Around the neighbourhoods of Pardines in the shade of serra Cavallera. Route 9 Ripollès

A route around the neighbourhoods of Pardines and its grass plains located on the northern slopes of Serra Cavallera. As points of interest are worth to highlight the Romanesque church of Santa Magdalena de Puigsac, from the twelfth century, the Can Roca

  • Modality
    • By foot
  • Region
    • Ripollès
  • Towns
    • Pardines
  • Time
    • Between 3 and 4 hours
  • Difficulty
    • High
  • Estimated duration
    • 3h40min
  • Distance
    • 9,9 km
  • Hide elevation maximum
    • 1.547
  • Hide elevation minimum
    • 1.136
  • Ascent
    • 599
  • Descent
    • 599

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 we will find the R213 junction Sobre can Roca and continue towards Sant Martí d’Ogassa 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  junction R214 Sobre l’estany de can Roca we will follow the direction of the indicator of itinerary 14 of the natural park that indicates the way to go to Pla de l'Estany and Pou de Glaç. 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 always follow the route, paying attention to the yellow markings, we will go to the source Font de Baix, we will go back and turn left until we find a new junction R215 Pla de Sinan on a bend of a wide track coming down from Portella d'Ogassa. We continue towards Pardines. 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 shepherd's 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.