Belalp – The Monster Walk

If you read the last blog post I wrote you’ll know that I was up in Belalp with my family for a few days over the summer for some fresh mountain air and day of walking.

The great thing about the Alps is that you can enjoy them all year round. Head over in the winter and ski to your hearts content, or travel up there in Summer to spend hours exploring mountain trails.

Believe it or not, Switzerland isn’t a snow filled country all year round (as some may think!) and getting up high and experiencing it in the summer is a total dream, and something I cant recommend enough.

Get a good walking guide to Switzerland, do your research on the best walks in the area (this time we googled something like: ‘best belalp walks’) and choose your favourite. We chose this one: ‘Belalp-Riederalp Suspended Bridge‘.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetWe woke up early, and headed down to breakfast. Knowing the walk would be an all-dayer we filled our plates up with everything the breakfast buffet had to offer (plus – who doesn’t love eating everything the breakfast buffet offers?!) and grazed on it happily in the sunshine. Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a8 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a9 preset

Full on pastries, cereal and fruit we packed a picnic and water bottles for the day and headed off to find the trail.

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The trail starts from Hotel Belalp – back where we had a drink on the first evening. It’s a small, steep rocky path that leads down to the valley and the glacier beyond.

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The walk took us through meadows, forest, over little mountain streams and rocky terrain left behind by the receding glacier and eventually down to the hanging bridge.

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You tend to pass a few people here and there, but other than that you basically have the mountain to yourself.

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The bridge is an impressive architectural feat. Dangling between two cliff faces, over a rushing glacial river, held in place by some industrial wires. The whole thing bounces as you cross it, leaving some people a bit weak at the knees, and rendering others totally crazy…

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Obviously the new hat was out in force. I really must invest in a selfie stick.

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With rumbling bellies and the thought of the monster climb back up to the hotel, we set off in search of the perfect picnic stop.

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We found a lovely little patch by a small church and settled in for a well deserved rest (joined by a few nosy cows).

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The whole walk took about 6 hours. Alexi and I beat the parents  back up the hill, and collapsed into chairs and swiftly ordered pints of cold swiss cider.

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What a beautiful way to spend a sunny day in the Alps!

If you would like any Swiss suggestions on places to go / see / eat then leave me a comment below 🙂

Next adventure to follow soon!

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