Around the neighbourhoods of pardines in the shade of serra Cavalleria mountain range. Route 9 Ripol

Region
  • Ripollès
Towns
  • Pardines
Difficulty
  • Easy
  • Medium/ High
Time
  • 3h 20min
Distance
  • 9 km
Hide elevation maximum
  • 1.487
Hide elevation minimum
  • 1.134
Ascent
  • 525
Descent
  • 525

The route begins in Padró square near the R130 sign Pardines. You pass near the old town castle, alongside the church of “Sant Esteve”. Both buildings were part of the ancient walls that once encircled the medieval town. This can be seen in the Romanesque apse of the church, which together with the bell tower once had defensive functions. Go down the main street and follow Camprodon street where you find the R131 sign Camí Ramader.

Keep walking on this ancient livestock road towards the bottom of the valley passing through the scattered neighbourhood of Llavanera. Cross the Segadell river by the “Molí d'en Roca” bridge where you find the R121 sign Vilaró. Head towards “Sant Martí de Surroca” following the old livestock road which after a steep climb will take you to the parish of Puigsac, where you can visit the Romanesque church of “Santa Magdalena”.

Leave the church behind and continue walking uphill leaving the big farm of “Can Roca” on your left. Some meters higher before crossing a stream, you have to leave the road to take a livestock path that climbs up through some fields to meet again the road in which you were walking just a while earlier. Continue up the road until you arrive at a marked junction indicating the ways to go to Pla de l'Estany ”and “Pou de Glaç”. Leave the Itinerànnia route to head towards “Pla de l'Estany following a wide trail. After a few minutes you will get to the “Can Roca” pond, where an information panel explains the important ecological values of these wetlands. To visit the ice well you have to go to the other side of the pond following any of the livestock paths.

At the end of the lake the route leaves the trail that you were following to go right across some fields. After crossing them you have to take a clear path that will lead you to “Pla de Bardina”, a flat area from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Puigmal peak (2,911m) and its neighbouring mountains. You will come across the Itinerànnia marks again on a bend of a wide track coming down from “Portella d'Ogassa”. You must go down following this track parallel to a stream (Torrent del Vilaró). After a few meters you have to leave the track to take a path on your left that crosses the stream. In a short but steep climb you arrive at “Coll del Bac”, and further up at the remains of a shepherds hut. Start descending through a hill known as “Serra de Can Dulsat”. In an open area the path turns left and enters into a shady forest.

The way down through this path is fast and clear, and will lead you to another flat area above “Can Dulsat” farm, where you will find a second information panel, providing orientation guidance. Continue along the ridge quickly descending to find a paved road leading to “Can Dulsat”. A few meters further down you will arrive at a junction with a road coming from the “Vilaró” farm.

At this point, if you do not want to backtrack to Pardines and with spare time and energy, you can follow the trail to your left which after crossing the river climbs up to R129 sign Mas Ventós, and from here finally climb up to Pardines. However, the proposed route passes near the “Vilaró” farm and follows a path going down to the bridge of “Molí de Can Roca” where you will find again the R121 sign. From here, just backtrack to Pardines to the starting point of the route.