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"La Corolla delle Ginestre" – mountain bike loop


Tourist offices: U.I.T. Brisighella

Itinerary details: From Varnello head south on the road for Rontana, over the mountain to the pass of the provincial road S.P. Valletta e Torre Pratesi. Continue for  6 km to the downhill stretch for Torre Cavina, then follow the road that goes down up to the Cavina di San Pietro and then left going up  to Ca’ di Bago. Go up further straight, until the “Poggio” (or knoll) then 100 m after the house, go back down right towards the Sintria. Continue on the left on the valley road up to the Poggiolo. Before reaching the buildings, take the cart road on the right that goes up to Valdifusa, where we turn right, going down along the asphalt road to  M. dell’Alberino and then towards the Senio, where we turn left into the provincial road  S.P. Casolana at Km 22. Go up along the provincial road to Ca’ Nova di Baffadi. After the bridge on the Senio river turn right for the church of  Baffadi. Go up to the right along rio Cestina along the road, up to Mulino Balagaio where we cross the rio and go up to Budrio. Go up in heading east E to M. Carnevale and then turn right, along the cart road CAI 701 for Canovazza and Croce. Go left around the Rocca di M. Battaglia, then down towards the Passo del Prugno. Go down along the provincial road for 1.5 km towards Casola, then left into a cart road up to the pilastrino di Roncosole, at the chestnut grove of Campiuno and to Monticelli.
Go up to the left at the houses of M. Battagliola and then left again over the watershed, up to the CAI 705 trail, to Ca’ Budrio across a brief stretch along the border of a plantation. Cross the sinkhole and take the cart road on the right that goes down to Ca’ Siepe and continue down to the small church of Sasso Letroso. Back down to the asphalt road, go left along the provincial road S.P. Casolana for 700 m, then turn right over the footbridge of the Senio. After the creek turn left along the cart road that goes along it, past the sports ground and up to the bridge. Here turn right into the cart road that goes up to Crivellari. After the houses go up left towards the crest of the Chalk Vein near the saddle of Ca’ Faggia. Continue along the cart road under the crest up to the road for M. Mauro, and follow it downhill to the Canovetta, where we continue right until we reach a large gully amphitheatre, then to Ca’ di Sasso. Past the cliff of M. Mauro, take the trail that goes down to the valley road of the Sintria, go left along the road for 1700 m, then turn right, following the cart road that leads to  Castelnuovo and from here on the road Riolo Terme - Brisighella, where we turn right up to  Varnello. After Varnello, turn right and then right again to go up to Parco Carné. Please take care when cycling through the sections of normal traffic.
Itinerary: The itinerary is around 70 km long and can be done in one stretch or divided into parts over several days taking advantage of the accommodation structures along the itinerary.

Corolla delle Ginestre

Last updated: 27/11/2013