Old Ponale Road Path
Old Ponale Road Path
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One follows via Gargnano (Gardesana Occidentale National Road SS 45bis) from the centre of Riva heading towards Limone. On the right before the tunnel, take the old road which once linked Riva del Garda with the Ledro Valley. From there one can enjoy breathtaking panoramas for once in a lifetime photo opportunities.
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machinmad
Yaxley, UK2,490 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This dirt track carves it’s way up the eastern side of the mountains on the lake. It’s a shared track between walkers and cyclists. Be warned some cyclists tear up and down and don’t let pedestrians get in their way.

The track climbs steadily from Riva, never steeply, but a steady ascent. Their are info boards along the way which provide historical context. No facilities, other than a cafe after about an hour’s walking.

Unfortunately this track does not yet connect with the cycle route coming from Limone, but when it does, this whole route will be a fab way to see the northern end of the beautiful lake Garda.
Written October 7, 2023
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Celia
18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Best views of Garda, a must do. I would recommend taking an e-Bike if you aren’t fit as it is a lot of uphill but so worth it! The trail was quite busy so care in needed on the way up and down. Leave plenty of time for appreciating the view and a swim in Ledro!
Written June 25, 2022
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jockywockycocky
Tamworth, UK134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
The wife and I hired a couple of e-mtb's and although she is very inexperienced, she blasted up the track to the lake and back. The "E' mtb's make what would be a strenuous cycle much, much easier and a whole lot more enjoyable.
The track itself is an awesome experience, superb views and very exciting.
There are a few idiot cyclists as expected but these are the exception.
Took about 4 hours including lunch, a cycle around the lake and the descent.
You can very easily walk it and I think this would be equally exhilarating but much slower.
Recommended!
Written September 9, 2022
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mkks1
Israel248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
I went for a morning run and it definitely worths the uphill effort. The trail is well maintained and the views are spectacular.
I went up for 4.5km and then back to Riva Del Garda. A great way to start the day
Written June 3, 2022
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Tiina
Finland90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Super nice views. Great bike and good signs for the route. We took round also over the beautiful Lago di Ledro and had lovely lunch there. Highly recommend👍🏻
Written June 19, 2022
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jdcBromley
Bromley, UK431 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
First off this is a wonderful path (old road) along the side of lake Garda which is used by walkers and cyclists. Views are superb.
We found the bikes really annoying - cycle lane is on the right so away from the edge and bikes continuously cut across so cyclists can take a pic….there are also some sections where cycle path goes through tunnels while walkers stick to high edge - guess what happens!?
Oh and don’t think you are safe on the pavement from Riva!!
Anyway enjoyed it…..
Written May 6, 2022
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Ebony G
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
I travelled solo multiple times along this road and never got bored of the views! I prefer to travel off the beaten path and found myself following small paths off the main track. The most beautiful place I found on this hike was just after Bellevue cafe. Beautiful waterfalls and I was the only person there! Continue straight on the road after arriving at Bellevue cafe. After you cross the bridge and walk a little further, take the first track off to the left (sign says Ex Porto Del Ponale). Continue on this track for about 5 minute and you’ll see some beautiful waterfalls to your left. You can climb down the rocks to the waterfall, just be careful as the ground is a bit slippery. Plenty to hold onto though and worth it!
Written August 31, 2018
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loveholidays1010
Hitchin, UK620 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
Fantastic route along the cliff edge, even for those who may not be very fit. We started the walk late hence could not complete all 7km. The views are breathtaking. Only minus point would be the bicycles going up and down, and some of them are flying down the path. If like us you struggle to find the starting point, park in the Riva del Garda town and walk into the information centre which is right next to the parking area and they will provide you with a map to the starting point.
Written November 2, 2014
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Brichford
Houston635 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Reasonably easy hike that starts from the edge of Riva by the power station... takes about an hour to work your way up to the Belvedere where you can get a meal or a drink and then continue on to other trails. Trail is an easy hike and while you have to watch for the bikers, as others have said, so long as you keep your eyes peeled and stay mostly to the side, you'll be fine. Portions get quite windy at times and dust can blow in your eyes but overall there are no hazards other than a sprained neck from the amazing views. Can be done with children who are used to hiking.
Written July 2, 2018
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e6148
London, UK74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
My boyfriend and I walked this path in the summer. The views were absolutely beautiful, and so spectacular. There is one cafe that we found on our walk, but we didn't stop as we carried on. We took our own lunch and plenty of water so we were prepared.
The views were stunning and I'm not particularly active but I found the walk pleasant and not difficult. Just watch out for the cyclists!

Well worth the trip along the Old Ponale Road Path for the views, and a must visit if you're in Riva del Garda.
Written February 22, 2018
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