Ermita de Pallerols Circuit - Nature Trail

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A pleasant afternoon stroll in the foothills of the Els Ports mountains.
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Location of Start - La Senia. 3 or 4 km to the North.
Distance - 6km.
Ascent - 382m.
Walking time and total completion time including any stops - 1hr 45mins, 2hr 10mins.
Start point - Take the Carrer de Tarragon through the town to the north. At the northern end there is a small roundabout at which you turn half R onto Cami de Cementeri a Pallerols. At a Y jnc follow around to the R on the Cami de la Bassa Omedes and ascend a small rise. At a complex jnc turn half L onto the Cami de Pallerols. This runs down hill and crosses a number of “fierce” concrete drains which run across the road. After rising up the other side of a dip you reach a Xroad where you park.

Walk ahead on the road for about 100 m and take the signposted path steeply uphill to the R.  2 mins
Join the road again and continue a few metres to the R (uphill) before finding the continuation of the path to the R but unsigned.  440m, 11mins
Follow this up past some impressive rock towers and through rock bands before joining the road for a second time.  1.1km, 26mins
Continue uphill on the road or a few metres before turning L on the continuation of the footpath. This crests the brow and joins a rough track which continues slightly descending to join the road.  1.8km, 39mins
A few metres along this road the footpath continues on the RHS (unsigned but clear) and ascends above the road to eventually emerge at the meeting place(BBQ) where you continue on the path about 100m to reach the ermita (not very impressive – but with candles always burning).  2.3km, 47mins
Retreace back to the road and descend back to the previous col.  3km, 57mins
Here double back on yourself on a good track which climbs slightly over a rise and then descends sharply for a100m before turning to the L and contouring above crags.  
Follow this descending out to a spur (1hr 8mins; 3.6km) and then on zig-zags down into the barranco bottom avoiding a path at a bend which rises back up the hill heading north. Instead follow the barranco bottom down ina southerly direction.  3.7km, 1hr 10mins
Continue down this until it becomes a track. A little later it turns to the R to drop down towards the barranco.  5.2km, 1hr 32mins 
Here turn sharp R on a concrete road which crests the spur and returns in about 1km to the cars.  

Remember that you use these walk guides at your own risk. Take precautions and if unsure – turn back! 

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