Itinerary by Batlliu, Sort


Route record

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Minimum altitude: 700m
  • Starting/arrival: Sort - Hotel Les Brases
  • Total distance: 12.8 km
  • Total ascent: 720m
  • Nearest town: Sort
  • Maximum altitude: 1304 m
  • Total time: 3:50h

DESCRIPTION OF THE ROUTE

A circular route of 12.8 km in length in which visited the small towns that are scattered in the mountains in the area known as the Batlliu of Sort. The departure and arrival point of the route is in the village of Sort. 
From Sort visited, in order, the following villages: Olp, Pujalt, Enviny and Bressui. The route is well signposted and runs at all times well-conditioned paths and roads, often defined by ancient dry stone walls.

Sort to Olp the road is uphill. The section between Olp and Enviny mountain flanks and runs through level ground or gentle climb. From Sort Enviny to Bressui and the way is downhill. The circular route through the Batlliu Sort brings us to a wonderful country full of history.

We discover tiny houses cores located on rocky crags, gently sloping meadows defined by traditional dry stone walls, forests of oak, hackberry and maple, and enjoy great views of the valley of the Noguera Pallaresa river and Orri turret. A beautiful route that allows us to discover a rather unknown area culd that has great natural, scenic and historical interest!

MORE INFORMATION

Duration: Half day
Total actual time (without stops): 3: 50h Total: 1: 15h to climb from Sort to Olp, 0: 45h to go from Olp to Pujalt, 0: 50h to go to Enviny Pujalt (visiting the hermitage of Sant Roc ) and 1: 00h to lose Enviny to Sort through Bressui.
Total ascent: 720m
Difficulty: Medium. It is a route that presents no technical difficulty. We classify the tour on the degree of difficulty "average" but the cumulative gap to be overcome is over 600m.
Season: All year.
Material: Nothing special.
Cartography:
Natural Park of the High Pyrenees. 1: 50.000. Editorial Alpina. 
Topographic database of Catalonia 1: 25.000. I Geological Cartographic Institute of Catalonia (ICGC).
Remarks: The base reviewed in this guide itinerary offers us several options to shorten or lengthen: 1. From Olp can return directly to Sort (1: 00h) on the road that passes through the core Castellviny; 2. From Pujalt can shorten the route and descend directly towards Sort (0: 50h) by way of Borda Peret; 3. From Enviny can lengthen the route to Montardit de Dalt and return to Sort by Ribera de Montardit (1: 45h).

DRIVING DIRECTIONS 

The starting point of the tour is at the Hotel Restaurant Les Brases Sort. Sort we arrived at the C-13. Les Brases The hotel is situated on the same road C-13, just outside the town by its N The C-13 is the main road that links and cross all the people from end to end. Opposite the hotel is free public parking

Travel

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We start the route in the  Hotel Restaurant Les Brases in Sort (0: 00h - 700m), which is located just outside the town (N), on the same road.


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Views of the river Noguera Pallaresa in front of the hotel Les Brases

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We follow Les Brases on the left and we are in the street behind the hotel (and that is parallel to the road). We start on this street, to the right up, towards N, until we find a street that goes to our left on the way up and we reach the street parallel to the road where we go.

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Turn left onto a uphill road. We climbed about 50m along this street and immediately we see on the right the road that goes in the direction of Olp. If we are attentive, we see several signs that indicate us.

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Turn right: it is the road that goes up to Olp. At this point the signage is a bit diffused, but in general the itinerary is well signposted at all times. However, the signage along the route is heterogeneous: in the most important deviations we will find signs of the Generalitat de Catalunya and of the Natural Path of Sort and the Ássua Valley; And along the route we will also find yellow signs - circular metal plates or circles of paint - that mark precisely the itinerary for the Batlliu of Sort.

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Yellow circle that is painted on a dry stone wall.

