Bisses

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.

Grossi Wasserleitu von Varen - Suone Neuf
Varen Leukerbad & surroundings Switzerland
The Grossi Wasserleitu or Bisse de Varen is sourced from the Raspille; it crosses a glade and runs through the huge rock slabs of Blatte to water the meadows and vineyards of Varen. The Raspille forms the boundary between two language areas, and it shares its waters among the neighbouring communities; the Bisse Neuf also takes water from this river to slake the thirst of those living on the Venthône hills. Grossi Wasserleitu von Varen - Suone Neuf
Varen 16°
Varen 16°

Grossi Wasserleitu von Varen - Suone Neuf

The Grossi Wasserleitu or Bisse de Varen is sourced from the Raspille; it crosses a glade and runs through the huge rock slabs of Blatte to water the meadows and vineyards of Varen. The Raspille forms the boundary between two language areas, and it shares its waters among the neighbouring communities; the Bisse Neuf also takes water from this river to slake the thirst of those living on the Venthône hills.

Starting point: Varen (760m)
Destination: Venthône (814m)
Difficulty: medium
Distance: 10,5 km
Vertical metres: +310m, -260m
Hiking time: 3h
Restaurants and pubs: Varen, Venthône