Guardiola de Berguedà-La Pobla de Lillet-Montgrony-Castellar de n’Hug-La Pobla de Lillet-Guardiola de Berguedà
This route will allow us to get to know one of the most unknown corners that we find between Berguedà and Ripollès: Montgrony comes from the word Mogrony but that over time and especially due to the use of foreign people has derived the word Montgrony. The toponym Mogrony comes from the Latin mucronio 'nipple', although outsiders have spread the form Montgrony, contaminated by the word mont 'mountain' present in other similar toponyms (Montserrat, Montseny, ...).
Montgrony is a small town that belongs to the municipality of Gombrèn where we find Montgrony Castle, of great importance for the region and with numerous references to the myth of Count Arnau. The chapel of Santa Maria de Montgrony and the church of Sant Pere de Montgrony are currently preserved there.
And if this first part of the route is linked to our medieval past, the second part is entirely linked to the industrial heritage of the last century, where mines and cement left a strong mark on the Berguedà region, which today can be visited in various resources tourist spots scattered between Castellar de n'Hug, La Pobla de Lillet and Guardiola de Berguedà.
The route starts in the square of the Guardiola de Berguedà church, from where we leave on the B-402 in the direction of Pobla de Lillet, going up gently along the side of the Llobregat river. We will cross the town and continue along the same road towards the Merolla pass in a gentle but constant climb. Once we have reached the pass, we will start - with the change in the nomenclature of the road as a result of the change of province - the descent in the direction of Gombrèn on the GI-402, where we will not arrive.
When we arrive at the Garfull stream, we will take a paved road that goes to the left in the direction of Montgrony. We will start to climb and, after a couple of kilometres, we will leave this road to take one that goes to the left, up, in the direction of Mataplana Castle, which we will pass shortly. We will continue up until we reach the pass of the Plan de l'Espluga where we find the refuge of the same name, on the left of the road.
From here we start a flat stretch that will take us to Castellar de n'Hug to connect with the BV-4031 which we will take to the left in the direction of Castellar de n'Hug and, immediately, La Pobla de Lillet in a long descent Once we have arrived in La Pobla, all we have to do is turn right onto the B-400 which will return us to Guardiola de Berguedà, the point where we started the route.
Route number: 13
Town: Guardiola de Berguedà
Starting point: Guardiola de Berguedà, Church square
Ending point: Guardiola de Berguedà, Church square
Distance: 61,5 km.
Time: 3,5 hores
maximum altitude: 1195 m.
height difference: 1345 m.
Signals: Unmarked itinerary