Short Route Paths
In Osona there is a wide range of short route paths (PR) scattered throughout the region that add to the pleasure of walking the aspect of discovering places and monuments of great beauty and interest. This network of signed trails is an excellent means to get to know a part of our country which is far away from the crowds. PR signals are common throughout Europe: two strips of paint indicate that we are on track; “X” – cut off or wrong road, four strips is direction change. In short route paths the signs are white and yellow.
The PR trails going through Osona are:
Description of the route:
0h. Cathedral of Vic. We leave the Cathedral of Vic and walk through a small part of the old town, passing in front of the Roman Temple, the square of Divina Pastora, the street of Sant Jordi, the street of Mare de Deu of Munts and we will take the recently asphalted road towards the bridge of Bruguer
0h 25min. Bridge of Bruguer. We will cross the river Gurri over the bridge of Bruguer and head towards the hermitage of Sant Jordi along the path next to a polygon until we encounter the Transversal Axis. The indications will lead us on our left in order to cross the Axis. Then we will approach the hill of the chapel of Sant Jordi and Dolmen of Puigseslloses on their left. At the crossroads we’ll continue on the left and after the pool of Puigseslloses we will go on the right under the house.
1h 10min. Folgueroles stream. We will cross the stream and continue to a farm to get to the road which leads to Tavèrnoles in Folgueroles and will take approximately 300 meters in the direction of Tavèrnoles. On the right, before the house of Banus, we will find a signpost that leads us along a track and just right after that a path on the left that leads us to the village of Tavèrnoles. We will cross the whole village passing in front of the Romanesque church of Sant Esteve, Can Colomer hostel and continue in the direction of Roquet after crossing the road of Tourism Place Vic – Sau.
1h 40min. The housing estate Roquet. We must be aware that the path leaves the road and turns suddenly on the right to a beaten path, in front of Can Benerigues. It follows a short but steep rise that leads to a crossroads. We will go on the right till the Plain of Savassona . Above Savassona there is the Chapel of San Feliuet, which despite the fact that PR doesn’t go through it, is worth approaching. The church as well as the views on Sau Reservoir are very beautiful. Moreover, Savassona is a well-groomed place and loved by the members of the Hiking Union of Vic, who ensure the proper use of the space where you practice climbing and where we find Iberian remains. We walk through the whole plane and take a path on the left in the forest which leads to Coll of Passarella.
2h 30min. Coll of Passarella. From here we move on the right. Straight away the trail turns on the left from the main road. Leaving the forest we’ll see the river Ter on the left. We will find a signpost that will lead us to a path that begins on the right. Leaving the narrow path we will find a power transformer which will indicate that we are in the housing estate of Fussimanya.
3h 10min. Housing estate of Fussimanya. As soon as we pass under Fussimanya restaurant, famous for its good meat and sausages, we’ll leave the asphalt in front of the Cottage Vall and the path will take us down a narrow road to Torrent of Hell. Here begins a climb that will lead us to a wide track with another signpost.
3h 35min. Monastery road. At this point of the end of the rise we have to take the path on the left which already indicates “Path to the monastery.” We’ll continue on our left at the back of Casserres. This final section passes through a beautiful forest reserve that will lead us to the monastery of Sant Pere de Casserres.
4h 00min. Monastery of Sant Pere de Casserres. We will reach the monastery after crossing a stone bridge with a mild rise .
Starting and ending point: Font Gran of Taradell (access to Taradell from Vic can be gained by B-520 and also from Malla by BV-5306)
Distance: 14.80 kmTime: 4h 05min
Overall rise: 437m
Signs: yellow and white (PR) and information panels.
Description of the route:
0h Font Gran. We will start the hike at Font Gran of Taradell. It is located behind the church of Sant Genis. Earlier this fountain was known as Font of Sant Genis. It dates from 1790 and springs water through seven metal spouts and a central stone head. We’ll go on through the town of Taradell for about 20 minutes until we reach its end where we will cross the road to go up Collada de Mansa and will take a path that rises between the road on the right and a track that goes up on the left.
0h 30min Pedrera and Creu of Pujol. At this point we will go near an old quarry and under a cross which commemorates the death and burial place of 99 miquelets in 1822. We have to follow the PR marks without any problems until we come to a forked road.
1h 10min Forked paths. We’ll leave the main trail that continues on the left and a secondary one on the right and will take a path that rises up the Cliff of Anvil.
1h 25min Cliff oo Anvil. It is the highest point of the entire route (846m). We’ll leave the path that passes over the range of Anvil and continue under the cliff. Just at the end of the cliff, it is worth doing a short climb to rise until the flag above us where will we see the spectacular views from that vantage point. We’ll pass through the stone of Anvil, which takes its name from the shape it has.
