Route: Armentara 

Area: Alta Badia, Dolomites, Italy

Date of walk: 20th June 2018

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and James

Distance: 7.5 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Sunny 

On another glorious morning we left our hotel in Corvara and drove over to nearby Badia. We then took the Santa Croce 4 person chairlift to a height of 6,070 feet, then the adjacent La Crusc 2 person chairlift to a height of 6,700 feet. From this point the walk was in effect a long descent back into the valley, with a few short climbs along the way. The panorama from the top, and from many other places on the way down, was incredible. 

The purpose of our walk was to see the Armentara wild flower meadows, which were at their glorious best. Unlike the meadows at lower level these mountain pastures are hardly ever fertilised and so a wide variety of plants has become established on the thin soil – there are around 200 species in the area

For most of the long descent we were surrounded by seas of wild flowers – buttercups, globe flowers, cranesbill, clover, and orchids to name but a few – growing in profusion. I’ve never seen a better display than this, it was wonderful. As we followed the easy paths and tracks down we passed by old wooden barns, reminding us that this is an environment partly shaped by man, and the result of age-old agricultural activity

The paths were well waymarked and we had no difficulty making our way back into Badia to complete another fantastic walk in the Dolomites

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