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Sent - Val Sinestra - Vnà

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423 m
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From the post office in the middle of Sent, we go up through the village as far as the last houses. We turn off to the right at the former skilift building, now a private dwelling. There is a signpost. Now we hike along the shoulder of the valley towards the Engadin Dolomites. Due to the fact that corn used to be cultivated here, the ground is terraced, just like a vineyard. Even today you will see the occasional acre of rye or oats. The steep intervals are not cultivated, and therefore accommodate rich flora. In Summer the flowers are so thick that it is like walking through honey. Deep blue veronica alternates with yellow mullein, with the rather rare purple clover and with tender carnations. Down in the valley, the river Inn winds. In autumn, the mullein and Turk's-cap lily are at their decorative multiple fruit stage. Once they have scattered their seeds – and not before then! – we can pluck bouquets of dried flowers. They will last the whole winter.

Soon we are entering the Sinestra Valley. A wide, unfrequented and unpaved side road leads us through a shady wood. Time to daydream! At the Val Sinestra Inn we cross the Brancla – as the signpost indicates – and walk up what is at first a rather narrow but varied woodland path. Soon we are walking in a clearing full of flowers. Butterflies dance. At the height of summer, fire-lilies are there to welcome us. We do not touch these protected plants. And then we are in Vnà. Are we tempted to go on further down to Ramosch? The slope is famous for its abundant flora and insects.
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Alexander Starcevic
Updated: February 20, 2014
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A Village with a Charm of Its Own: On the steep slope of Piz Arina, the houses of Vnà seem to grow naturally out of the ground, long buildings along the village street. We gaze at the rows of roofs and the little church. This church was built in the latter part of the 16th century. The frescoes of the interior were rediscovered and restored in 1965. Below the church, we notice the rich decoration of a house. Otherwise the house fronts have little in the way of ornamentation. Here and there an oriel window points out of the wall of a house. A Romansh inscription incites our curiosity: what does it mean? Flowers nod from window-boxes and along the entrance way. Each house is an organism, and each is built organically into the village streetscape. The work of man has shaped these houses, as well as the landscape. There are more than a few reminders of the Tirol.

Here and there, beside a house doorway we see the pine-cone logo, that means biological farming. The local people pay their debt to nature!

The dry slopes between Tschanüff and Vnà are frequently visited by nature students. The particular setting and the unique geological situations that are found here provide a living environment for rare insects and plants.Places to eat: Val Sinestra Inn (need to enquire if open or not).

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Coordinates:
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46.817257, 10.336118
DMS
46°49'02.1"N 10°20'10.0"E
UTM
32T 601924 5185723
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Sent - Val Sinestra - Vnà

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Wildlife refuge Sinestra: December 20 - April 20
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Getting there: By rail to Scuol. From there by Post-Bus to Sent.

Getting back: By Post-Bus from Vnà to Scuol (may need to transfer buses in Ramosch Femada!). Onward by rail.

Coordinates

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46.817257, 10.336118
DMS
46°49'02.1"N 10°20'10.0"E
UTM
32T 601924 5185723
w3w 
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
9.1 km
Duration
2:45h
Ascent
423 m
Descent
243 m

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