Let’s walk along the Valais bisses

Many Valaisans want to stretch their legs and enjoy the wonders of nature. They also want to explore their heritage.

Bisses of the canton answer today to these wishes. And the choice is wide. Gaëtan Morard, co-president of the Association des bisses du Valais, explains that out of the 280 inventoried, 250 are accessible each year during fine weather. About a hundred are already in water. “There are both one hour to one and a half hour walks and much longer routes.”

At Torrent Neuf

As the paths along the irrigation canals are considered to be pedestrian paths, no additional restrictions apply during the pandemic. Officials added measures.

Patrick Varone, president of the association for the safeguarding of the Torrent Neuf, explains for example that in case of high attendance, the flow can be regulated thanks to the doors installed on the course. In addition, a prohibition to cross on the gangways is posted on the spot and recalled by the volunteers. Avoidance spaces must be used.

When the first section opened last weekend, a younger audience than usual showed up.

Museum open on June 8

The Covid-19, however, delayed the opening of the Valais Bisses Museum in Botyre. “The most complicated directive to apply in the 17th century building is 10 m² per visitor,” said its director, who is looking forward to welcoming visitors from June 8.

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