Farinet footbridge

Place des Remparts
1913 Saillon
Valais | Switzerland
Easy level
Duration from 1h30 to 3h

This time, we propose you a walk in Valais on the heights of Saillon. This itinerary will allow you to admire a part of the ruins of the Castle of Saillon, the plain as well as several summits like the Pierre à Voi or the Dent de Nendaz. During this walk, you will be able to find your way by following the signs with the indication "n°9 Passerelle à Farinet" and at the end "n°2 Chemin des Amandiers".

Our itinerary starts from the Place des Remparts (photo n°1), where a free parking is available. You can also use public transport to get there, as the bus stop Saillon Collombeyres is only 6min. walk from the square. When leaving the parking area, turn right and continue on this path for about 200m. At the intersection, follow the path on the right (photo n°2). At the top of this one, continue also on the right about 170m and take the small trail on your left (photo n°3). Once at the top, go to the right and take the bend. After 6m, take the small path that goes up on your right and, at the end of it, turn right again. After about 200m, follow the sign "n°9 Passerelle à Farinet" and take the trail that goes up on your left. Continue on this same path (photo n°5), then at the top, turn left. Continue your ascent on this tarred road for about 500m, then you will arrive in front of a wooden fence (photo n°6). Cross it and follow this path. After 15min. of walking, you will arrive at the Farinet footbridge. Take the time to admire the view (photo n°7) as well as the famous Dove of Peace by the artist Hans Erni (photo n°8). After the footbridge, you can take a short break, as several picnic tables are available. Once you have regained your strength, continue on the way for about 700m until you reach the hamlet "Les Places". At the end of the houses, follow the sign "n°9 Passerelle à Farinet" by taking the small trail on your right (photo n°9).

Our descent starts here with a first dirt path for about 400m. Once you reach the paved road, go down to the " give way "sign. Just before the sign, take the small dirt trail on the right (photo #10). Once on the tarred road, go down on it for 500m. You will arrive at an intersection, where there are garbage containers. Take the path that goes down on your right (picture n°11). 160m further down, you will arrive again at an intersection with the sign " n°9 Passerelle à Farinet ", take the small stony path. Look carefully at the photo n°12, because it is not very well indicated. From there, you will continue to descend towards Saillon through the vineyards. The way is quite direct and steep, follow the signs "Saillon" or " Hiking trail " (yellow signs with a man). After about 840m of descent, you will arrive in front of a bridge, cross it and turn right (photo n°13). From there, follow the signs " n°2 Chemin des Amandiers " to come back to the Place des Remparts from the heights of Saillon (photo n°14).

General info 

Itinerary proposed by: dogfriendly swiss

Member nearby: No

Circular Itinerary: Yes

Duration/length/height: 2h18 / 6.86 km / +414 m -414 m

Best period: April-October

Public transport nearby: Yes

Parking nearby: Yes

Restaurant nearby: Yes

Stroller accessible: No

Picnic area: Yes

Bench: Yes

Didactic panel: Yes

Viewpoint: Yes

Others: /

Info for the dog

Poop bag dispenser: Yes, at several points along the way

Water (for the dog) on the way: Yes, a fountain near the start and going down after the footbridge, the Salentse river

Itinerary with shaded area: Yes but pretty rare

Indication about the dog (signs or notices visible on site): /

Other: The floor of the footbridge is made of wood, so don't worry about your little four-legged friends' paws.

Did you know?

The footbridge was named in honor of Joseph-Samuel Farinet, the counterfeiter who distributed his money to the poor. He was nicknamed the Robin of the Alps.

What we particularly liked

This is a walk that can be done all year round depending on the weather. The view from the footbridge and the picnic spots are a real plus.

What we liked least

In hot weather, there is not much shade and, in case of rain, the descent can become slippery on the dirt and stony paths.