MTB through Donato: Purple Itinerary

Donato - Torrazzo - Donato

The following itinerary has identification signposts consisting of wooden poles with purple arrows. Due to its difficulty it is only suitable for experienced and well trained mountain bikers only.
Starting from the square in front of the town hall you take the provincial road in the direction of ‘Andrate'. After about 800 m. take the asphalt road which takes you to the ‘Ruscello' hamlet. Continue along, first on an asphalt road and then on a dirt road , following the ‘Viona' torrent, which you cross at the ‘Ponte vecchio'(old bridge). From here you ascend a dirt track until you reach a crossroads near an abandoned house.(2.5 Km, 15 mins.) Turn left here and cross the field. Pass another farmhouse and go back into the woods . You will then reach an asphalt road which connects ‘Croce Serra' and ‘Sala Biellese' ( 3.5 Km, 20 mins.)
Cross this road and take the path which follows the crest of the ‘Serra' hill and descend to your left , following the path. At the end of the path take the dirt road for about 10 m. to reach the top of the hill. Here you will have to carry your bike for about 6 m. over a rocky escarpment.( 4.3 Km, 25 mins.) On the escarpment take the path which leads to a dirt track crossroads a where you need to turn left.(5.3 Km, 29 mins.) Follow this dirt road until you reach a junction. (6.1 Km, 32 mins.) Bear right here until you reach a wide forest road (6.5 Km, 34 mins.) Here take the first path which descends on the right . After a short descent turn left and enter the pine forest. Continue along this path until you reach a small dirt road where you need to turn left.(11.5 Km, 47 mins.) As you start to ascend the road becomes asphalted and you enter ‘Torrazzo' village and there turn left to arrive at the church,( 13 Km, 52 mins.) . Turn left again among the houses of the village . Descending from ‘Torrazzo' towards the woods the road becomes a dirt track again, when you reach a crossroads(near a gas plant) turn right towards the mountains.( 13.5 Km.) After a steep ascent along this path you reach a small lake . Here you need to turn right and continue climbing until you reach the crest of the ‘Serra' hill.( 14.1 Km, 1 hour 9 mins.) Here descend on a steep forest road and then turn left onto the dirt road which connects ‘Sala' and ‘Donato'. ( 14.9 Km, 1 hour 12 mins.) Continue along this road until you reach a windmill . Here you start your final ascent on a cobbled road which takes you back to ‘Donato'. (17.5 Km, 1 hour 30 mins.)

Destination: Sala Biellese - Viverone, Serra e Bessa - Donato - Torrazzo - Valle Ingagna
Altitude: 697 m.
Itinerary type: Mountain bike
Means of transport type: Bicycle
Start: Donato
Arrival: Donato
Path length: 17.5
Height difference (meters), descent: 400
Time run: 1 hour 30 min.
Difficulty: Mountain bike medium