Walking in the Aosta Valley

Walking in the Aosta Valley

Walks and scrambles in the shadows of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa

Andy Hodges


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A stunning, autonomous region in the Italian Alps, the Aosta valley is a walker's paradise. This guidebook describes 32 varied and scenic routes both within the main valley and those to the north (including the Lys valley, Valpelline, Valtournenche and Grand St Bernard). The routes vary in difficulty and distance, offering something for walkers of all ability. 1:50K mapping together with gradient profiles complement clear and concise route descriptions. Also included is invaluable practical information - everything from travel options and insurance to useful phrases and a handy kit list. Information on via ferratas and trail running is also included for those interested in discovering additional activities available in the area. A region of immense beauty, the Aosta valley is a must-visit destination. This selection of walks take in ethereal glaciers, majestic mountain tops and enchanting valley forests. Long or short, easy or challenging, the routes abound in history, and soak up the rich and varied culture of the region.


Andy Hodges:
Andy, born and bred in Northern England, developed his early mountain skills with his local scout group in the hills of the Lake District and Snowdonia. Since discovering the joys of the Alps with a Cicerone guidebook in 1999, Andy and his wife Sue have explored much of the Western Alps, walking, running, cycling, ski touring or snowshoeing. Since the late 1980s Andy has enjoyed leading others in the mountains, and he worked as a hillwalking leader before joining the teaching profession. With 25 years service in Dartmoor Search and Rescue, Andy has vast experience of the moors and recently completed the in-depth training and assessments to become a qualified International Mountain Leader. When not in school, Andy is likely to be found in the Western Alps, on Dartmoor or in the mountains of Britain.