The Trail Angels on the Via Francigena Piedmont are Back - the 2020 Calendar

From
Friday 24 Jan. 2020
To
Thursday 07 May. 2020

In the year 2020 a group of volunteers from the Friends of the Via Francigena Association of Santhià in Piedmont are again at the forefront of maintenance work along the Francigena route.
A busy calendar of walks led by Marcello Vallese aims at taking care of the itinerary.

Armed with pruning shears, tools and a lot of good will, the Trail Angels free the paths from branches and brambles so the route can always be travelled in complete safety. During the works the signage is renewed and the existing one is rearranged if necessary.


In 2020, some of the walks take place over the two days necessary both to continue the stages towards Rome and to travel the Way of Oropa.


"There will be a total of 10 outings - explains Marcello Vallese - In March the first two stages of the Way of Oropa (Santhià / Roppolo and Roppolo / Torrazzo) will be walked during a weekend, an initiative that will also be repeated in a second edition. In April, the other two stages will be explored (Torrazzo / Graglia Santuario and Graglia Sanctuary / Oropa), then repeated towards the end of the month for those who could not participate in the first occasion. In the meantime - continues Vallese - we will continue his journey along the Lombard Via Francigena (from Belgioioso to Chignolo Po). From here on outings will be organized over two days and the calendar will be prepared in the coming weeks. There will be traditional Saturday morning walks, which will allow us to spend a few hours in the woods of our moraine hills, which we have gradually discovered over the years."


The posters of each event are attached.


The calendar:
    • Wednesday 22 January: on the Via Francigena Biellese and Vercellese. Meeting at the Info point of Cavaglià - Via G. Gersen, 6. Meeting at 8.45 am. Departure at 9 am. Return between 12pm and 1pm.


    • Wednesday 29 January: on the Via Francigena Biellese and Vercellese. Meeting at the Info point of Cavaglià - Via G. Gersen, 6. Meeting at 8.45 am. Departure at 9 am. Return between 12pm and 1pm.


    • Wednesday 12 February: on the Via Francigena Biellese and Vercellese. Meeting at the Info Point in Cavaglià - Via G. Gersen, 6. Meeting at 8.45 am. Departure at 9 am. Return between 12pm and 1pm.


    • Wednesday 19 February: on the Via Francigena Biellese and Vercellese. Meeting at the Santhià Hostel - Corso Nuova Italia, 134. Meeting at 8.45 am. Departure at 9 am. Return between 12 pm and 1pm


    • Wednesday 26 February: on the Via Francigena Biellese and Vercellese. Meeting at the Santhià Hostel - Corso Nuova Italia, 134. Meeting at 8.45 am. Departure at 9 am. Return by train from San Germano, between 1 pm and 2 pm


    • Wednesday 11 March: on the Via Francigena Biellese and Vercellese. Meeting at the Santhià Hostel - Corso Nuova Italia, 134. Meeting at 8.45 am. Departure at 9 am, travel by train. Descent to San Germano, ascent to Vercelli. Return between 2 and 3 pm. Recommended packed lunch. Only expert walkers.


    • Wednesday 25 March: on the Via Francigena Biellese and Vercellese. Meeting in Roppolo - Church and Town Hall Square. Meeting at 8.45 am. Departure at 9 am. Return between 12 pm and 1pm.


    • Wednesday 8 April: on the Via Francigena Biellese and Vercellese. Meeting in Zimone - Piazza del Municipio Meeting at 8.45 am. Departure at 9 am. Return between 12 pm and 1 pm.


    • Wednesday 22 April: on the Via Francigena Biellese and Vercellese. Meeting in Magnano (parking of the Monastero di Bose). Meeting at 8.45 am. Departure at 9 am. Return between 12 pm and 1 pm.


    • Wednesday 6 May: on the Via Francigena Biellese and Vercellese. Meeting in Torrazzo (parking of the Torrazzo campsite) Meeting at 8.45 am. Departure at 9am. Return between 12pm and 1pm.


Rules, conditions, details of the equipment to participate in the excursion will be sent by e-mail or telephone to the interested parties.


E-MAIL: viafrancigenacavaglia@gmail.com - cell. 338 6980535


The initiative, supported by the European Association of the Via Francigena ways (EAVF), falls within the scope of the "Trail Angels" project. The "Trail Angels" are local associations that have made a commitment to control a section of the Via Francigena route, checking its safety and maintenance and, where necessary, intervening on the official signs, replacing the bad ones and improving their effectiveness. These activities are complementary and supportive of the actions carried out by the municipalities in the individual territories.

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