"Route of Ferro i del Carbó" from Ripoll to Sant Joan de les Abadesses
The Iron and Coal Route, alluding to the important tradition of the forge in Baix Ripollès and the extraction of coal in the Ogassa mines, follows the route that the train used to take in the past. The 12 km of track have become an ideal and easily accessible path to enjoy walking or cycling and to remind us of an industrial past of which we are heirs today. The Sant Joan de les Abadesses-Toralles section worked until the closure of the mines, in 1967. The Sant Joan de les Abadesses-Ripoll section, meanwhile, remained active until its centenary year, in 1980.
- Kilometers: 14km
- Route: Accessible
- Slope: 1%
- Difficulty: Minimal
- Pavement: asphalt agglomerate
- Maximum altitude: 777 m (St. Joan Abadesses)
- Minimum altitude: 682 m (Ripoll)
The route joins Ripoll, at an altitude of 682 meters, with San Juan de las Abadesses (775 m). The entire route is paved and is flanked by vegetation; the total slope is 160 meters and there is a gentle slope of 1%. This section of the road begins at kilometer 9, just in front of the building of the old Sant Joan de les Abadesses station. Leaving the station, about 300 meters away, the track crosses the Ogassa road and begins to climb gently through the Malatosca valley, a tributary of the Ter river that rises in the Cavallera mountain range. Every time we cross a road, a cobblestone on the pavement of the road and the good signage of the entire route will put us on alert. About 500 meters from the station, the road crosses a GR (Great Route) and, shortly after, crosses the road again. The journey is placid and passes without problems until about two kilometers from San Juan, where the Toralles loader is located, which received the coal from the Ogassa mining railway.