The Way of Sant'Ellero

The Way of Sant'Ellero
Difficulty Difficulty Hard
Distance Distance 95.98km
Elevation gain Elevation gain 1700mt
Fratta > Meldola > Pieve di Rivoschio > Linaro > Ranchio > Spinello > Santa Sofia > Galeata > Civitella > Monte Vescovo > Meldola > Fratta

5 km after Fratta, there’s a short, easy climb to help you warm up (Montecucco), after which you descend towards the small lakes. At the 15-km mark, the ascent of Pieve di Rivoschio begins. The first 5 – 6 km are a bit tough, with gradients of up 13%, then there’s a section which tends slightly downhill for about 2 km before you face the final 800 metres with an average gradient of 10 %. The descent towards Piavola is fast and quite dangerous. At the bottom, you turn right and follow a series of bends towards Linaro, a pretty village with stone houses. You continue towards Ranchio along an undulating road (more up than down), and then from Ranchio onwards there’s a fairly easy climb over the next 15 km to take you to Spinello, at a height of 900 metres. In the ”centre” of Spinello, you can refill your water flasks (which are sure to be empty) from the communal tap. From Spinello, you descend towards Santa Sofia, and once you reach the main road, you turn right towards Galeata. At Galeata, you can choose to do an extra climb (not in the GPX file) to the sanctuary of Sant’Ellero, but note that it’s only open on Sundays. Inside the crypt (5th-6th century A.D.), you can still see the seat where the Saint used to pray and which is said to miraculously cure back-ache, and the hollow in the wall where he meditated, which is reputed to cure migraines. Continuing in the direction of Civitella and Forlì, you come first to Meldola and then to San Colombano, where at one of the roundabouts you follow signs for Monte Vescovo. The climb here is not very long, but it’s very tough, with gradients of up to 15 %; and at the top, there’s a lovely stone village and a truly amazing view. The descent towards the little lakes is quite narrow and to be negotiated with care, because near the end there are two short stretches of rough track. At the bottom, you turn left and return to Meldola and Fratta, tackling Montecucco in the opposite direction, and although this is just a short climb, with sections at 12 %, it might well feel hard after such a demanding itinerary.

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