The short themed trail presents interesting facts on the importance of sweet chestnuts for the region. Admire the mature trees and the recultivated Salzgäb sweet chestnut grove.
Distance 1.8 km
The themed trail begins at the Church of St. Hilarius in Mörel-Filet. Set off along Dorfstrasse, beside the village stream, until you reach the upper end of the village, and take the path that branches off left. The themed trail leads past walls of terraced fields to an impressive old chestnut grove. There is a long tradition of chestnut culture in the area, the earliest mentions of “Chesteholz” dating back to 1279. At that time, sweet chestnuts were planted to ensure a constant supply of food for the poor. In 2003, the citizens of Mörel-Filet decided to recultivate the old Salzgäb chestnut grove, replant it and turn it into a forest reserve. Information panels along the trail shed light on the importance of the chestnut groves from an agricultural and ecological point of view and explain the recultivation project. Return to the village centre by the same route or take the broad hiking path.
Learn more about the history of chestnut culture in Mörel-Filet! Pay a visit to the informative exhibition at De-Sepibus-Haus!
AuthorAletsch Arena AG
Update: April 08, 2021
Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Aletsch Arena AG accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.
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- Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
- Close gates after passing through.
- Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
- Do not leave any waste in nature.
Tips and hints
Getting thereTake Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Mörel-Filet exit, then follow signs for the parking facilities.
- Limited parking spaces (charges apply) at Mörel-Filet station. Further parking options are signposted.
- Large pay multi-storey car parks at the entrance to Mörel-Filet and in the village centre.
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- hat or cap
- bottle for water
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- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- Cell phone
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