The Trail of Time
- Status Open
- Area Val Bormida
From Lake Osiglia to the old chestnut groves.Why a trail of time? For a no rush excursion, where taking a break is the first necessary step to be able to properly look at our surroundings: birds, fish, frogs and toads, colourful flowers, and a wide variety of trees.
The illustrative panels along the way offer several insights including photos of the town that once was before being covered by the lake; a town that is now remembered through old photographs, some of whom were shot during one of the rare occasions when reservoirs were being emptied.
The route "Trail of Time”, from the Manfrin Bridge touches the picnic and Bertorelli areas: the first part of the woods you come across is characteristic and important in terms of habitat being made up of black alder trees, which are not common nowadays as they live only near water, where man has often replaced nature with buildings.
Following the "more yellow" signpost, through pine woods and mixed wood forest, the trail reaches Tecchio Gamba, with its ancient fruit chestnut trees. For those more seasoned hikers, this route can be completed by reaching Colle della Barossa and coming back towards the lake along forest tracks that run through the woods and heaths.
Here is where the streams that, with their waters, feed the lake are born. The flowing water still reminds us of the passing of time, the becoming of things, as a famous aphorism attributed to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus says: "Pánta rhei os potamòs" ("Everything flows like a river").