A journey through the northern heights of l'Urgellet,
only suitable for people in very good physical shape, which will take
us to Comas de Burbre, the valley of Santa Magdalena and the woods of
Sant Joan de l'Erm.
first part of this "tour de force" cycling coincides in part
with the routes 41 and 42, that go to Aravell and Mardiscle. Thus, we
will cross the Valira by the bridge of Ciutat, to go towards Aravell
and "Mas d'en Roqueta". From here the track raises high with
decision by a rough, schistose mountain. We will leave on the left the
tower of "Sant Climens", and, above, the town abandoned of
Sendes, that remains on the left. The track gains altitude without becoming
weak. On the right we will find the deflection that would take us until
Sallent, another abandoned town, good sign of the hardness of the conditions
of life in the place. We continue raising in the direction of a repeater
that there is in the crest.
We will go on up to an extensive zone of grass: "El Ras de Conques"
or "d'Ars". The track begins a descent until the river of
Santa Magdalena, that marks the limit between the Alt Urgell and the
Pallars Sobirà. We will leave on the right another track that
would take us towards Conflent. When we arrive at the hermitage go on the river and we
will have to raise towards La Basseta, the refuge of the Nordic ski
resort of Sant Joan de l'Erm, opened all the year. From here we only
have to lower towards the starting point.
The descent, - that, attention, is very long - passes through the
shade of the valley of Castellbò, where there are a pair of dolmens
not far from the track: the one of the "Coll de Leix" and
the one of the "Coll de Jou". Crossing the forest we will
arrive at Vilamitjana, from where we will seek for the road of Castellbò,
leaving alongside the venerable ruins of "Costoja", where
the viscounts of Castellbó were buried. The road will lead us
to Montferrer, from where we will arrive at the base, exhausted but