A route through the mining basin of Surroca and Ogassa. Route 7 Ripollès
A route with geological, scenic and natural interests that will let you discover some of the vestiges of the old mining. Along the walk you will enjoy with the waterfalls of Torrent de la Font Gran and wiht the freshness in the Assuca beech forest.
- By foot
- Between 3 and 4 hours
- 3h 20min
- 8,5 km
Hide elevation maximum
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The route starts in Surroca de Baix, a small neighbourhood in the municipality of Ogassa. It is a former mining colony founded in 1870 to provide services and housing for the employees who worked in the coal mines in the area. From the R36 sign Colònia minera de Surroca - Plaça Dolça head towards Sant Martí d'Ogassa. Pass along Mina Dolça, situated across the stream, and climb some stairs up to a coal factory. After a short but steep climb you arrive at “Ca l'Ermangol”, at this point leave the Itinerànnia marks that go upwards. Continue straight ahead along a wide and flat path, an old wagons road, where you can see the old cable station used to lift down the coal from the highest areas of the basin.
You will arrive at the Plaça del Taller square where at the end of an inclined plain you will see a spring and the Pinter mine. Walk up the path, while enjoying the Torrent de la Font Gran waterfalls until you arrive at the same source of the stream. To continue with the route you must walk up to the Prat Pinter colony, where there is a church, a school and houses of the former miners. Here, beside a fountain, you can see again the Itinerànnia route marks.
Walk up the main road following the marks, and then take a wide track until you get to a farm's gate standing in your way. You have to go left climbing up a trail that ends up becoming a little path until you get to the main road once again. From now on, follow this road to the right. You will arrive at “Sant Martí de Surroca”, a Romanesque church from the 11th century, and worth a visit. Continue along the same road, ignoring any detour, until you arrive at the R38 sign Coll de la Creu.
Go towards Ogassa through Roqueters, carefully following the marks that will lead you to a trodden path while surrounding the hill of La Caritat through the left. Stay on the path passing along a reddish rocky area with little vegetation until you arrive at the wide Coll de Sabè pass. Pay attention to the marks and head right going deeper into the shady beech forest of Assuca. The pleasant and relatively flat trail will lead you to a small pass allowing you to cross over to the sunny side of the mountain. As you rapidly descent towards the Roqueters farmhouse a magnificent view of the southern mountains opens up right in front of you.
Once you are at the R37 sign Roqueters keep walking towards Ogassa through a wide track. You have to cross a pass and go down through a little path amid a forest until you arrive at Can Guillem. Keep walking on a paved trail, always descending, and just before crossing the Malatosca stream, you find the Can Sisquet fountain and the Tontos mine. Finally you arrive at Ogassa, where you return to the Plaça Dolça, starting and end of the route.
You can also take the guided tour of the Mine
Saturdays and Sundays:1st departure at 10am and 2nd departure at 12.30pm
For group visits, times to be agreed, calling 676 052 372 or the town hall 972 720 380