Walk location: A 6 km linear walk from Cóz (also spelt Cós) via Montes.
The walk: Starting at the chapel of Santa Rita we walk along fairly level tracks in open countryside to the village of Montes before making a steep descent into the valley. The descent has loose stones so wear good shoes and bring your walking poles or a stick. As well as the very steep descent there are two shorter quite steep ascents – see the elevation profile above.
There should be some good views from the chapel.
Timing: The walk is about 6 km and with the drive to the start point will take about about 2.5 hrs.
Car meeting point: Meet at the Car park by the Convento in Cóz at 10:30 we will car share for the 2 km drive to the start point.
Deg, Min, Secs: Latitude 39°36’7.43″N Longitude 8°57’22.19″W
Decimal Deg: Latitude 39.602063° Longitude -8.956163°
If you are not sure how to get to Cóz go to the lay-by on the Valado dos Frades side of the A8 auto- estrada roundabout (junction 22) at 10:10 am. See the Notes section below for directions. NB we will not wait at the lay-by so don’t be late. Coordinates for Valado are below.
Deg, Min, Secs: Latitude 39°35’0.02″N Longitude 9° 0’43.70″W
Decimal Deg: Latitude 39.583339° Longitude -9.012139°
Walk start point: The start point is from the car park by the small chapel of Santa Rita on the ridge above Cóz.
Coffee stop: Possibly in the village at the end of the walk. If the church at the Convento is open it is worth a visit.
Notes: Directions to the lay-by near to Valado dos Frades.
Leave the A8 at junction 22 – signed Nazaré & Alcobaça. Turn right at the first roundabout and immediately on your right is the lay-by opposite to a petrol station.
Coming from Alcobaça, go straight across the above roundabout.
Coming through Valado dos Frades the lay-by is on your left just before the auto-estrada roundabout
Contacts: See the walks’ email for contact telephone numbers or send an email from the web site.
Last Walked: 15/05/2016