vineyards close to Ollon

vineyards close to Ollon

This section takes us from Aigle in canton Vaud to St. Maurice in canton Wallis. Once we leave Aigle direction south-east starting from the Market-Place through the vineyards, we soon will reach the Aigle Castle of the 13th century. Today, it serves as a museum for vintage and vines. Along the mountainside, we get to Ollon, through vineyards first, then in the shadow of a forest.
Ollon and Dents du Midi

Ollon and Dents du Midi

Behind Ollon, we hike across another height, before we cross a road at the entrance of the village Antagnes, and then reach the «La Gryonne» creek below the village. We follow this creek on the left bank, cross the railway and the highway, and reach the River Rhône a first time close to «Iles d´Amont», and then we follow the Rhône against its flow.The settlemen across the river, with major chemical plants, in canton Wallis already, is named Monthey.

Ollon

Ollon

We cross the river Rhône close to Massongex and enter the canton Wallis. At the entrance of St. Maurice, where the road and the river squeeze through a rocky bottleneck, we pass by a castle dating back to 16th/18th century, which serves as a museum for military history since 1815. St. Maurice with it´s Abbey already in the middle ages was an important place for pilgrims on their way to Rome - we should feel comfortable here as well.

Note(s)

The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the stretch from Pontarlier close to the F/CH border across Lausanne to Rome.