Pushchair hiking in Dolomiti Paganella
Thursday 22 June 2023
Your guide to walking routes suitable for hiking pushchairs, immersed in the forests and natural wonders of Andalo, Molveno, and surroundings.
Mountains are for everyone, even before they can walk!
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This is the favourite high altitude hike for mountain families thanks to easy cable car access from Andalo up to an almost level hike that includes two chalet hut refreshment points, a baby park, and various children’s workshops.
To introduce your children to the history of Andalo we recommend listening to “The story of Andalo” podcast while following the Masi di Andalo walk. These were groups of houses from which the town developed.
The hike lasts for about 2 hours, but if necessary you can easily return to the city centre or divide the walk into two sections (Maso Toscana - le villette - Maso Monego, and Maso Ghezzi - Maso Cadin - Maso Pegorar).
The road is part tarred and part compact gravel with a few short uphill sections.
This hike has some steep sections up gravel tracks making it quite demanding but certainly worthwhile.
Departing from the centre of Andalo, in about half an hour you reach the Sarnacli Mountain Park, a free-entry sensory area.
Your senses of sight, hearing, touch, and smell are all stimulated by the surrounding nature while taste plays a lead role for a picnic in the forest, or a snack at the Chalet Plan dei Sarnacli.
From one playground to the next.
Here the children can have fun together in a small play-park while the grown-ups enjoy a relaxing aperitif in the shade under the pine trees.
There are various benches along the route, and with luck and sharp eyes you might even find some tasty forest strawberries!
In Fai della Paganella a stroll among the gardens and vegetable patches of the local residents helps you acclimatize to the mountains.
The road is part tarred and part compact gravel with a few gentle uphill and downhill sections.
After completing this circular route of about an hour and a half, the children can have fun in the playground in the piazza and the Capannina area, a perfect picnic site.
Green meadows, easy forest paths, wild animals, and tales of adventure: start from the village centre of Spormaggiore and follow the signs for the Belpark Wildlife Park.
The park is accessible and has refreshment points and family services.
After admiring the lynx, wolf, owl, bear, and goats continue on to the medieval ruins of Castel Belfort, full of legends, it offers a breathtaking view over the apple orchards of Valle di Non.
Starting from the old village centre of Molveno ascend the Valle delle Seghe up to Baita Ciclamino. The road rises up gradually, first tarred and then gravel.
After a tasty lunch at the Baita you come to the bridge and cascades of the Massodi mountain torrent along with the ruins of old water mill.
Next descend along via Rio Massò or the Rio dei Molini path to the old Venetian Sawmill Taialacqua which is still in operation.
Among the various paths and rest points, you can spend a pleasant half day with a pushchair exploring almost all of the lake area close to the village.
The circuit of the small Lake Bior goes over a few little wooden bridges to reach an island with picnic area, a very quiet setting where you and your youngsters can paddle in the cool water.
From the bridge go back onto the road and continue on to the wellness centre and camp site. After the old Venetian sawmill follow the path until the Roman Bridge and waterfall.
If you still have energy to spare, a steep climb leads up to Baita Fortini di Napoleone for lunch overlooking the lake.
A relaxing 40 minute walk, which can be shortened to just the lakeside.
The gangway over the water from where you can spot trout and Alpine char is a big favourite for children.
An easy walk of about an hour among the seven “villas” making up the San Lorenzo Dorsino settlement, where time seems to have stopped in a slower and simpler age.
You will find all the information you need to organize a holiday with children on this page.
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