Trekking - GTL

GTL - Variant 9A

A variation of the central hillcrest route of the GTL, this section takes you as far as Albaretto Torre on a circuit that will bring you back to the starting point. This first section of the itinerary stops at Cerretto Langhe.

 

Leave the village of Serravalle Langhe and follow the main highway to Bossolasco for about 100 metres. At the first crossroads, take the road on the left to the hamlet of Villa and follow along a secondary crest along the Belbo Valley. Ignore a few side roads to the right and pass a farm and, at Castellero, the old church of San Michele Arcangelo, a small jewel that has survived from the old settlement, that features a lovely, Romanesque apse from the 13th century and a vibrant Baroque façade that has recently been restored.

The panoramic road descends gradually to a group of livestock buildings. At the next curve, just outside the hamlet of Villa (the original centre of the village, which is worth a visit), turn to the right onto an ample gravel road that runs down to Cascina Castelvecchio. From the clearing before the courtyard, continue along the dry-stone wall at the left edge for a few metres. As you enter the woods, stay near the crest and then descend through a number of switchbacks. The switchbacks mitigate the descent, but loose rock and a few sections with rock outcroppings in the terrain, looking a bit like stairs, make this section somewhat difficult.

Follow the beaten trail until you reach some abandoned fields surrounding Cascina Barilotto. From the houses, the trail continues to the left along the flat for a long section and then descends quickly to the base of the Belbo Valley. When you reach the shore of Rio Lavagello, cross the stream carefully and head back up to the left to the next plateau, then take the uphill trail to the right.

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This trail heads up to the remains of the Lavagello homes. Continue past these homes and pine trees along a lovely stone path. You will soon come to an easier dirt road. Follow this road to the right, along the hillside, for a long section of false flat, through untamed woods overlooking the Belbo Valley.

When you reach a crossroads, head up to the left for a few metres. Leaving the sunny side behind you, enter the cool of the woods of chestnut and beech trees on the northern face. A few difficult climbs will take you higher again to a modest saddle in the hill, from where you will see the village of Cerretto Langhe atop the next crest. Continue along the flat, then, after a short descent, cross a small stream. The road continues in a wide semi-circle and heads back up the opposite side of the hill. A final section of steep climb will take you to the quaint Sottana square in Cerretto Langhe.

You can’t talk about Cerretto without first talking about “pallapugno” (a.k.a. pallone elastico, or simply balon in the local dialect), a local sport with such a strong tradition. This beautiful stone village features a number of lovely buildings, particularly the Church of Sant’Andrea (circa 13th century) with its Romanesque bell tower and late-Gothic frescos (from the Mondovì school), remnants of a history of wealth and great works of art. In the 1800s, in place of the destroyed castle, local genius, Giovan Battista Schellino was commissioned to design the village’s new church and brought a bit of his neo-Gothic vision to this medieval town. The building is truly remarkable and brings a bit of majesty back to this mound of earth where once there were towers, ramparts, parapet walkways and bridges.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Departure
Serravalle Langhe
Italy
Arrival
Cerretto Langhe
1 Piazza Dottore G. Sobrero
12050
Italy
Type of trail
Linear
Distanz
7.5 km
Difficulty
Intermediate
Estimated Time
1:50 hours

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Along the way:

Picnic area along the trail
Fountains / water points along the trail

Point of interest along the way

Departure:
Serravalle Langhe
Cuneo
Italy
Arrival:
Cerretto Langhe
1 Piazza Dottore G. Sobrero
12050 Cuneo
Italy

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    The stages of this itinerary