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Circular metal plate of yellow color. We advance along a path that is gaining height little by little. We passed a cattle fence and left a farm on the right. Throughout the route we will find protections and fences of all kinds for livestock. Livestock is one of the traditional activities of the Batlliu area and the roads that we will continue to use are still used to move herds and access the meadows of pasture.

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We started to gain height.

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Farm left behind on the right.

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Preview: Sort
We walk along paths defined by dry stone walls in the middle of a beautiful setting. We arrive at an asphalted track, we will follow for about 300m until arriving at a new deviation. We now turn to the left following at all times the indications of Olp, well signposted in all the deviations.

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Dry stone walls define the way.

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We continue towards Olp.

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Take the detour to Olp.

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Short section per paved track.

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Lilies (Iris xiphioides).

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We follow Olp.

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We went on a very pleasant terrain.
We are gaining altitude and we come to the 
  Source of Fontanilles or the ravine of the Lleres (1: 00h - 985m), a humid and somber place where there is also a wooden table.

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Source of Fontanilles or the ravine of les Lleres.
We continue climbing and soon we see, to our left, the first houses of the nucleus of   Olp. We leave behind the abandoned chapel of Sant Pere and finally we arrive at Olp Square (1: 15h - 1.095m), where we can admire the parish church of the Virgen de la Candelaria de Olp (now the Purification). Olp presents two well-differentiated parts: the lower part, where we are, and the upper part, which we see elevated above ours and which receives the name of the Force (which indicates the existence of an old castle or fortified tower).

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Here we can enjoy incredible views.

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We see Olp's first houses on the left.

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Abandoned chapel of Sant Pere.

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We arrive at the core of Olp. In the background, elevated houses belonging to the neighborhood of the Force.

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Church of the Virgin of the Candelaria of Olp.
We continue the excursion towards Pujalt, the next nucleus of population that we will visit. We leave Olp by the road of Castellviny (it is indicated) and after about 80m we leave the road behind and we climb a dirt road that goes to the right towards Pujalt.

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Narrow street of Olp.

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Elevated houses belonging to the neighborhood of the Force.

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We leave Olp on the Castellviny road.

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We left the road behind and took a road towards Pujalt.
From now on we will be flanking the mountain on a level ground or in slight rise. After about 15 minutes we crossed a path that would take us on a direct descent towards Castellviny, we continue straight towards Pujalt. This section of the itinerary offers magnificent views of the Noguera Pallaresa river valley, the Torre del Oro (2,439m) - which we have just to the left (towards E) - and, if we look back, the great peaks of the Vall Ferrera.

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We follow direction Rialp.

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We flanked the mountain along a very beautiful road.

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Views of the valley of the river Noguera Pallaresa and of the Turret of the Orri (2.439m).

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Looking back: in the background we see the great mountains of the Vall Ferrera snowfall, among which is the characteristic pyramid of Monteixo (2.905m).
We arrive at a point where the road ends at the road that links Olp and Pujalt. We make about 50m along the edge of the road and almost immediately we take a path again. From this point we can enjoy wonderful views of the beautiful center of Pujalt, where we go, on the other side of the ravine of Estanyalga.

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We make about 50m along the road and take a dirt road (left) again.

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Views of the Pujalt core on the other side of the ravine. The road descends a few meters to the pasture meadows at the bottom of the ravine. We make a few meters by the side of a stream that soon we leave behind. We regain altitude directly towards Pujalt.

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Ravine Estanyalga.

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We leave behind the bottom of the ravine and climb towards Pujalt.
In this section of ascent we find several panels with drawings and explanations of the butterflies of the area. They are panels of the itinerary of the butterflies, a circuit promoted by the Museum of the Butterflies of Catalonia of Pujalt, a center of investigation and popularization on this insect (schedules and more information: www.papallones.net).

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Information panel of the surrounding butterflies.
Finally we arrive at the village of   Pujalt (2: 00h - 1,162m), which is situated on top of a long plateau with cliffs on its northern (N), eastern (E) and southern (S) sides. In Pujalt we find the parish church of Sant Pere, recently built, and the Museum of Butterflies, which is located in the building of the old school of Pujalt, where in 2009 some scenes of the miniseries Les Veus del Pamano, based In the homonymous novel of the writer Jaume Cabré.

