can take the Marilleva Train. Just to the right of the main Trento train station is another smaller station that you can grab a train up to the start point of the Val di Sole bike path.
You can catch the BICI BUS (BIKE- BUS), which transports 30 bicycles. The runs of BICIBUS are Marilleva 900-Cogolo di Peio on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, dep. from Marilleva 900 train station at 10.00 a.m., 1.00p.m., 3.00p.m., 4.30 p.m., 6.00 p.m.
The ticket for one whole day (valid on all runs) for you and your bike: 4,00 €
Suggest you to buy the ticket before getting on the bus; you can buy it at the Tourist Boards in Malè or in Mezzana.
The route has changes in altitude which from 595 metres at Mostizzolo up to 1160 metres at Cogolo, in Val di Pejo, which is the northerly branch of the upper Val di Sole. Over the route you face some steep, but short, climbs. The first stretch, in spite of it's lower altitude, crosses a landscape with more markedly Alpine features with fir tree wood.
As you proceed the wood gives way to orchards and open fields until reaching Malè, main town of the Val di Sole. Along this stretch of the cycle path, which is protected from vehicle traffic, you will arrive to the small town of Ponte Stori, a great place for a quick stop. Once you reach the area near Cavizzana, there is the first steep climb along the public road which leads to the village. But, before getting there, we descend towards Noce, crossing vast orchards, overlooked by the solid, dominating structure of Caldes Castle on the other side of the valley. After seven kilometres we find Contre, a locality with sporting and recreational facilities. Still continuing along the Noce right-hand bank, we shortly reach the confluence with the Rabbies river stream which comes down the Valle di Rabbi and flows into the Noce a kilometre downstream of Malè. Staying alongside the stream, under the main road's viaduct, we pass Malè which is on a flat plain higher up. The cycle path doesn't go through the town, which is nonetheless worth visiting to admire some of its distinctive buildings and to see the Museo della civiltà solandra (the Val di Sole culture museum) and the offices of the Stelvio National Park.
The cycle route continues across the large, grassy plain which goes to the village of Dimaro at the entrance of the Val Meledrio, where the road to Madonna di Campiglio branches off. Dimaro is crossed away from the cycle path, which picks up again along the river Noce, first on the right and then on the left bank, as far as the village of Daolasa. For about one and a half kilometres we follow the main road's footpath until we reach the village of Piano, then we return to the River, passing in front of Mezzana, by the canoeing slalom Stadium, until we reach the sports Centre.
We now continue quietly along country roads, passing through woods and fields to the village of Pellizzano, which we go through. Still on country roads we approach Ossana and its Castle which is clearly visible from afar. Over a short section near the campsite we go up the river Vermigliana and cross the bridge which leads to Fucine, crossroads of the Valle di Sole and the Valle di Pejo. We have now reached 985 metres above sea level. After Fucine we continue in a north-westerly direction, skirting an industriaI warehouse, then we start the climb towards Cogolo. The valley is now narrower and we have to cross the Noce three times, the second over the road bridge leading to the village of Comasine, contending with a short, but steep, climb. Continuing to climb we finally see Cogolo, which we reach negotiating a bridge which takes us, via the main road, right to the entrance of the village.