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Themed trail: Salzgäb sweet chestnut grove in Mörel-Filet

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  • Themenweg Kastanienselve Salzgäb
    / Themenweg Kastanienselve Salzgäb
    Photo: Alban Albrecht, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Themenweg Kastanienselve Salzgäb
    Photo: Stéphania Gross, Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Themenweg Kastanienselve Salzgäb
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Themenweg Kastanienselve Salzgäb
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
  • / Themenweg Kastanienselve Salzgäb
    Photo: Aletsch Arena AG
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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.
open
easy
Distance 1.8 km
1:15 h
103 m
103 m
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.

Author’s recommendation

Learn more about the history of chestnut culture in Mörel-Filet! Pay a visit to the informative exhibition at De-Sepibus-Haus!
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Aletsch Arena AG
Updated: April 08, 2021
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Highest point
881 m
Lowest point
778 m
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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.  

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page. 
  • 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

Aletsch Arena AG 
Furkastrasse 39 
CH-3983 Mörel-Filet 
+41 27 928 58 58 
info@aletscharena.ch
www.aletscharena.ch  

Start

Mörel-Filet (777 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'646'593E 1'133'994N
DD
46.355713, 8.043985
DMS
46°21'20.6"N 8°02'38.3"E
UTM
32T 426449 5134015
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Destination

Mörel-Filet

Turn-by-turn directions

Mörel-Filet – Themenweg Kastanienselve Salzgäb – Mörel-Filet

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train from Brig or Oberwald to Mörel-Filet, on foot to the start of the tour.

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Mörel-Filet exit, then follow signs for the parking facilities.

Parking

  • 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. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'646'593E 1'133'994N
DD
46.355713, 8.043985
DMS
46°21'20.6"N 8°02'38.3"E
UTM
32T 426449 5134015
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Get a free panoramic map at the cable car stations and info centres of the Aletsch Arena.  

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1269 Aletschgletscher 

Equipment

We recommend:  

  • good footwear 
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket 
  • hat or cap 
  • sunscreen 
  • bottle for water 
  • picnic 
  • camera 
  • binoculars (optional) 
  • hiking poles (optional) 
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)   

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Status
open
Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.8 km
Duration
1:15 h
Ascent
103 m
Descent
103 m
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