Bisses are the historic irrigation channels of the Valais. A bisse is an open ditches delivering priceless water from mountain streams – often by daring routes – to arid pastures and fields, vineyards and orchards. Many bisses are still in use today and so are carefully maintained. Numerous trails accompany these historic watercourses, inviting visitors to varied hikes on historic trails.
Bisse de Baar
Starting in the village of Brignon, the Bisse de Baar passes by steep slopes and a number of vineyards at la Printse. In the dry fields below its course, it is possible to spot several unusual flowers for the Valais, such as the ononis natrix and feather grass. The irrigation channel then crosses fields of apricot trees that are fantastic to see in full bloom in spring. It passes above the village of Baar be- fore continuing on its way towards Sion through orchards and groves.
Destination: Sion (491m)
Distance: 11,5 km
Vertical metres: +50m, -530m
Hiking time: 3h
Restaurants and pubs: Beuson, Baar, Pravidondaz, Sion