The (Wet) Road to Lago Blu


Last Sunday we decided to head for Lago Blu, an alpine lake in Breuil-Cervinia, Valle d’Aosta. I’ve never had much opportunity to experience hiking before this Summer, and I’m really basking in all of these mountain walks I’m going on. It might sound like I’m trying to excuse the English people here, but it does make such a difference when you’re surrounded by these incredible landscapes, as you – or at least I – want to go out and explore, and we have limited supply of that in England.

St.Jacques (1686m) – Lago Blu (2211m)

Signposted time: 2 hrs

Real time taken: 80-100 minutes

Suitable for all

Definitely manageable for all adults, young-adults, dogs, even children provided you’re moving slightly slower than average, plus the regular hiking grandmas and grandpas were steaming up the path with us too. We arrived in 1hour and 20minutes with an 8-year-old, a 12-year-old and a small dog.

A few snaps once we arrived but the sky was darkening, and as we took our sandwiches out of the bag, the first few droplets of rain began to fall. We quickly evacuated our set of rocks for shelter under a tree where we all ate in silence whilst being rained on. Maybe it’s because I’m English (how cliche) but I didn’t mind it so much. A wet picnic is still a picnic. But then the fun and games were over with the first sound and sight of thunder and lightening, at which we had to also evacuate our tree. The walk back down to the village was wet, slippery and no one felt much like talking. It stormed all afternoon, continuing on the drive back, which was very dramatic what with the combination of a nice clean car and a very wet dog…


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