Spinas - Bever
Walk 8018

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Canton - Graubunden/Grisons - Upper Engadine

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.0 km / 2.5 miles

Ascent - nominal or unknown

Descent - 110 metres / 363 feet

Time - 0.75 hours

Grade - easy

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A short walk in a pleasant valley with a grand finale. Spinas is the eastern end of the 5865 metre long Albula tunnel which takes the Rhätische Railway from the Engadine valley to the Upper Albula valley at Preda.

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Start - Spinas railway station served by trains on the Albula route between St.Moritz, Samedan and Filisur. Note the train service is not very regular by Swiss standards.

End - Bever railway station from where services to Zuoz, St.Moritz, Samedan and other other stations in the area are available. In addition buses to Zuoz and Samedan also operate.

Leaving Spinas follow the wide path on the south side of the railway signed to Bever. As you walk you will no doubt see trains of the Rhätische Railway with their red livery contrasting with the colours of the mountains and pastures. About a kilometre before Bever the path crosses the railway and continues through meadows into Bever.

At first glance you might be tempted to ignore the village as much of what you have seen on the apporach is of recent construction. However there are many architectural delights within the older part of the village and you would miss a visual and historic treat by not exploring the narrow streets and lanes. As in most villages the church provides a focal point and most of the older buildings which date back to the 16th century are built nearby.

There is no recommended route through the village which makes a stroll a journey of exploration with pleasant surprises around each corner. Having completed your exploration the railway station is located on the main road to the southwest of the church.

As an alternatove you can make this an out and back route starting either from Spinas or perhaps more conveniently from Bever.

Suggested Maps

Landeskarte der Schweiz - 1:50000 - Sheet SW 5013 - Oberengadin - Engiadin'Ota

Landeskarte der Schweiz - 1:25000 - Sheet SW 2521 - Engadin

Oberengadin, Bergell-Puschlav, Wanderkarte - 1:50000

 

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