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Parish church of Sant Pere in Pujalt.
We continue the itinerary: from the church of Sant Pere (entrance of Pujalt) we walk about 50m by main street to the hostel Ca l'Anton. At this point we turn right and leave the village by the paved road that goes there was Enviny.

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Hostel Ca l'Anton and road that leaves the town in direction to Enviny.
We go about 80m along the road and we turn off a dirt track that goes to the right. We follow the indications of Enviny and the yellow signals of the itinerary of the Batlliu of Sort.

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We take the Enviny road (we leave the asphalted road).

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Views of Pujalt, back to the right.
We alternate sections of trail and sections of dirt track, and we are gaining height little by little.

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Path stretch.Follow the signs and continue along the path of the left.

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Track of dirt track. We arrive at a point where we open the whole perspective on the Montardit valley. The trees give way to a more arid area, with shrubs, bushes and meadows of grass. We are advancing along a path that flanks the mountain.

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Views of the Montardit valley.
We arrive at a point where we find the detour (2: 25h) of the path that climbs to the  hermitage of Sant Roc. We take it and in a few minutes we arrive at the remains of the hermitage of Sant Roc (2: 30h - 1,304m); We will see that only the walls are preserved. From this point, the views of the Orri Tower (E) and the Montardit Valley itself are spectacular!

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Remains of the hermitage of Sant Roc.

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Enviny (right of the image) and Montardit de Dalt (left of the image).
From the hermitage we undo our steps until we reach the path of Enviny where we came before. We continue flanking the mountain until we arrive at the high part of the town of Enviny  (2: 50h - 1,160m). We encircled the first houses of Enviny on our left and we entered its lonely alleys: the chapel in ruins of Santa Llúcia, historic houses, magical corners, the laundry, ... Here also some scenes of the miniseries Les Veus del Pamano (2009). Finally, in the lower part of the village, we find the church of the Virgen de la Candelaria de Enviny (now the Purification).

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We round the upper houses of Enviny on our left.

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Church of the Virgin of Candelaria (or of the Purification) of Enviny.
We continue our excursion by the road that leaves from the left of the cemetery of the church of Enviny, in the direction of Bressui and Sort (it is indicated).

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Entrance to the cemetery of the church of Enviny.

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Take the street that goes in the direction of Bressui and Sort.
Almost immediately we find the detour to Montardit de Dalt. We continue downwards in clear E. direction. We are gradually losing altitude, moving through meadows, areas with bushes, fields supported by dry stone walls and some holm oaks. In some stretches we advance by footpath and in others by dirt track, we have to always follow the indications of Bressui and the marks of yellow color.

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Descent towards Bressui.

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We crossed an oak forest.
We arrived at the top of the Bressui neighborhood. We can go around it on the left - passing in front of a private house - or go down about 100m along the asphalt road and take the asphalted track that enters Bressui by S. In any case we arrive at the lower part of  Bressui (3:30 p.m. - 840m), where we find the church of Sant Miquel.

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High part of Bressui.

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We went down about 100m along the road and took the asphalted track on the left to enter Bressui.

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Church of Sant Miquel de Bressui.
We follow the route towards the town of Sort, which very soon we can see through the trees.

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Continue towards Sort.

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We can already see Sort during the last section of the descent.
We arrive at Sort by its extreme S, specifically we arrive at the street that communicates the road C-13 with the high part of Sort, where is the school, the institute and the castle of Sort. We can either choose to go down the road and cross Sort, following the road, or go up a few meters to the castle of Sort, surround it on our left (by the side of the school) and go down the streets of Sort until we get back to the  Hotel Restaurant Les Brases de Sort (3: 50h - 700m).

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Sort castle. We surround him on our left.