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The mountain ridge of Pontesu

Baronia Barbagia di Bitti e Tepilora
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Informationen zur Tour The mountain ridge of Pontesu

Tour Hauptmerkmale

  • Duration
    5:30 h
  • Distance
    26.2km
  • Altitude
    780 m
  • Altitude
    780 m
  • Max. height
    778 m
A fairly demanding itinerary due to the great difference in height uphill and with a very technical section where it is necessary to carry the bike on one's shoulders, but which offers extraordinary views and a unique ridge of its kind.

Directions

Start from the centre of Irgoli, passing by the charcuterie shop at the gates of the village and from here take the road that runs along the church of Our Lady of Constantinople, unique in Sardinia, a reminder of the Byzantine island. You arrive at a junction where you turn left, following the signs for Ianna 'e Pruna – Sa Conca Isteddata. Continue on the asphalt road for about 2.2 km, finding, in a straight road just before the church of San Michele, a white road that stands out on the left (there are signs for equitour). You continue on the small road, which proceeds on a flat level between courtyards, often bordered by some eucalyptus, starting to climb near a gate that marks the entrance to the forest yard of Sa Mendula – Ianna Neulotha. The climb does not allow for any respite and will be very long and tiring, but it is rewarded by the horizon towards the sea, which is constantly expanding. The road passes alternately through wooded and barren areas, where the constant is the granite stone, interspersed with a few shale areas. Every now and then it is necessary to catch one's breath, particularly at a large water vessel with a splendid view of the mouth of the Cedrino and the distant sea. The road starts climbing again, with some sections cemented because of the steep slope, until you overpass in an area that was revegetated, but that was unfortunately the subject of a fire in the Summer of 2017. Just before, on the right, a small path under some pines would allow you to reach the nuraghe S'Ena 'e Luisone, located in a panoramic position. Finally you proceed slightly downhill  towards the passage of Ianna Neulotha: here the road begins to descend more steeply, but the path proposed here instead proceeds to the right, identifying a climb that follows the direction of a ridge in the reforestation area  now burnt, along a fence. At the top of the climb, ruined and where you will probably have to carry your bike on your shoulder, you come out into a beautiful and incredibly scenic clearing: you are in Cuile Pontesu and the remains of the sheepfold are all around, consisting of some stone fences and the base of a hut. Continue northwards, identifying a stony path that is still not easy to pedal and that passes between Su Palathu 'and Pontesu, a hill with fantastic shapes drawn by blocks of stone, and Punta Su Grabellu, the highest in the area, on the left, marked by a large isolated tree.Bending slightly to the right after a marshy area, marked by the presence of reeds, you reach the drinking trough of Tanarghè and the source of the same name, where you identify what remains of a dirt road coming from the north. You take it, finally managing to pedal even if carefully and going up the hill. An extraordinary panorama appears, occupied for the most part by the mass of the Mont'Albo on the left, while the rest of the horizon shows all the various views that one had appreciated when climbing, but all composed together.And that's not all: in front of the cyclist, a long ridge, covered entirely by a long dirt road, entices a descent that, alone, is worth the effort of the climb. Continue along the road which, at first, is rather rough, then gets better, crossing some pastoral fences in the village of Abba Vritta, where to the right of the ridge there is the homonymous fountain, and then keep a fire lookout on the left. A couple of hairpin bends lead on asphalt to Ianna, from where you can turn right on asphalt to return to the village, or get off one of the many dirt roads.

Starting point

Irgoli

Target point

Irgoli

Parking

Irgoli village centre, in the bus area at the charcuterie shop.

Public transportation

Bus for Irgoli.

Directions

From the SS 131 exit at the junction for Lula, Orosei, Dorgali, then follow the signs for Irgoli.

Source

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