Cycle routes

La miniera d'oro della Bessa: Pista ciclabile delle Vecchie Cave

da Cerrione a Mongrando (6,00 km)
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Highlights and tour details

The Special Nature Reserve in  Bessa is 8 kilometers long and has an average width of one kilometer, it  is one of the most evocative archaeological sites in Piedmont. An  open-cast gold mine exploited by the ancient Romans between the second and the  first centuries BC, today presents a mysteriously fascinating landscape with an articulated network of paths between valleys rich in vegetation and pebble dunes up to 10 meters high. It is crossed by 3 cycle paths with a total length of approximately 10 km, mostly flat or with low gradients requiring moderate effort, suitable for the use of mountain bikes; excursions can be made along these routes, which are properly marked, in the spring and during autumn. The Vecchie Cave cycle path is a simple flat route on a dirt road that runs along the Elvo stream, starting from Cerrione parking area (260 m) and arriving in Mongrando, at Cave di Mongrando (310 m). No difficulties, stretches with slight uphills  and downhills with a  modest difference in height, the path base is  suitable for mtb.

 

Points of interest

Bessa’s  special Natural Reserve

Search for gold in the Elvo stream,  www.cercatoridoro.it

All tourist information is available on the Local Tourist Office of the Biellese website www.atl.biella.it

 

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
13882 Cerrione (BI)
Biella
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Arrival
via Per Cerrione
Zona Cava Fiora
13888 Mongrando (BI)
Biella
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Accomodation and services

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Autoservice Biella Centro
Biella | Rent-a-car
Autoservice Biella Centro
Car rental services with driver – MPV and Minibus. Languages spoken: English and French. Our vehicles are sanitised with the use of medical surgical board-certified products.
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B&B Casa degli Elfi
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Casa degli Elfi
Opened in 2013, Casa degli Elfi is situated in the Biellese Alps in Bossola on the provincial Tracciolino road which takes to Oropa. It stems from a love for the land shared by Davide and Monica who escaped from the city to find physical and mental wellbeing among these mountains. Nature has given …
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B&B Casa del Movimento Lento
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Casa del Movimento Lento
Casa del Movimento Lento is a haven for travellers, a place for meeting and sharing along the Via Francigena. In the tranquillity of the B&B, you can switch off and take time out, exploring on foot or by bicycle a beautiful and little known territory. It matters little if you are walking towards …
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B&B Il cortile
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Il cortile
Old renovated farmhouse on the outskirts of Biella just 3 km from the center. The property is surrounded by green countryside with a beautiful view of the Biella Alps and the view of the dome of Oropa. For our guests we have three double rooms all with private bathroom, TV, air conditioning and …
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B&B Il Terrazzo
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Il Terrazzo
The facility offers a large garage for the storage of bicycles, a place to clean them with a pressure washer and a small workshop with maintenance equipment. There is also a laundry and ironing room.
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B&B Il vecchio teatro
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Il vecchio teatro
The Vecchio Teatro B&B is in Mongrando, situated on the hills of Biella, a strategic position to visit not only the city of Biella and the area of Biella, but also the magnificent areas of Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta, Lake Sirio and Ivrea.
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B&B Le lune
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Le lune
B&B Le Lune is located in an old manor house in Roppolo. One spacious room with ensuite bathroom. Garden and private parking. We are also on the via Francigena. Indoor bike storage area and availability of tools for simple maintenance work. Free Wi-Fi.
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B&B Mimosa
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Mimosa
The passion for art gives way to a home that is as warm and welcoming as a blanket, a small and peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A second home where one is happy to return to rediscover how precious it is to regain one’s own well-being.
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Cascina Belsito
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
Cascina Belsito
Typical restored Piedmontese farmhouse, located on a hillside, which is accessed from a private road with indoor parking. Built on two floors, the last floor is an attic and tastefully furnished: parquet floor of chestnut wood recovered from old planks, exposed brick and roof beams make the …
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La locanda di S. Antonio Abate
Biella | Bed & Breakfast
La locanda di S. Antonio Abate
Locanda di Sant’Antonio Abate is located in the medieval centre of Viverone, in a 17th/18th courtyard building restored directly by the owners in a totally non-conventional manner: it faces onto the old main street of the town, now officially recognised as a section of the Via Francigena (and …
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NonsoloMTB tours
Biella | Licensed bike tour guides
NonsoloMTB tours
Nonsolomtb-tours was set up by three friends passionate about MTB, nature and the area of Biella. Their goal is to reveal the beauties, landscapes and small-scale realities of this magnificent territory that is still relatively unknown. Lele, Roberto and Mattia look forward to accompanying you on …
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Santo Stefano SPA Relais
Biella | Hotels and tourist residences
Santo Stefano SPA Relais
Nestled in greenery, in an oasis of total relaxation, strategically located a few km from Biella, between Milan and Turin, the Santo Stefano SPA Relais offers delightful relaxing accommodation where you decide the pace of your stay. As delightful as waking up in the greenery of the Biella …
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