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This hike starts in Naters and takes you along the historic road past dry stone walls and mule troughs up the path to the old village of Blatten bei Naters.
Open
moderate
Distance 5.7 km
2:18 h
657 m
5 m
1,333 m
676 m
The old mountain road between Naters and Blatten bei Naters is a historic path connection that is recognisable as such primarily because of its traditional appearance and because of its structural substance.

The so-called "old mountain road" leads from Naters to Klosi and then uphill to Moos, Geimen, Mehlbaum and Blatten bei Naters. The old mountain road dates back to two millennia ago.

It is gently nestled in the cultivated landscape of the Natischer Berg. The shape of the road is characterised by alleys, hollow and sloping paths, embankments, dry stone walls, free-standing path boundaries, standing stones, picket fences, stone paving, cross slopes, mule troughs and the like. The old mountain road served mainly as a mule track and cattle drive. In many places, the excellent historic building fabric has been preserved.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the many sunny spots to linger.

Admire the art and the church in Geimen.

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Author
Blatten-Belalp Tourismus 
Update: September 13, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Blatten, 1,333 m
Lowest point
Naters, 676 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 72.73%Road 27.25%
Forested/wild trail
4.1 km
Road
1.6 km
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Safety information

Despite the " impossible to miss " markings of the hiking trails, we recommend for safety reasons to always have an appropriate hiking map with you, so that you can quickly find your way to a safe area in case of a thunderstorm or an emergency, for example.

Especially in autumn, you should also be aware that leaves lying on the ground can hide bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path. After storms, trees can still fall over or branches can fall down. Particularly in adverse weather conditions, near-natural paths can become muddy and slippery. You have to expect this kind of path impairment when you go on a hike.

Not all rocks or precipices are secured with ropes or railings. In some cases surefootedness is required. If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the trail are not passable for you, you should avoid them.

Tips and hints

If you have any questions, please contact:

Belalp Bahnen AG

www.belalp.ch

bahnen@belalp.ch

+41 27 921 65 10

Blatten - Belalp Tourismus AG

tourismus@belalp.ch

+41 27 921 60 40

Start

Naters Marktplatz (680 m) (680 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'642'374E 1'130'605N
DD
46.325508, 7.988867
DMS
46°19'31.8"N 7°59'19.9"E
UTM
32T 422166 5130711
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Destination

Blatten bei Naters (1327m)

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Naters Marktplatz bus stop it goes through narrow alleys, past the interesting ossuary, the parish church and the Junkerhof. Follow the road uphill and you will reach the Klosi, where the path to Blatten bei Naters branches off to the right. On the path, in the section between Moos and Obermoos, you can see a mule trough carved in stone on the left. After you have crossed Geimen, set off on the further ascent in the direction of Blatten bei Naters. Follow the historic road and enjoy the waterfall in the flour tree. Soon you will reach Blatten bei Naters Ahorn and here again take the historic road to the old village.

Naters - Moos- Geimen - Mehlbaum - Blatten bei Naters

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Naters

Take the post bus or the local bus (line 1) from Brig to Naters Marktplatz and start your tour there.

You can also walk directly from Brig through Naters and start your tour that way.

Blatten-Belalp

Blatten bei Naters can be reached by public transport from Brig or Naters.

You can reach Belalp from Blatten by cable car.

You can find the timetable and further information on how to get there at: www.belalp.ch 

Getting there

Arrival by car

From western Switzerland: A9 Lausanne - Vevey, or north-western Switzerland: A12 Bern - Vevey: A9 - Sierre: main road Sierre - Brig

From north-western Switzerland: A6 Berne - Thun - Spiez: main road Spiez - Kandersteg (Lötschberg tunnel car transport) - Goppenstein - Gampel - Brig

From eastern and central Switzerland: Andermatt - Realp (year-round Furka car transport; in summer via Furka Pass) - Oberwald - Brig

From Ticino (in summer): Airolo - Nufenenpass - Ulrichen - Brig

Or via Centovalli - Domodossola - Simplonpass - Brig

From Italy (Aosta, Mt. Blanc Tunnel): Aosta - Grand Saint Bernard tunnel (over the pass in summer) - Martigny: A9 motorway - Sierre: Sierre - Brig main road.

Or via Domodossola - Simplon Pass - Brig

Blatten bei Naters

From Brig you can reach Blatten bei Naters via Naters, then take the cable car to the car-free Belalp.

Parking

Naters

In Naters, as well as in Brig, there are several parking spaces and multi-storey car parks available for a fee.

Blatten-Belalp

Paid parking is available in the Chienzlichrommu and in the multi-storey car park in Blatten bei Naters.

You can find more information at:

www.belalp.ch 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'642'374E 1'130'605N
DD
46.325508, 7.988867
DMS
46°19'31.8"N 7°59'19.9"E
UTM
32T 422166 5130711
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Sturdy shoes, clothing suitable for the weather, sun and rain protection, as well as sufficient supplies of food and drinks, should there be no refreshment stops or shopping facilities available or open. Although the trail is very well marked throughout, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons. Take sticks or other aids with you.

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5.7 km
Duration
2:18 h
Ascent
657 m
Descent
5 m
Highest point
1,333 m
Lowest point
676 m
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