The route described here takes you around the quiet Lomaso area and then back to Garda, largely on cycle paths and side roads in the Sarca Valley. Over 50 km of trail with significant uphill and downhill gradients. Long stretches of paved road alternate with dirt tracks which are generally in good condition.
There are breathtaking panoramas on both sides: on one side overlook the lower Sarca Valley, while from the other you can see the Brenta Dolomites. If steep gradients are not a problem, and if you are well able to manage the brakes, you could even do it on a gravel bike. Given the weather conditions in recent years, this route can be done for most of the year.
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Suggestions taken from NORBA and IMBA codes of conduct.
The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case, the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.
The track provided gives the starting point as Arco; the cycle path near the Caneve car park, to be exact. Following the initial directions you head towards the town centre where you will find no signposts telling you what way to go. Nonetheless, it is easy to see and get to the church in the town centre, and cross Piazza III Novembre leaving the building behind you. At the left end of the square, at the start of via Vergolano, turn into the lane on your right and immediately turn left into Via del Dosso. Follow the old-fashioned laneway which leads into the historic part of Arco and continue on down via Stranfora. Keep on straight leaving the little church of San Bernardino on your left. When you have passed the old fountain, head uphill a short distance before turning left through the ancient walls (Porta Stranfora). Continue on to the right past the entrance to the Parco Arciducale and then turn left.
At the next junctions you will find signposting for our trail which marked number 747, leading across the olive groves, the Olivaia di Arco. In some stretches here the gradient is really demanding. When you come to the paved road, keep to the right and follow directions for Padaro, about a kilometre away. When you come to the town, where you can find a fresh water fountain, the gradient levels off but it still generally remains around 10%. Keep on straight, following the main road and pass Mandrea and Doss del Cléf. Once you come to San Giovanni al Monte, you can always stop off for lunch on the mountain side. It is a classic destination for cyclists in the area, but you need to go on a further hundred metres or so to reach the highest point on the route.
When you come to Marcarie, you find yourself back on a dirt road and crest the hill at an altitude of a little over 1100 m. From here on, clear signposts lead you along a forest trail, cemented in stretches with a steep gradient. You quickly lose altitude and enter Lomaso. Back on the paved road once again, you come to a crossroads at the little church of San Silvestro. Keep to the right following the road in the direction of Lundo. After a kilometre of a gentle uphill climb, you come to the main road and keep left in the direction of Poia. Cross the town centre following the signposts for the hamlet of Godenzo where you will find another fresh water fountain. Continue along quiet paved country roads with marvellous scenery until you come to the main road for Sarche. This is the only stretch of the road where you will generally find a lot of traffic. So take care and keep to the right of the road until you come to the start of the cycle path on the opposite side of the road.
Follow it until you come back to the main road where you take to the road for four bends until you come across the cycle path at Sarche on your right. Cycle along the River Sarca, and follow the cycle path in the direction of Garda as far as Pieramurata. When you get to the church, keep left and go down via Cavedine until you cross the bridge over the Rimone canal. Now keep right and follow this quiet road towards nearby Lake Cavedine. Cycle along the lake and pass it and you come to the spectacular Marocche di Dro. Keep right when you come to the junction with the main road for Drena and follow the valley bottom. After about 1.5 km on your right you will follow directions onto a side road which brings you back to the cycle path for Dro. At the entrance to the town, the cycle path is interrupted but clear signposts for cyclists lead you through the town and on towards Ceniga. At the end of this last village you will find the cycle path on your right which leads you back to Arco and your point of departure.
The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of the tour or close nearby. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it
Info about bike public transport: www.gardatrentino.it
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
Free parking in Caneve (5 min. walk from the town centre).
More Pay parking: Foro Boario parking, via Caproni Maini (Car park near the bridge), Post office (Via Monache).
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 throughly 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.
What do I need to bring on my bike tour?
It is always advised to let someone know where you plan to go and how long you expect to be.
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