Ride’s return following the course of the river Ripoll, where the riverbank flora and a pleasant landscape accompany us throughout the tour.
We leave Can Jonqueres following the course of the river and leaving behind the silver effect of the leaves of the poplars. The industrial past of the territory has left its mark in this riverbank landscape. From our carriage, we see the remains of the mill Oriac and later, the mill of Mornau, catalogued as a Cultural Asset of National Interest. We continue our walk beside the river passing by the Teula spring and finally, reaching a small widening of the road where there is an old lime kiln. On a terrace, under huge trees, it is the Plàtan spring and the point of return of our path.
It is a pleasant walk, of back and forth by the side of the river Ripoll, by carriage, a very pleasant way of discovering it. Taking into account the sense of water, we will go along the right margin of the river.
We leave the parking of Can Jonqueres. From here, before we jump on the carriage, we have a good view of the typically Mediterranean river: it has more water at the underground level than the water we see on the surface, but this may present an important rise in case of plentiful rains, which usually happens in Autumn. Towards the bottom part that we see from here we have one of the areas where efforts are being made to restore the riverbank flora, since 2009.
Before we start the margin, we find three specimen of poplars: the poplar is a tree of bank, with very white leaves by the part underneath, which causes a silver effect when the wind moves them.
We climb into the carriage and we head for straight up the street toward the bridge of Castellar. On our left we have some plot with rural vegetation and the remains of industries. On the right, and following the street, there are some good specimen of poplars. We leave the river below, but we can see a couple of points with a slope, where the water is oxygenated when it falls. Here it is common to see a heron waiting for food or any of the families of duck Mallard that have been established in the river from a long time ago.
On the right we will find a walkway of wood that allows us to get closer to the restaurant Can Pagès and to the torrent of Colobrers, a good walk on foot. At this point, on the left we see the remains of the mill Oriac. We pass under the bridge of the road to Castellar and on the left hand it appears the Mornau mill, in very good conditions. It has been declared Historical Monument, as a Cultural Asset of National Interest.
On the right we are seeing the river, with different states of preservation of riverbank flora, especially with many groupings of cane, some poplars and in some points, reeds.
Shortly after, when the road turns slightly to the left, we see the gardens of alder under the forest of Can Déu. To the other side we see some poplars. We go through some banana trees and we see a very artistic garden decorated with original sculptures among the plants. Here we find the spring of the Teula.
From here the left side of the path is now covered with trees: mostly white pine, banana and some scattered holm oaks and oaks. We see a small widening of the road where there is an ancient well of ice and immediately the road makes a terrace on the right, under huge banana trees, where we can find the spring with the same name, end point of the path. Here it ends the municipality of Sabadell and begins that of Castellar. We visite the ice well and return the way back.
The river Ripoll: the river has been used for centuries by the agriculture and subsequently by the industry. The urban growth and industrialization did enter into a process of degradation in the 1950s. Later, in the mid of the 90s, the process was reversed thanks to the development and implementation of the comprehensive recovery plan of the river Ripoll and today we can say that it has recovered the good health and Sabadell has rediscovered its river and the richness of its landscape.
Sant Vicenç de Jonqueres: architectural ensemble that preserves Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. It consists of the building of the church that has the vicarage attached to the West side, and it has the fence of the cemetery attached to the East and midday side. In 1992 it was renovated and adapted to the environment. The ground floor of the vicariate currently houses a craft workshop.
Oriac mill and mill of Mornau: pre-industrial constructions that make the Ripoll river one of the most important basins of the beginning of the Catalan industrialization (18th and 19th centuries).
Of the cloth mill of Oriac (late 17th century, early 18th century) there are only preserved some remains belonging to old buildings from buried services such as deposits, industrial structures, wells, galleries, hydraulic systems and mechanisms, pipes, etc.
Considered the largest 18th century paper mill, the Mornau mill was declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest (BCIN) by the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia since it is one of the most unique pieces of the beginning of the industrialization of Catalonia. The mill is divided into four floors and basement, the 3 upper floors would constitute the viewpoints for the drying of the paper, while the basement and the first floor had the productive machinery in origin.
Spring of the Plàtan: it takes its name from the trees that surround it. The lime kiln and its surroundings are in process of remodeling.
Spring of the Teula: rebuilt after the flood of the year 1962, it currently does not have the tile that had given it its name: a tube of iron has replaced it.
The torrent of Colobrers, the forest of Can Déu or the lime kiln of Ribatallada are points of interest near this route.
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