To irrigate their meadows and growings, the valaisan mountain-dweller went to remote rivers, which took their origin in the glacial period. To bring it where it was necessary, they began to build canals called "Bisses". They cross ravins, cliffs and forests. Some of them have an unknown origin, others were built in the middle age. Some of the bisses became obsolete when others were preserved and still in use today. The Bisses demonstrate the inventiveness and obstinacy of our ancestors and offer some of the most beautiful walks in the region.
Three Bisses criss-cross the commune Ayent on about 70 km route. On the restored bisse "Torrent Neuf" in Savièse, discover the remains of the former bisse as well as suspension bridges in a staggering setting. Hiking maps are available by Anzère Tourisme.
To introduce people to the world of the "bisses" the museum "Musée des Bisses" is open in Botyre
Association du Musée valaisan des bisses
Maison Peinte, Botyre Ayent Case Postale 34, 1966 Ayent
+41 (0)27 398 41 47