Mills in Alto Aragón — harinero
on the river Ena, can easily be reached after
an easy walk from the road between L'Ainsa and Arcusa.
The only difficulty is where exactly to
start. Be prepared to cross the river several times.
cabra and tolva
ong time before the mill comes in sight, you
walk with the canal on your left side. I couldn't find the inlet although I searched for it.
Eventually, the canal runs into a well preserved
mill pond embalse with an overflow in the left wall.
Seen from this side,
the building seems in great shape. This impression
will not last when you change position to the other side
of the mill.
Half of the construction has collapsed and the
Río Ena is ready to take more.
It must have been an important mill. It has
two spacious cárcavos. In the right cavity
rests an iron wheel (rodete) (below).
The mill probably couldn't work for a very long
time without running out of water.
The mill pond is rather small, and the Ena doesn't carry much water.
cabra and tolva
cárcavo with rodete
Notice that the crane (grua) is painted in Aragonese blue, which
supposedly keeps the flies away.
The feeding hopper (tolva) was dyed in the same colour.
It collapsed together with the roof.
When we went back to Gabardilla in November
1998 a man was working on the site. It was the
husband of the grand-daughter of the last miller.
He was retired now and had the time and the
firm intention to save the place.
Most important: he had already secured the site.
Big boulders keep the Rio Ena now from eating
more of the cárcavo. There is still plenty to do,
but our next visit might be a happy event.