Pontboset is made up of many small villages scattered along the middle Champorcher valley. It is crossed by the impetuous Ayasse stream, which over thousands of years has carved out deep and wild gorges, creating very suggestive views. The confluence with two other side streams, the Brenve and the Manda, made it necessary to build numerous bridges, which gave the name of the locality and that characterize its territory in a particular way.
WHAT TO SEE
● The Parish Church of San Grato: it is located at the entrance to Pontboset. Inside of it you can admire the altar and the frescoes.
● The Retempio Sanctuary: it is a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Visitation and to Saint Roch. Reachable in about two hours walking, it can be visited during the processions that take place there in the summer.
NATURE AND SPORT
Due to its morphological characteristics and the purity of its waters, Pontboset is a renowned area for brown trout fishing; you can practice the activity of kayaking along the Ayasse stream and of canyoning in the waters of the Brenve stream.
In Pontboset you can find a stretch of the path of the ravines: after a short walk you can reach the Ratus ravine, which can be observed in the lower part, starting from Frontières, or in the upper part, following the signs from the centre of Pontboset.
More demanding hikes allow you to reach the Retempio Sanctuary, which offers a spectacular view of the Monte Rosa chain and of the Matterhorn, or the recently renovated village of Crest, a stage of the Alta Via 2.
In the hamlet called Terrisse, free climbing enthusiasts can enjoy an interesting climbing wall.
EVENTS AND TRADITIONS
● Processions to the Retempio Sanctuary: they take place every year on 2nd July, the day of the celebration of Our Lady of the Visitation, and on 16th August, on the occasion of the feast of Saint Roch. People leave in the early morning from the parish church to reach the sanctuary in procession.
● Santset festival: in December a dinner in the village centre offers a particular sausage made with potatoes, the santset, and other local specialities with music and various animations.
FOR THE LITTLE ONES
The walk of the six bridges is a not too demanding route that crosses the village’s three streams in several points, thus creating the need to cross six bridges. The itinerary starts from the centre of Pontboset and then returns to the same point.
● Altitude: 780 m
● Inhabitants: 170
● How to get there by public transport: you can reach Pontboset by bus with the line “Pont-Saint-Martin – Aosta” or the shuttle “Circolare Carema-Montjovet” to Hône and then the line “Champorcher – Verrès – Pont-Saint-Martin ” (see timetables on the VITA Group website – the bus to Champorcher seldom starts from Pont-Saint-Martin).
Note - this information is not directly connected to the Cammino Balteo path but it is part of the Aosta Valley tourist offer.