Imatge del Moianès

The Moianès hiking trail, Long distance trail GR 177 - Serene Territories - Pedra Seca Tour

THE MOIANÈS HIKING TRAIL LONG DISTANCE TRAIL GR 177

It is an incredible circular path for hikers, with internal radial ramifications which go all the way through the outskirts of the Moianès region. This trail is suitable both for hikers and mountain bikers, however, for the latter, a high level is required.It has a distance of 115.5 km. The trail can be covered in four days, on foot, or two days, if mountain biking.

The signposting allows the visitor to follow the trail on both ways, from any crossing point and in the most suitable stretches of track. (The route is indicated by the GR white and red markings and wooden signs).

This route is not at all difficult, except during the rainy season, when wading across the river is necessary. Any part of the trail can be the starting point for a good walk, which does not require following the entire route described, or doing it in a single day. Everyone can find a good itinerary, attractive and adapted to their preferences and physical faculties; there are many radial routes and other interesting itineraries in every single town of this beautiful natural area.
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TERRITORIS SERENS (SERENE TERRITORIES)

An itinerary for a peaceful walkThe Moianès long-distance trail is also part of the itinerary that crosses the area of Territoris Serens. Different territories came together to create a brand called Territoris Serens, whose common aim is to support a development model based on the people who live there, fostering the participation and dynamism of the agents and their own resources and embodying "serenity" as the paradigm of the pursued lifestyle.

These territories include the regions of Moianès, Lluçanès, Vall del Ges, Orís and Bisaura and Cabrerès-Collsacabra. Our territories are serene because we want our towns to grow appropriately, we care for our landscapes and give value to the produce the land gives us.As a modest symbol of this association, here is a trail which goes through all the areas; an itinerary for a peaceful walk which enables us to discover why they are called Serene territories.

Technical Features and recommendations:
- This itinerary is meant to be done in a relaxed way, with no rushes, walking along old paths: Ronda del Moianès (Moianès hiking trail), camí de Sant Jaume (Sant Jaume track), old highroads or grazing routes of the Lluçanès region and several short and long-distance trails (GR and PR). We have found different links between them making a single route of 160 km, which we have marked with the distinctive designation Camins Serens. This is a short description of the different paths of the itinerary to provide easier hiking orientation.
- In the Moianès region, the path starts from Monistrol de Calders towards the wild and serene valley of Marfà, following GR3 - except the stretch of Marfà and Molí de Brotons, turning right – towards Moià and l’Estany.

To join up with the region of Lluçanès, we start in l’Estany following the camí de Sant Jaume (Sant Jaume track), up to the top of the slopes of Postius, where we leave the path to walk along the ridge following the blue markings of the Moià-França route. When we reach Fontfreda, we find the central grazing route of the Lluçanès.
- We cross the region of Lluçanès through Olost, Santa Creu de Jutglar, Sant Martí d’Albars, Santa Eulàlia de Puig-oriol until getting to Alpens.
- From Alpens we go towards Sant Martí de Vinyoles, following GR-1. Here, we take a PR that goes through the Boixadors pass and takes you up to Sora.
- In Sora, we continue the PR until connecting with the GR-3. Here there are signposts of the Diputació de Barcelona. We follow the route to Vidrà, passing through Sant Quirze de Besora, Montesquiu castle, Santa Maria de Besora and Bellmunt.
- In Vidrà, we can choose between a 16 km circular route marked as a local path, or continue up to Sant Pere de Torelló, going through Forat Micó and l’Esquirol. We follow the PR on the Cabrera path which connects with l’Esquirol in the Feu mountain range.
- From l’Esquirol we continue following the Abat Oliba path until reaching the top of Pont street. On the left, we take the Foradada path to get to Cantonigròs. In this village we continue on the Enamorats path up to the Ardura plain, and we go on towards the village of Tavertet.
- Once in Tavertet, we continue on the GR- 2.2, which follows the Avenc cliffs until reaching the Rajols pass, taking you on to Rupit.
- Despite being a path meant for hikers, as there are small stretches that cannot be done by bike, you can also find another version of this itinerary for mountain bikers on the web www.rutabike.com. You can download tracks, maps and a description of the route.
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PEDRA SECA (DRY STONE) TOUR IN MONISTROL DE CALDERS

Historic centre – L’Om –Pla de Trullars dolmen – Mas Casanova – Codro Gros

The pedra seca (dry stone) tour, in Monistrol de Calders, is an interesting itinerary within the rural heritage of Monistrol, which is part of the Moianès Ecomuseum.

Throughout this route, we come across many dry stone huts. We will see how the skilful and expert hand of man managed to use slabs of any size to build shelters and huts to keep tools and provide shelter in case of rain or scorching sun. The old stones have been kept and are now shown in the Moianès Ecomuseum, and in particular, on this route.

The tour is divided into three stages:
1st – From the historic centre to the Om
2nd – From the Om to Pla de Trullars
3rd – From Pla de Trullars to Casanova

Outstanding sites of the route:


- L’Om: A very old country house, it already appears with this name in medieval documents. Currently, all that is left from the house is a haystack, a wine press and a well. It was used and inhabited until mid-twentieth century. It was one of the historical farmhouses of Monistrol, a point of reference in the south-east of the area.

- Pla de Trullars dolmen: The megalithic dolmen called Pla de Trullàs is located in the municipality of Monistrol de Calders, in the south-west of the Moianès region, placed in a privileged location, at a height of 571 m. These are the oldest remains of the village.

- Casanova farmhouse: It is of uncertain origin, but it was mentioned in some documents of the 16th century. It was inhabited and used until the end of the 18th century or beginnings of the 19th century. Then it fell into disuse and became derelict, as it can be seen today.

- Codro Gros or Pedró Gros:
a huge stone, a point of reference in this area. From this spot, the parochial area used to be blessed once a year. It is situated next to the path of Granera, which is possibly an age-old path: it could even have been a Roman road, although what we do know is that it is a path from the Carolingian period.

* You can find more information about these routes, along with leaflets, in the Consorci del Moianès Tourist Office ( Joies Street 11 -13 - 08180 Moià - Telf. 93 830 14 18).