2h 10min Taradell Castle. Although the marked route bypasses the Castle it’s worth turning there. It will take us only five minutes but the views as well as the place are highly recommended to visit. To get there, the road winds between large caves and large boulders.
2h 50min Tomb of Droughts of Gasala. This tomb is a prehistoric dolmen of 1.80 m long and 1 m wide, which is in very good condition thanks to the restoration made in 1981 by Hiker Center of Taradell. But before reaching it we will come across the drought Gasala.
3h 30min Collet Mont-Rodon. We will come over the golf course and will admire the views on the House of Mont- Rodon. It is a Gothic building renovated in 1982 and currently it is in an excellent state.
4h 05min Font Gran. Arrival at Font Gran
Description of the route:
We leave from Gallach House of Santa Cecilia de Voltregà. At this point, where the stream is crossed by the road of Santa Cecilia, the route begins leaving the stream on our left and following the poplar grove where there is Riqué House. On the other side of the river there is the Mill of Guiu. Here we cross to the other side of the stream, where there is a cement house. The course of the water forces us to cross the stream again stepping on some stones, which will facilitate the task.
High in front of us appears Puigví House. At its feet a small stone bridge goes over a stream. On the left side and almost above there is Santa Perpetua. On the right side and very close, the cliff of the Tractor. Following this cliff we’ll find Patera del Clos, and on the other slope Sant Marti Xic and the Castle of Voltregà. At this point water of the canal of Tuta converges with that of Sorreigs. On our right, the House of Angelats. We’ll cross Sorreigs and we’ll go up following the way above us. In about 400 m we’ll cross it again and continue along a field. On our left and a bit hidden we’ll discover an old dam that stops the flow of water. Its function was to divert the flow to irrigate nearby lands.
Following the usual tendency, we have to cross the river again. Now the road starts going upward and we’ll rise considerably above the level of Sorreigs. On the right of the path we’ll find a turning marked with two milestones that indicate a stop towards the Blue Gorge. Upstream from the gorge we’ll also come to the pond of the Black Gorge. During approximately 500 m the path draws a steep rocky slope. Thick vegetation of boxwood and various trees make our ascent more enjoyable. In this area the path is crossed by a stream, which during the rainy season provides the waterfall of Cabrida with water. The water hurls down the emptiness in a considerable fall.
On the right, we’ll find a path signed with orange marks that will lead up to the pond of the Black Gorge. Access is not easy because of the water spring which is there, and because of the steep slope. To follow the route, however, we shouldn’t go down. Nowadays, nothing has been preserved from that place. To have an idea, we must pay attention to the slip of the cliff, which stays in front of us, on the other side of the river. It is at this point of the path there is an esplanade, which might have been the Square of Witches. Beneath the flood it is said that there is a hole of the Black Gorge. At this point the path we follow converges with a new dirt-track that starts in Sant Bartomeu del Grau and reaches Sant Boi de Lluçanès. When we arrive at a dam, on the left bank of the river and slightly raised above the water level, we can see the old Violet House, now in ruins. Also, on the left side of the river we’ll find the caverns of Beuloví. Below these caves there can be seen an old path that went up till San Martin de Sobremunt.
An iron chain crosses the trail and a few meters further we have to change the side of the river again. Above us is the house Moli de Guiteres. A few meters down there still stand the walls of the mill surrounded by hedges. Following downstream, there’s a so called gorge of Guiterons, which makes a nice waterfall. We’ll continue going up and pass in front of the house. At this point of the road we’ll go down on the left by a path that will let a touch the water and we’ll follow along the left bank.
We’ll cross the river to cross it again in about 400 meters above, having left a junction on the left and a chain. We will arrive at the mill of Aumatell, restored and inhabited. To continue our way there we’ll pass through the middle of it till the new track and leaving the House of Aumatell in the background, we’ll turn to a poplar field that follows the canal through an idyllic landmark.
House of Aumatell. After the poplar field we’ll follow the same bank of the river to find the forest track. 150 meters later, a small path on the left will lead us close to the river. We’ll follow it through the riparian forest. We’ll crossed the stream at the point where there is a large willow. The path goes behind the house of Puig until reaching the ring road. We’ll also leave Puig Mill, stuck in the same river and now in ruins.
We won’t arrive at the country house of Puig. The path draws a ring road and we’ll continue to Fosses, which is a large house, beautifully restored and with a chapel attached. Its mill is seen below. We’ll continue in the direction of Cornet house, although we won’t come by it. The house is on the other side and closer to the stream. We’ll also see the mill of Cornet.
