Scrub at Els Rogerets: la Vilella Baixa
A route on slate hillsides, punctuated with red sandstone and limestone, beneath the cliffs of Els Montalts. This is a hot, dry place in summer, with soils that allow rainfall to drain away quickly and make life very hard for plants.
Flora route: Scrub at Els Rogerets
La Vilella Baixa
Height difference: 100 m, from 240 to 340 m.
Starting point: bend in the T-702 road close to the Cantó del Barrot, at the top of the village. Return to the same place.
Time to allow: ¾ hour walking; stopping time must be added to this.
Length of the route: 2 km.
Recommendations: the route can be followed at any time of year, but especially in winter and spring, when many species typical of scrub flower; times of day when the sun is high in summer are not recommended. Footwear suitable for walking on paths should be worn.
Route: for much of the way it follows route III of the La Vilella Baixa marked paths: Sender del Peu de la Roca (Foot of the Rock Path).
The T-702 road that passes round the top of the village of La Vilella Baixa bends sharply where it goes over the Rogerets stream bed. Here there is a signpost put up by Turisme de Catalunya. Take the path that goes up the left-hand side of the stream bed. You pass some abandoned hillside vineyards and fields |1| |2|. The path winds up into some open woodland |3|. After crossing the stream bed you come to another signpost. A path to the left continues to climb to the foot of Els Rogerets. You then come to a small pass that separates Els Rogerets from the Punta de les Fiblotes. From here you have the option of taking a look at the geological formation of Els Rogerets; a small path going off to the left from the pass takes you there. Carrying on along the wide track brings you to another signpost.
To get back to your starting point, take the stone-paved path to the right, going down the left-hand side of the stream bed |4| to the place where it meets the Els Pics stream bed, which you should follow, first down the bed and then on the right-hand side. You will pass one of the few areas of natural vegetation that has survived different fires. The path descends gradually, though gaining height in relation to the stream bed, which can be seen nestling in the bottom of the valley |5|. Zig-zag steeply downhill and you will soon come back to the road.