Women in Tuixent and throughout the Vansa Valley found in their knowledge of the medicinal uses of plants - orally transmitted since time immemorial - a way to survive in these rough lands. For days, weeks, and even months, they roamed the grassy, oil-cured walking paths they had collected and prepared. This itinerary is inspired by these women, and leaving Tuixent itself, he intends to discover the Valley of La Mola and the diversity of medicinal plants that it hosts, through an interpretative tour that allows you to discover through a small identification plates, a lot of plants and their uses.
The route begins in front of the Museum of the Trementinaires de Tuixent following the white and red marks (GR 150) towards the center of Flora and Botanical Garden of the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. You will pass in front of this center where it is advisable to stop and pay a visit. To continue the route, follow the path that goes directly in front of the Botanical Gardens, a traditional path exposed by the dry stone walls that support and delimit it. Shortly after you find a fork in the path, continue on the GR 150 towards Gósol. The path connects with a track that descends to the sports center, follow the road, cross it and continue on the paved track that goes just in front. Before reaching a farm, continue on the road on the right, and continue parallel to the road, but now above it. If you turn around you will see the village of Tuixent and how the Vansa valley opens at your feet.
Just before reaching the road, you will come to a track in good condition that you have to follow east. Once you have crossed the fence that forbids access by car, there is the initial panel of the interpretative itinerary of the route of medicinal plants. From this point you just have to take yourself on this pleasant walk of gentle unevenness, which goes up the river La Mola. You will be able to discover the various plants that inhabit it. Of course, if you take the route in spring you will find most of the flowering plants in their prime. However, even if this is a time of year when some do not even have the aerial part, you can come up with an idea thanks to the illustrations you will find on the interpretative plates with the corresponding explanations.
You will arrive at a wider area where you can still see the remains of the Cortal d'en Jaume and just after crossing the river La Mola, those of the Molí de Ciment. From this point the path continues along the right bank of the river. Continuing the interpretative route, now through a more leafy forest area, you will arrive at the recreational area of the Planells del Sastró; midpoint of your route.
The fountain that springs from here generously has a set of tables and barbecues installed, which can be a good resting place before you start off. Even if you have left you wanting to discover, before continuing, you can take the short tour of the self-interpreted arboretum proposed from the Natural Park of Cadí Moixeró; also a series of information boards will help you identify the trees and shrubs of this riverside forest.
When you want to start your return, you must follow the forest path to the recreational area, downstream. This path is known as the path of the shady name that gives it its orientation, much less exposed to the sun than where you have gone up. It is a very gentle and pleasant descent through the pine forest with boxwood, which is slowly opening, showing the trace of the uphill path and the old cultivated bays on the other side of the river.
You will take the road on the bridge of Regatell. On the left you can see the sink of a currently dry spring. Cross the river across the road bridge, then you will immediately identify the road where you came from. Follow it until almost the entrance to the village, where you can rest on one of the benches installed and let yourself be amazed by this enchanting landscape. On this occasion, the entrance to the village is proposed to be done along the old royal road, well delimited by dry stone walls and with considerable width, indicating the importance that it had in ancient times. Once you cross the road, the access to the town center is direct, before entering the square, on the left you will find a fountain with trough, with an inscription of 1858, which can still be used to cool off before finishing the route.
Route number: T1
Distance: 7,5 Km
Time: 2 h.
maximum altitude: 1322 m.
height difference: 200 m.
Cartography: 45-Parc Natural del Cadí-Moixeró W. 1:25.000. Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya. Serra del Cadí - Pedraforca 1:25.000. Editorial Alpina