From Saillon to Farinet footbridge
Accessible to walkers of all abilities, this easy route will lead you from the village of Saillon to Farinet footbridge above the Salentse gorges.
- Show on map
Since June 2001, a 92-metre-long suspension footbridge – its super-lightweight structure seamlessly integrated into the surrounding countryside – has provided a peaceful crossing through the gorges of Salentse. From this perspective, hikers can discover splendid panoramic views of the plains, vineyards, hillsides and peaks surrounding the valley. Hans Erni’s famous “Colombe de la Paix” dove, attached to the cliff side at the heart of the via ferrata, keeps watch over the adventurers gazing down at the void beneath. At a dizzying height of 136 metres above the abyss where Farinet died, the footbridge is the final stage of a hike starting from the heart of Saillon village and passing through a number of important historical spots that tell the tale of the famous counterfeiter. It can be accessed by crossing the vineyard in Saillon or from the Les Places bus stop on the Route d’Ovronnaz.