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    • Stop 0
      GTL - Grande Traversata delle Langhe
      Castino -> San Benedetto Belbo
      240km - Demanding - 52:00h
    • Stop 1
      GTL - Leg 1
      Castino -> Cortemilia
      8.5km - Intermediate - 2:00h
    • Stop 1
      Variant 1A
      GTL - Variant 1A
      Castino -> Santo Stefano Belbo
      14.3km - Intermediate - 4:00h
    • Stop 2
      GTL - Leg 2
      Cortemilia -> Bergolo
      5.2km - Intermediate - 1:30h
    • Stop 2
      Variant 2A
      GTL - Variant 2A
      Pezzolo Valle Uzzone -> Santuario Todocco
      5.5km - Intermediate - 1:35h
    • Stop 2
      Variant 2B
      GTL - Variant 2B
      Cortemilia -> Bric della Croce (Perletto)
      5km - Easy - 1:45h
    • Stop 3
      GTL - Leg 3
      Bergolo -> Prunetto
      9.2km - Intermediate - 2:40h
    • Stop 3
      Variant 3A
      GTL - Variant 3A
      Bergolo -> Pezzolo Valle Uzzone
      3.1km - Intermediate - 35m
    • Stop 3
      Variant 3B
      GTL - Variant 3B
      Bergolo -> Torre Bormida
      6.2km - Intermediate - 1:25h
    • Stop 4
      GTL - Leg 4
      Prunetto -> Gottasecca
      7.5km - Intermediate - 2:10h
    • Stop 4
      Variant 4A
      GTL - Variant 4A
      Prunetto -> Monesiglio
      9.7km - Intermediate - 2:05h
    • Stop 4
      Variant 4B
      GTL - Variant 4B
      Monesiglio -> Bricco Ronchetto (Mombarcaro)
      4.5km - Intermediate - 1:30h
    • Stop 5
      GTL - Leg 5
      Gottasecca -> Saliceto
      11.5km - Intermediate - 3:35h
    • Stop 5
      Variant 5A
      GTL - Variant 5A
      Gottasecca -> Confine Ligure
      5km - Intermediate - 1:00h
    • Stop 6
      GTL - Leg 6
      Saliceto -> Mombarcaro
      19km - Intermediate - 6:00h
    • Stop 7
      GTL - Leg 7
      Mombarcaro -> San Benedetto Belbo
      4.5km - Intermediate - 1:20h
    • Stop 7
      Variant 7A
      GTL - Variant 7A
      San Benedetto Belbo -> Murazzano
      5.5km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 8
      GTL - Leg 8
      Murazzano -> Bossolasco
      10km - Easy - 2:45h
    • Stop 9
      GTL - Leg 9
      Bossolasco -> Serravalle Langhe
      6km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 9
      Variant 9A
      GTL - Variant 9A
      Serravalle Langhe -> Cerretto Langhe
      7.5km - Intermediate - 1:50h
    • Stop 9
      Variant 9B
      GTL - Variant 9B
      Cerretto Langhe -> Arguello
      4.5km - Intermediate - 50m
    • Stop 9
      Variant 9C
      GTL - Variant 9C
      Arguello -> Lequio Berria
      4.5km - Intermediate - 1:25h
    • Stop 9
      Variant 9D
      GTL - Variant 9D
      Lequio Berria -> Benevello
      8km - Intermediate - 2:10h
    • Stop 10
      GTL - Leg 10
      Serravalle Langhe -> Albaretto della Torre
      5.8km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 11
      GTL - Leg 11
      Albaretto della Torre -> Benevello
      10km - Intermediate - 2:15h
    • Stop 12
      GTL - Leg 12
      Benevello -> Pavaglione (Castino)
      4.7km - Intermediate - 1:30h
    • Stop 13
      GTL - Leg 13
      Pavaglione (Castino) -> Castino
      7.7km - Easy - 2:30h
    • Stop 13
      Variant 13A
      GTL - Variant 13A
      Pavaglione (Castino) -> San Donato (Mango)
      13.7km - Demanding - 4:00h
    • Stop 14
      GTL - Leg 14
      Castino -> Cravanzana
      7km - Intermediate - 2:50h
    • Stop 15
      GTL - Leg 15
      Cravanzana -> Feisoglio
      5.5km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 15
      Variant 15A
      GTL - Variant 15A
      Torre Bormida -> Cravanzana
      2.8km - Intermediate - 45m
    • Stop 15
      Variant 15B
      GTL - Variant 15B
      Bric del Cucco (Cravanzana) -> Torre Bormida
      5.7km - Easy - 1:50h
    • Stop 16
      GTL - Leg 16
      Feisoglio -> Niella Belbo
      5.4km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 16
      Variant 16A
      GTL - Variant 16A
      Villa (Serravalle Langhe) -> Feisoglio
      5.1km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 17
      GTL - Leg 17
      Niella Belbo -> San Benedetto Belbo
      5.5km - Intermediate - 1:20h

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