Mills in Alto Aragón - harinero
in the Sobrepuerto. The mill, named Molino Cosme
, is indicated on
every map, but not always on the right spot. The correct position is in the at the confluence with the . The easiest approach
is from Fiscal and Bergua. Although you can walk from Fiscal to Bergua, you'll gain
about an hour and a half if you drive the service road up to the end at Bergua.
Drop the car and follow the track towards .
In Sasa, walk to the west, into the valley and more or less parallel with the row of pylons.
You'll find a path down to the B. de la Valle. Keep to the path. You'll cross a first
wooden bridge and later on a second one (walking through the water is probably safer) after
which the path rises above the riverbed. Keep walking to the west and down again. You'll soon discover the mill, or the confluence of both rivulets.
(2) Pastures of Sasa invaded by trees
It is a long walk with nice views, worth every drop of sweat, certainly if you profit from the occasion to visit the village of Sasa with the
beautiful Casa Escartín. Notice how, as there was no water on the plateau, each house had a cistern to store
The yellow stroke (2) indicates the position
of the mill deep in the valley. The starts at the hills in the
background. Cillas and Cortillas are at the other side, invisible from Sasa.
(4) The work floor
The mill is muy ruinoso and is easily
overlooked although in better days the construction must have been rather big.
The roof succumbed but the crane could withstand the blast and the most interesting
part was thus preserved.
here (4) was a single stone-pair below
a round guardapolvo
. The crane is painted blue (like in Gabardilla
The feeder (tolva
), a wooden stepladder and some other things
lie scattered on the floor.
(5) Guardapolvo with millstone
(6) Mill stone from La Ferté
(the vertical axle below the stones) carries a gearbox to power an contraption hidden below the debris. It was probably a torno
used to isolate the flour in several fractions from the bran. We've seen similar things in several other mills (e.g. Villalangua
he piedra de moler
is marked Fabrication * La Ferté
. It is a modern French stone from not far from Paris. The stones were likely carried on a donkey's back
from Fiscal to the mill. Imagine the effort that must have cost.
Read our page about La Ferté sous Jouarre
(7) Barranco de la Valle
(8) Supply channel with saetín
There was no reservoir. A spacious canal runs from the capture point to the saetín. The mill
could only work if there was enough water in the river.
The cárcavo is wide open
and in perfect condition. The valve to regulate the watercurrent over the wheel (botana) broke down.
(10) Wheel inside cárcavo