16 July 2014
Bergeries des Pozzi
I bought a small book of the 75 finest coastal and mountain walks in Corsica, by Klaus Wolfsperger, (Rother Walking Guide) just before our short break. On a fairly casual flick through its pages I stopped at one photograph titled 'The wetlands above the Bergeries des Pozzi'. It showed an extraordinary series of individually shaped fresh water pools on top of a mountain. They looked extraordinary and I hoped we'd be able to visit.
So when we arrived in Bastelica and I reopened the book to find a walk nearby I was rather excited to find the Bergeries des Pozzi was just 12km from our hotel in Bastelica. After a hearty breakfast we stopped briefly in the village to purchase water and some food and set off up the mountain road. As we drove up through macchia I decided to stop hoping again to see Moltoni's Warbler. I found a lay-by and crossed the road to view down the macchia covered hillside. A few small trees among the low shrubbery suggested suitable song posts. Spotted Flycatchers were evident all along the road, most feeding well grown chicks. I played the tape of Subalpine Warbler and instantly got a reaction as a warbler churred and croaked in the roadside vegetation. I could hear it getting closer and soon it appeared atop the nearest gorse bush - a Mamora's Warbler.
With a little gentle 'pishing' it was soon joined by a couple of youngsters which gave close views as they came to inspect the odd noises.
|The view back towards Bastelica|
|The last steep section of climb up from Val d'Ese|
|First view of the pozzi below|
|A Corsican Finch takes a drink|
|Corsican Finches fed with Linnets around the boulders|
|Close up one of the tear shaped pools|
|The valley from the opposite end|
After taking in the stunning views and a well-earned rest we followed the guide book which took us to the far end of the valley and rather pointlessly up around a small waterfall onto the hillside, then back down to the pozzi where we had com from. We walked through the cows feeding in the marsh and got wet feet as we tried to weave around the streams and pools.
|The superb U shaped valley in which the pozzi reside|
|Looking back across the pozzi|
|Some of the gnarled ancient Beech Trees in the valley|
|Climbing out of the woods|
|Looking back before the final shallow descent|
We finished the walk along the stream into the Val d'Ese passing many Pigs and Cattle roaming wild in the Valley. Four Grey Wagtail, a Coal Tit and some Goldfinch welcomed us back to the car after the most breathtaking walk I have ever done. It is a truly beautiful and magical place and the changes in scenery and habitat are really impressive - the pozzi are just the cherry on the icing on the cake. It took a good six hours in perfect weather - I fully recommend it.