We’ll cross the stream of Vilarrasa and in some meters we’ll see a well. At this point there is a junction, which we should take no notice of and continue straight towards Sant Boi de Lluçanès. On the right of the path there is a pig farm of Plans. We’ll turn left towards the ridge of Batlle. At this crossroads we’ll find ourselves in front of the municipal wastewater treatment plant of Sant Boi. In100 m above we’ll turn on the right.
The spring well of Prada is a place of calm and relaxation surrounded by greenery. The hamlet is worth coming by. We’ll cross Sorreigs and continue through the middle of a poplar field to a bridge that allows us to cross it again. Here we leave the old path that went up to Perafita. After crossing the river again we’ll reach the mill of Perenoguera. We’ll take the beaten path in the direction of the village of Corona, crossing the river again. The turning on the left we’ll take us to farmhouse of Fontcendra. We’ll go down to the canal which then we’ll cross over it on a small bridge. Here in Sorreigs, there is a small stream that forms a gorge called the gorge of Cow. We’ll follow the poplar fields and where Sorreigs forks with the stream of Prat and of Casacuberta, we’ll continue on the right.
Following the path we’ll find the spring well of Perenoguera. From here the path is a little confusing. We have to go to a small house of the well beside the stream. We’ll get to the road of Sant Boi (BV4608), turn on the left and continue for about 200 m. On the left there is the entrance to the village of Corona. We, however, will take the path on the right, which goes up the sanctuary of Munts. We’ll follow that zig-zag path that goes up through the forest.
We’ll reach a small hill where we move closer to Munts. Following the trail, we’ll go down a few meters and turn on the left to find the asphalt road that goes up straight to the sanctuary. We are in the sanctuary of Munts, attic of Llucanes and the watchtower of the Eastern Pyrenees and Bages, Berguedà, Ripollès and Osona regions. Splendid viewpoint on Pedraforca, Montserrat, Montseny and all Transverse Range massifs.
This route is a path that crosses the whole town of Torello, just along the river from the point of its confluence with the Ter, in the sports area, till crossing under the railway by a curious mine unfit for the tall ones. Be careful of your head.
Along the river all the time, we’ll continue upriver to the height of San Vicente de Torello, where we’ll separate a bit from the river bed to walk to the house-restaurant of Moli de Viver to follow some meters of the trail that leads to Club Tenis Torello to return to the river bank. We’ll leave the path where it crosses the river to continue upriver passing under the bridge of the road, which links San Vicente de Torello and Sant Pere de Torello, with that of Vic – Olot.
At the height of Sant Pere de Torello we’ll leave the bank of the river again to go up till Sant Pere to go down again by the road of the Ball till reaching a central distributor of electricity from where we’ll go to look for a suspension bridge to cross the river to continue in front of the summer camp house of Moli de la Riera. From this point we’ll continue upstream to cross the river again, this time by the stone Bridge of Riera to continue on the other side, always upstream.
From here we’ll follow the river, changing from one side to the other. Having gotten to the bridge from the ground, we’ll go up on the right to cross the road of Sant Pere de Torello in the Ball following it in the direction of Sant Pere continuing a hundred meters on the right of the track that leads to Forat Micó, going further on the right from Mas la Teuleria.
We’ll cross the river several times, always following the trail that leads to the foot of the canyon of Forat Micó, where we’ll find a very steep slope. We go through the dam of Forat Micó, one of the water catchment of the city of Vic.
Shortly afterwards we’ll leave the trail to follow a short cut, to find the track a bit further, which we will follow leaving the path of Bellmunt on the left until near the house of the Valley. Here we’ll take a path on the left going uphill towards the Torrent of Canemars, which descends from the Coll de Hi Era de Massa, finding natural curiosity of the route, Tosca Degollados, where there is a junction, at which we leave the path of Coll de Hi Era de Massa on the left.
We’ll follow the trail a bit until we find a curve on the left, where there’s a start of a stream on the right with steep flow, from the limit of a magnificent beech area to the Mill Waterfall, where we cross the river to go up alongside the remains of the Mill Waterfall till the top of the waterfall. Then we will find the fantastic Romanesque bridge of the Mill in some meters upstream of the Gorge of Carlins.
Having crossed the bridge, we’ll take a path on the right that goes down to touch the water. To continue a bit further along the river till reaching a point where we will cross over some stones to go up on the right to look for a path, by which we will continue on the left till changing it for a path on the left indicated by a post with different signs.
This trail leads directly to the entrance of the campsite of Vidra and following a few meters more we’ll find ourselves in the foot of the monumental Oak of Creu de l’Arç, where the route ends.
Start and end point: Church of Santa Eugènia de Berga
Distance: 13.2 km
Duration: 3 hours
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Description of the route:
0 m – Start point: Church of Santa Eugènia de Berga.
