Highlights and tour details
From Castel San Pietro along the ridge of the hills overlooking the Vercelli plain in the Po and Orba River Park with stunning views of Mount Rosa. Return is predominantly off-road through vine planted hills.
Starting from the cemetry carpark of Castel San Pietro, turn right onto tarmac following the directions for Rocca delle Donne. We do not recommend turning immediately left to shorten the route; apart from the fact that you would go down a one-way street in the opposite direction, you would miss the spectacular view of the Alps and the surrounding lowland.
Follow the only road that goes around the small village until the directions "Fiume Po" and "Cantavenna". A fun non-demanding descent begins for 1.4 km; having arrived at the information totem of the Po and Orba River Park, turn left uphill on dirt road for 2 km and on tarmac for 750m.
Turning right you reach the square of Cantavenna; staying on the right take the road after the grocery store next to the Church to see the view of the lowland and Alps.
Having returned to the square continue, leaving the Cantina Sociale (Wine Cooperative) on the right and the grocery store on the left.
Continuing on tarmac uphill, having reached a left elbow bend, we leave it and go straight on in the direction of Pozzengo for about 3.4 km to arrive opposite the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, which features the altar in the window.
Continue for 80 m; turn left taking the dirt road downhill to the valley bottom. At the first dirt road we meet turn right and, after approximately 400 m, keeping left, continue uphill and come out on tarmac, turning right. In Ilengo, cross the crossroads and go on dirt road again for 1.5 km.
Turning right on tarmac you reach Zenevreto; at the crossroads beyond the road that arrives from the right you notice a small ramp with a small square. Take it and follow the dirt road uphill to reach Bric del Lupo.
Continuing, BE CAREFUL of the narrow path, the two landslides to the right and of any other bikers riding downhill. Having reached the top, continue right to descend to tarmac and turn left. From here, continue until you find a crossroads for 1.3 km. Turn left and after 400 m turn right uphill following the sign for Castel San Pietro.
Continue for approximately 1.8 km to the point of departure.
(itinerary geomapped by Claudio Trombin)
Points of interest
Starting from the car park of the Castel San Pietro cemetry, turn right onto the asphalted road following the signs for Rocca delle Donne. We do not recommend turning immediately left to shorten the route as you would be travelling along a one-way road in the opposite direction and missing out on the spectacular views of the Alps and the surrounding plain.
Follow the only road that goes around the small village until the signs “Fiume Po” and "Cantavenna". A fun and undemanding downhill starts for 1.4 km; at the information totem of the Po and Orba River Park, turn left uphill onto a dirt road for 2 km and then onto an asphalted road for 750 m.
Turning to the right you reach the square of Cantavenna, keep right and turn onto the street after the grocery store next to the Church to see the panorama of the plain and Alps.
Returning to the square, continue on, leaving the Cantina Sociale on the right and the grocery store on the left.
Remain on the asphalted road going uphill to a left elbow bend. We leave it behind and continue straight on, in the direction of Pozzengo for about 3.4 km until arriving in front of the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, characteristic for the altar in the window.
Continue for 80 m, turn left taking the dirt road down to the bottom of the valley. At the first dirt road intersection turn right and, after about 400m, keeping to the left, continue uphill to an asphalted road, turning to the right. At Ilengo cross the intersection and continue along a dirt road for 1.5 km.
Turning right onto asphalt you reach Zenevreto; at the intersection, in addition to the road that arrives from the right, there is a small ramp with square. Take it and continue uphill on the dirt road to Bric del Lupo.
Continuing on, PAY ATTENTION to the narrow path, to the two landslides on the right and to other downhill bikers. When you reach the top, go right downhill to the asphalt and turn left. From here, continue for 1.3 km. until you find an intersection.
Turn left and after about 400 m turn right uphill following the sign for Castel San Pietro.
Continue for about 1.8 km to the starting point
(Itinerary geo-mapped by Claudio Trombin).