Mills in Alto Aragón - harinero
Torrolluala del Obico
Torrolluala del Obico
is situated near the
Puerto del Serrablo
. Take the main road between Boltaña and Lanave and leave the car
at the parking plot where the path to Torrolluala is indicated. Just follow the sand and stone track
and after a healthy walk you'll reach the branch to the abandoned village. Keep to the other
branch which will bring you down into the valley of the Barranco de San Juan
There will be a smaller track branching to the left which leads to the water.
Cross the rivulet and walk the path against the current. The watermill is nearby.
Alternatively, switch track when you come at the sign which shows the path to Morcat.
It runs next to the azud from where the mill is only a few steps away.
(2) Torrolluala del Obico: the mill still in perfect condition — 1995.
The mill is situated in a meander of the Barranco de San Juan which
is a tributary of the Río Isuala.
The dam (11: black arrows; 12: left) is a rather unorderly heap of stones and
most of the water presently seeps through. Still, the dam holds enough water to
create a long and deep reservoir (11: blue arrow).
The canal starts at the left bank (11: white arrow; 12 right) runs for a few meters
and is then cut. It is possible to rejoin it further on and to trace it until it
reaches the mill.
he canal opens into the embalse (13) which
is shallow and simply contained by soft earthen slopes. It lies
high against one wall of the mill. The outlet (saetín) is situated level
with the top of the walls. Notice: in 1995 the roof was still intact.
Some effort is required to reach the cárcavo at the other side. The situation
hasn't deteriorated as badly as the workplace, but time is running out here also.
(11) dam with embalse
(12) start of the canal
(13) inlet (saetín) in 1995
(14) cárcavo in 2010
The cárcavo (14) is a fine
piece of work. It is wide open with an asymmetric double arch (16).
The wheel (rodete, 15) was fallen to bits in 1995 already, but the scoopes
could still be seen. They are lost now.
The botana with its valve is still in good shape and
the rod to manage the distance between the stones (levador) also.
The roof of the cárcavo hangs dangerously low and finding the milling stones on the floor
really soon won't surprise me.
(15) cárcavo in 1995
(16) arch of the drain