Sant Roc Cirque - Mountain Trail

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A walk through open woodland with wonderful views above the canopy to the cirque of mountains at the head of the Barranc del Camp and Les Valls.
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Location of Start - Sant Roc ermita close to Pauls village Large parking area with benches and BBQ area.
Distance - 8km.
Ascent - 360m.
Walking time and total completion time including any stops - 2hr,  2,5hr.
Start point - From junction 40 on the AP7 follow the C42 and then C12 along the Ebro valley past Tortosa for a total of 33km before turning off L on the TV 3541 towards Pauls. Pass the large metal Pauls sign and head towards the village to turn L on a minor road just beside the Cooperativa de Sant Roc. Follow this minor road ignoring side turnings to arrive finally up cobbles to the parking area beside the buildings on the LHS. (Bins and BBQ). 

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

Walk directly ahead (S) uphill along the track and turn L at a fork with a sign to Font del Teix and almost immediately leaving this to join a footpath with R/W markers and blue stars. Rejoin the track at a finger post and turn L for a few metres to reach the col l'Ametleral and here swing R on the major track still with R/W marker  440m, 5mins
Only 100m further on at another finger post turn L signed to Massaneres. 500m, 6mins
Walk gently downhill until you pass the end of a plantation on your RHS and where there are open orchards on this side look for a footpath taking off slightly R away from the descending track. This footpath descends quite steeply and then we rejoin a track at a finger post still gently downhill. Reach a junction and turn R soon on concrete 1km, 14mins
Ignore a footpath at a finger post going off to the R and soon after ignore a track going off to the R and also beyond this a descending track off to the L. Now keep ahead on the clearest line soon reaching a finger post signed with R/W markers off to the R towards Font del Teix which we ignore. 2,4km, 34mins
Reach a track junction where we turn L downhill signed to Font dels Ullals (614m!) 2,8km, 40mins
Ignore a track going off L towards a house which you can see across orchards and continue ahead past the Font with its stone picnic tables and then the ruined Mas de Serafi,to reach a finger post with Y/W marker doubling back to the R which we take signed to La Tormina del Serafi (PRC185) 3,7km, 52mins
This climbs steadily to reach a junction with a track at a finger post and we turn R downhill still signed to the Serafi. 4,3km,  1hr 4mins
Pass the Tormina del Serafi which turns out to be a cascade of van sized boulders that have tumbled from the crags above some time ago. (fortunately) An ideal playground for hide and seek! At the next track junction turn R still downhill and 100m further down turn L now retracing your steps on your outbound track. 5.1km, 1hr 15mins
When you reach a bend with the finger post you passed earlier turn L along a R/W footpath soon reaching the Font del Teix and then continuing to climb on the footpath beyond it signed to Col de Ploron. 5.6km, 1hr 18min
Turn R at the next junction signed to Sant Roc (2.1km) and then cross the col and descend steeply down the far side. Reach a track junction and turn R still downhill and then ignore a junction on the R (with R/W cross) and continue a few metres to turn L down the track and return to your car.  
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