We started our walk from the mountain village of Sella and followed a track along terraces to the rear of the village. We saw old irrigation channels similar to the levadas in Madeira. The sluice gates to each plot of land were only opened on certain days on payment of the appropriate fee. These channels are no longer in use and water is now carried by plastic pipes.
We crossed the road leading to the village and began to walk into the Val de L’Arc. To our left we could see Sella with Puig Campana and Roldan’s notch in the background.Rising above the village is the ancient Castillo de Santa Barbara and the village church.
We reached an old water mill that the owner had spent several years restoring. The setting looked very attractive with the surrounding trees showing their autumn tints. Nearby we spotted some orchids of the same species that we had seen in the Pinos Valley. We headed further into the valley and as the weather improved we could look back over the Carrascal area towards the Sirventa valley and the Dolomite like ridge of the Castellets.
At the head of the valley we reached the pass de la Rabosa and we could view an old Mozarabic trail, built just wide enough to accommodate a man and a mule.
Our return was along the main path running down the valley. as we neared the end of the walk there were some dramatic lighting conditions as the sun finally came out casting long shadows.
Evening light in the Val de L’Arc