This section takes us from Aigle in canton Vaud to St. Maurice in canton Wallis. Once we leave Aigle direction south-east starting from the Market-Place through the vineyards, we soon will reach the Aigle Castle of the 13th century. Today, it serves as a museum for vintage and vines. Along the mountainside, we get to Ollon, through vineyards first, then in the shadow of a forest.
Behind Ollon, we hike across another height, before we cross a road at the entrance of the village Antagnes, and then reach the «La Gryonne» creek below the village. We follow this creek on the left bank, cross the railway and the highway, and reach the River Rhône a first time close to «Iles d´Amont», and then we follow the Rhône against its flow.The settlemen across the river, with major chemical plants, in canton Wallis already, is named Monthey.
We cross the river Rhône close to Massongex and enter the canton Wallis. At the entrance of St. Maurice, where the road and the river squeeze through a rocky bottleneck, we pass by a castle dating back to 16th/18th century, which serves as a museum for military history since 1815. St. Maurice with it´s Abbey already in the middle ages was an important place for pilgrims on their way to Rome - we should feel comfortable here as well.
Variant A: Here the historic version proposed by AIVF replaces to a large degree the signposted VF-70. It starts shortly after Aigle following small roads in the plain. By avoiding ups and downs and the walk along the Rhône river, the AIVF route is shorter, offering good overnight possibilities in Bex shortly before the Sigeric stopover.
The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the stretch from Pontarlier close to the F/CH border across Lausanne to Rome.
previous atage: Via Francigena: Vevey - Aigle
following stage: Via Francigena: St. Maurice - Martigny
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First published: Dienstag, 7. Juni 2011
Last updated: Sonntag, 21. Juni 2015
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