If there is a region that identifies mushroom lovers, it is Berguedà, with a long mycological tradition and where you can find pinetells, ceps, moixernó, rovellons and llenegues . There are multiple mushroom routes in this area and they can be found throughout the year in different quantities and types, although the quintessential mushroom season is autumn.
Here are 3 mushroom routes located next to our El Jou Nature hotel, explained by Marc Estévez Casabosch, one of the leading experts.
THE TOSSAL DE LA GUÀRDIA (Cercs)
An asphalt path surrounds the entire north slope of the Tossal de la Guàrdia. As we get closer to the northwest face of the mountain, between the houses of La Balma and Caselles, the slope softens and the forest becomes more accessible. The dominant calcareous soils become acidic at the more humid fondaladas. The dominant tree stratum is pine, apparently, but small beech trees appear in the undergrowth and gradually gain presence. Similarly, some notable bears stand out in some places. We find pinetells and camagrocs in abundance, as well as rossinyols, llengües de bou and llenegues negra, as well as murgols during the spring.
How to get:
Leave the Eix del Llobregat at the Cercs exit. Just after leaving the C-16, you have to turn left and cross the axis by an elevated bridge. From there an old road leads to the Tossal de la Guàrdia. GPS coordinates: 42.140906, 1.845375
EL MORRAL (Cercs)
Located in the eastern sector of Fígols, the rocky protuberance of the Morral marks a turning point in this forest, which from this level of 1,200 meters gradually loses its slope and becomes more pleasant to explore on foot. Surrounded by humidity, the forest mass combines pine, beech and oaks, in a vegetal mosaic that appears precious during the autumn. The beech and the trees allow the appearance of mushrooms such as the carlet and the rossinyol, while the presence of the pine is responsible for the fruiting of rovellons, pinetells and llenegues. It should be said that if the rovellons and pinetells are your favorites, it is convenient to climb to the higher elevations, looking for the domain of the pine forest.
How to get:
From the C-16, once you have passed Cercs, be careful not to skip a deviation to the left that leads to Sant Corneli. GPS coordinates: 42.169908, 1.835507
ELS BOSCOS DE BROCÀ (Guardiola de Berguedà)
From Terradelles, we climb the Rotllan planes between meadows and fragments of pine trees. We continue to arrive and leave Brocà behind, while we contemplate the land of the pine with the eyes of a lover of mycology. The forest landscape is a call to the collector, who enjoys finding pinetells, rovellons, fredolics and llenegues blanques, among others. The forest is sparser on the flat and sunny, on shallow terrain, but that does not detract from its potential. If we go into the humid parts, the pines become thicker and allow the appearance of more humid mushrooms such as the camagrocs, the crests de gall or the black llenegues.
How to get:
Between Guardiola de Berguedà and Bagà, going up the Eix del Llobregat, you will find the nucleus of Terradellas. The Camí de Brocà will take you to the forests described in this route. GPS coordinates: 42.252187, 1.911081
Do you want to know more mushroom routes in Berguedà? Know better the types of mushrooms that you will find there? If so, we recommend the new guide "Bolets en route" promoted by the mycologist and popularizer Marc Casabosh and the cartographer Carlos Navarro. The guide includes everything from a manual of good practices in the forest to an in-depth analysis of the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, going through exhaustive information on Berguedà mushrooms and even ideas to cook them when we return home.
PLAN A MUSHROOM OUTLET WITH BOYS AND GIRLS
Going to look for mushrooms can become quite an adventure in the forest when the smallest of the house participate . Playing they will learn to find mushrooms, but also to enjoy nature and respect it. Here are some tips to prepare the mushroom route with children :
- PREPARING THE OUTPUT TOGETHER: explain where you will go, how long you will be, look at the weather forecast together ... They will begin to live the experience before setting foot on the ground. Also see together photos of the mushrooms that you can find on the route and above all explain that you cannot even take those you do not know to avoid a scare with poisonous ones.
- LET THEM ENJOY LIKE CHILDREN: upon reaching the forest, give them freedom to explore in search of mushrooms and celebrate their encounters with them. Give clear safety guidelines according to their age, for example, that they cannot move further than what allows them to maintain eye contact with the rest of the family.
- BRING SOME VISUAL RESOURCES TO IDENTIFY MUSHROOMS: it can be a book, photographs, or drawings previously made. It will be of great help to you during your tour.
- EXPLAIN HOW TO TAKE THE MUSHROOMS: to extract the mushrooms respecting nature and regeneration, and in case you need to use a knife to extract them, an adult will always do it.
- BRING THE APPROPRIATE EQUIPMENT: it is important to wear suitable clothing and footwear for the mountains, a basket to collect the mushrooms, and supplies of water and a snack in case you get hungry (fruit, dried fruit or some cereal bars are a good option).