This route starts at Lake Tenno which you can get to in the summer months by BiciBusTrek shuttle, and winds up the slopes on the western side of Garda Trentino where the mountains plunge sheer into the lake.
The itinerary follows provincial road 37 which leads from the junction at the car park by the lake as far as Campi and the San Martino archeological site above. This is a little known area in Garda Trentino but well worth the visit.
The road winds among chestnut woods and climbs towards Campi, a little hamlet of Riva del Garda nestled in a green dale among the mountains. This small village has retained its rural character thanks to the traditional stone houses with their wooden floors. The arrival point is the San Martino archeological site, one of the most important in the area, at about 800 metres above sea level. From here you have a marvellous view of the Tenno area.
The cycle pathe in Trentino are usually closed by the local authorities from November, 15th to April, 15th. Exceptions are the cycle paths along the River Adige and in the Basso Sarca/Garda Trentino, where cycling is prohibited only in case of ice or during a snowfall.
From the car park of Lake Tenno follow the road signs for Campi. At the side of the road there is a protected cycle path which you can use for the first downhill stretch. After the picnic area (Acqua dei Malai), the cycle path finishes and you continue downhill on the main road as far as the turnoff for Campi where you take the road on the right. When you come to the tunnel, you will notice some steps on your left: get off your bike here and push it for a short stretch until you reach the old road. After the tunnel, go back onto the main road and you soon come to Campi. Pass through the little village and follow directions for your destination, the San Martino archeological site. Watch out! After the village, the road gets steeper.
To get back to where you started from (Riva del Garda), retrace the route as far as the junction after the tunnel. Turn right here, following directions for Pranzo/Riva del Garda and stay on the main road until you get down to the valley. Alternatively, you can go back to Lake Tenno and wait for the BiciBusTrek shuttle to take you back to Riva del Garda.
You can get to Lake Tenno in summer (June – September) by BiciBusTrek shuttle, which runs several times a day from Torbole sul Garda and Riva del Garda.
For further details and timetables: www.gardatrentino.it
There is also a bus line which links Riva del Garda to Lake Tenno all year round but it runs less frequently. For further details and timetables: www.gardatrentino.it
Riva del Garda is easily accessible (about 18 km) from the Rovereto Sud - Lago di Garda Nord motorway exit.
Other directions for getting to Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
Riding your bike requires specific clothing and equipment, even for relatively short and easy trips. It is always better to be prepared… e.g. for bad weather or a drop your energy levels. The unexpected things also make up a part of the fun!
Remember to thoroughly evaluate the type of route you plan to do, the locations you plan to cross and the current season. Has it been raining? Attention: The paths may be slippery and require more caution.
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