Bassa d’Oles | Bòrda dera Vila | Soquèro | Bassa d’Oles
Distance: 2,3 km
The Bassa d’Oles pond is a beautiful little corner of the valley just a short distance from Vielha. It is an ideal area to spend the day with the family. The little ones as well as the not so little ones will surely enjoy the location. The itinerary suggests a walk around the pond which is surrounded by a fir and red pine tree forest as well as juniper and blueberry bushes. There is usually quite a lot of fauna in the area so be on the lookout for tracks or signs of animals. Don’t be surprised to see a roe deer in the evening. The road leading to the bassa passes through the enchanting Varicauba forest (1). This road also takes the visitor to the Artiga de Lin passing by the Plan Batalher park and the Betlan lookout point.
The starting point is the car park of the Bassa d’ Oles. You will begin the hike up to the left of the Pius Refuge. There are white and yellow PR markers inviting you to follow the forest trail with two short but steep ascents. You will leave behind you to the left the Vila barn (2) leaving the PR marks behind as well at the split in the trial. Follow along to the right (there is a stone cairn or marker) and it easy to follow the vehicle tracks going through the pastures and the rock walls. You will pass by a remodelled cabin on the right quite well situated. This cabin is a good reference point on the return. You will continue along the trail until you reach another cabin and an animal trough while travelling on pasture land and with precious panoramic views. To return take the path back to the previous cabin leaving it on the right hand side. Go through the fields downhill with a small pond in front of you. You will pass by some new cabins until entering a red pine forest where the trail is quite detectable. The trail will take you on a short circuit around the pond until reaching the starting point.
The red pine (pinus silvestris) can been identified with a simple glance due to the orange colouring the bark has and the irregular positioning of the branches at the top of the tree. The red pines grow in lower and sunny areas than the black pine. The cuckoo bird (cucus canorus) is easily recognized for its song. It is a bird which lays its eggs in other birds’ nests, usually smaller ones, so that the other birds will raise their young. The small juniper bush (juniperus comunis) is a perineum plant which is very resistant to the cold and can survive at above 3000 m. They juniper bush is not normally more than a meter tall. It adapts very well to climatic changes and in the winter it gets covered with snow such that it appears as if it has made its own igloo. The berries of the juniper bush are highly appreciated by birds and are used as a condiment in the kitchen. Its essential aromatic oil gives an aroma to liquor such as gin.