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Trekking at Lake Brugneto with children

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The Brugneto Lake trek is a 14-km hiking trail that takes about 5 hours to complete. It is a loop trail with several ups and downs but is not a particularly difficult excursion for a hiker accustomed to hiking in the mountains.

As far as children are concerned, however, it is only recommended for trained and somewhat older children (around ten years old) due to its length.

Very important: Lake Brugneto, situated at 776 metres above sea level in the Antola Regional Natural Park, is an artificial lake for which bathing is prohibited.

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Trekking at Lake Brugneto with children: how to get there

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Trekking at Lake Brugneto with children

From Genoa, take State Road 45 and arrive in Torriglia. From here continue along Provincial Road 15 for about 10 km, following the signs for Retezzo, until you reach the Brugneto Lake dam. You park your car freely near the dam.

Trekking to Lake Brugneto with children: technical specifications

Starting altitude: 776 metres

Maximum altitude: 900 metres

Length: 14 km (loop trail)

Height difference: 500 metres

Time: about 5h

Signposts: yellow barred circle

Route

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Trekking at Lake Brugneto with children
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Trekking at Lake Brugneto with children
Trekking at Lake Brugneto with children
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Trekking at Lake Brugneto with children

The trail, as mentioned, is a loop trail, so it can be done either clockwise or anticlockwise. We, out of habit, have always walked it anti-clockwise.

You park your car just before the dam, cross it, and continue until you come to an access point on the left, with an information board.

It should be noted that the Brugneto path can be accessed from various locations along the provincial roads surrounding the lake, such as Bavastri, Albora, Fontanasse.

Shortly after the start of the path, you will find the first of the four picnic areas along the route.

The path has several ups and downs along the way and a few steep climbs. In some places it skirts the bank, while in others it recedes and one must cross the asphalt road, returning immediately afterwards to the forest.

If you follow the crossed yellow circle marker, however, you cannot go wrong.

The estimated time to complete the entire tour is 5h, divided into:

1h30 from the Dam to Caffarena;

1h30 from Caffarena to Bavastri;

2h from Bavastri to the Dam, via Costa di Paglia.

The Brugneto ring-route ends on the provincial road, and you have to walk about 200 metres on tarmac downhill to get back to your car.

About Lake Brugneto

In addition to being Liguria’s main water reservoir , Lake Brugneto is a splendid nature reserve where flora and fauna coexist.

Various aquatic birds such as cormorants and herons stop in the lake and, below the surface, you can find carp, trout, tench, cadevus and other animal species that attract anglers.

The woods surrounding the lake are home to fallow deer, wild boar, foxes, beech martens and badgers, while in the skies it is not difficult to spot hawks and other birds of prey.

What else to do and where to sleep

There are various activities you can do at Lake Brugneto, from barbecues to kayak tours, which in fine weather attract many families and groups of friends. You can look at this article for more information and where to sleep around the lake.

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