The start point is the Romanesque Church of Santa Eugènia de Berga, which stands in the centre of the village. To the rear of the church there’s a path where the route begins. It takes you past the Rodona (Round) Fountain, along a walkway that crosses the Santa Eugènia Intermittent Stream and ends up on Carrer Cadí on the Creu del Cim residential estate.
300 m – Crossroads of Carrer Cadí
You continue northwards to the end of Carrer Cadí, where you find a bridle path that leads to a set of farm buildings.
600 m – Crossroads of Comas Farms
Here you take the right turning along a bridle path from which the old brickyard can be seen.
800 m – Crossroads of the Aymerich Brickyard
You continue along a bridle path to the right without crossing the intermittent stream.
1.3 km – Crossroads of the Aymerich Tile Factory.
The first of the two houses is Cal Teuler, where bricks were made from the 12th century until 1950, when the brickyard was built and the forge was closed. You take the asphalted path that climbs up to the cemetery.
1.6 km – Cemetery of Santa Eugènia de Berga
1.7 km – Crossroads of the camí ral (ancient highroad) from Vic to Viladrau.
Once you pass the cemetery, you leave the bridle path and switch to a track on your left, which will take you to the Sala-d’Heures forest, home to the oak trees and boxwood trees typical of the Vic Plain.
2.1 km – Paradís Fountain
2.5 km – Sala d’Heures Reservoir.
You reach the Sala d’Heures Plain, located next to the reservoir that collects the water of the Vilalleons Intermittent Stream and which carried water from a canal to the Sala d’Heures manor house. You cross the dam of the reservoir and continue upwards along the path.
2.8 km – Crossroads of the camí ral (ancient highroad) from Vilalleons to Vic-Taradell.
From this crossroads you can see the Sala d’Heures manor house located 200 metres away on the left. At the crossroads you turn left onto the camí ral in the direction of Vilalleons.
2.9 km – Crossroads
100 m further on from the previous crossroads, you continue along a path on your left.
3.4 km – Crossroads
You skirt around the field continuing along the right.
4 km – Mas d’en Llopart farmhouse
Start of the route of the Vilatorta Airfield. Shelter of the Airforce Staff Committee.
4.6 km – L’Omeda.
Underground shelter of the Spanish Civil War. At this point you leave the bridle path and take the asphalted path.
4.7 km – Crossroads of the Sant Marc Path – Carretera de La Mata (road)
You head in the direction of Sant Marc, passing by Can Discorra (18th – 19th century), a house with a distinctive round water cistern.
5.7 km – Sant Marc
The earliest records of the chapel date from 1535. It was built on the boundary of the parishes of Santa Eugènia and Sant Martí de Riudeperes. To the left of the chapel there’s a monument dedicated to the naturalist Fèlix Rodríguez de la Fuente, who was a very well-known figure on Spanish television for his nature programmes.
You continue downwards along the path towards Calldetenes.
6.8 km – Crossroads of the camí ral (ancient highroad) from Vic to Viladrau.
At this point, instead of entering Calldetenes, you continue along the bridle path that goes past the Can Co and Can Cruselles houses.
7.8 km – Mas Mitjà
You pass behind the Mas Mitjà farmhouse, where there’s a chapel annexed to the house.
8.1 km – Crossroads of the road from Vic to Santa Eugènia.
You continue along a path that starts between the new houses of Isern and is then surrounded by fields.
8.6 km – Can Serrahima
Once you pass this house, you cross the Gurri River and continue left along the riverside path.
9 km – El Mercer.
Once you pass El Mercer you cross the river again.
9.7 km – Crossroads of Els Frares Spring.
At this crossroads you continue straight on.
10 km – You cross the river at the Benages Meanders
Once you cross the river, you cross the camí ral (ancient highroad) from Tona to Vic and continue along the asphalted path to the right of the Gurri River.
10.6 km – Cal Rei
10.8 km – Can Baixeres
Once you pass this farmhouse, you cross the Gurri River, leaving it behind.
11 km – Can Coll
At this crossroads you head along the bridle path on the left that is surrounded by an estate where trees are grown.
11.2 km – Crossroads of the Taradell camí ral (ancient highroad).
Once you reach the asphalted path again, you turn right onto the bridle path.
12.1 km – Hostalet del Bulló
You reach an asphalted path that you cross, passing alongside a house called Hostalet del Bulló, named after an old inn and food shop that once stood here. It was the first shop in Santa Eugènia de Berga. You take the path surrounded by woodland and terraces in the direction of the football pitch.
12.7 km – Sports area.
You take the concrete path on the right.
13.1 km – Road from Vic to Taradell
You cross the road heading towards the village centre.
13.2 km – Romanesque church.