Mills in Altoaragón - harinero
situated deep in the Parque de la Sierra de Guara. From L'Ainsa drive south to Guaso and then until Arcusa. After Arcusa you'll pass the branch towards Mondot
and soon reach the crossroads where Paúles
is signposted. Turn right and at the first houses of Paúles again right towards
Las Bellostas. You'll pass the Molino de Pedro Buil
, the Bordas de Sarsa da Surta, the (invisible) Casas del Gallinero. The road goes uphill, turns right
and becomes level again. That's the point where you are crossing the meridian of Greenwich, thus leaving the eastern hemisphere. Look for a cart track leaving the road
and going uphill. At the same spot is a small place where you can park the car. Make sure to have a map and sufficient water with you. The mill is about a two and a half hour walk away. This is also an excellent walk for butterfly enthousiasts and plant lovers.
Mill next to the Río Mascún.
he mill of Letosa is a humble construction consisting of a small workplace and
a roofed space outside where the pack-animals could rest. (Other mills with similar set ups are f.e.
The roof of the workplace did collaps and the other part
will also soon fall under the weight of the losas
The entrance features a nice guardapolvo and huge borderstones. Two dates are marked: top left
1831 (or is it 1837) and top middle 1869 (or 1868) next to a cross.
Entrance of the harinero
Milling station at the back
Interior seen from the back
The former workplace was rather compact with
a small cupboard and an oven in one corner and one milling station
occupying about a third of the room. Notice the mill stone in the back and the grua
(the crane to lift the stone) in the middle.
The water ran from right (where the embalse is)
to left (where the river is) under the mill stool.
The cárcavo houses one big metallic wheel. Notice that the blades are short and running only
along the outer third of the wheel.
Cárcavo with valve, wheel, handle of levador