Bathing pool route. Route 3 Santa Pau
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Start in the square La Plaça de Baix, signpost G29 Santa Pau, and head for the bathing pool, ‘Gorg de Caga-rates (20min)’. Walk through the Cases Noves street and down to the signpost G126 Camí Doma. Continue straight on towards ‘Gorg de Caga-rates (15min)’.
After leaving behind the nal houses of the village, pick up a footpath. Pass over a bridge, pont d’Instints, and continue through the pastures as far as signpost SP1 El Pujol. Here, turn left and into the elds. Cross the elds to reach the river Ser, which you can cross on some basalt steppingstones.
Turn right and follow the path that will take you on your right to the bathing pool, Gorg de caga-rates.
Continue along the path next to the river. Pass the water treatment plant and continue until the yellow Itinerànnia waymarking points you across the river. Immediately you will come to signpost SP2 Can Poteí; here, turn right and follow the signs towards another bathing pool, ‘Gorg Blau (15min)’. Pick up the small metalled road that heads towards the Santuari dels Arcs.
A little before reaching the sanctuary, turn left and leave the metalled road. Pick up a dirt track, pass by an oakwood, Roureda de Pratdevall, and continue straight on. Cross the stream and immediately on your left you will see Gorg Blau.
Once you have visited the bathing pool, head back to signpost SP2 Can Poteí and follow the signs towards ‘Can Cutilla (30min)’. Cross the GI-524 Santa Pau-Mieres road and walk into the Cal Patxet campsite. On the other side, leave the campsite and cross a stream, Riera de Sant Martí, on a wooden footbridge. Follow the yellow waymarking as far as signpost SP3 Pla del Molí, where you should turn right to reach within a few metres signpost SP4 Molí Nou. Here, follow the signs towards ‘Gorg de Can Cutilla (15min)’. Keep on along the dirt track until you come to signpost SP5 Camí de la Clota, where you should turn right and follow the yellow waymarking; after 10 minutes walking you will reach the bathing pool.
Once refreshed, head back to signpost SP3 Pla del Molí and continue onwards towards ‘Santa Pau (40min)’. On this stretch you follow the old cart trail that once linked Santa Pau to Mieres. You reach signpost G28 Can Coderc, where you can turn right to visit the church of Sant Martí Vell in just 10 minutes.
To return straight to Santa Pau, however, turn left along a dirt track that heads through fields and pastures and crosses the GI-524 road again. Continue along a minor road and, just before crossing the river Ser, turn right and pass by a number of basalt columns. Cross over the wooden footbridge and climb up to enter the village through the old walls and back to your starting point.
ATTENTION! Due to the current COVID-19 situation temporarily, the Santa Pau City Council has activated a Pre-booking system to access the pools of the Sant Martí stream.
The car park is located at https://goo.gl/maps/y3fHzomC8fMYBwY76 of the GI-524, to access the pools from this point, instead of following the indications that we have on this route, you have to cross the road and in along the way we will find an indicator of the pools.
You have to make a PREBOOKING
If we go to the right we can access the pools of can Batlle, which are not the ones visited on this route that we propose. We can follow the directions for Route 14 of the Natural Park to get there. (https://en.turismegarrotxa.com/routes-and-excursions/santa-pau-santa-maria-dels-arcs-el-sallent-route-14-parc-natural-282/)
If we go to the left we can access the pools that we propose to visit with this route. To follow the route you have to look at the yellow markings painted on the road. After walking for a while, we find the SP4 Molí Nou junction and we will go right and after a few meters we find the SP5 Camí de la Clota junction, we turn right again to reach the can Cutilla gorg.
To go to the Blau gorg and the Caga-rates gorg, we will have to go back to the SP4 Molí Nou pole, we will continue to the right and we will find the SP3 Pla del Molí pole, we take the direction to the left towards Santa Pau through the pools. after passing the campsite we will cross the road and find the junction SP2 Can Poteí, to go to the gorg Blau we have to go straight on and after a while turn left always following the yellow markings. To go to Caga-rates we will take the direction to the right also always following the yellow markings.