Alcobertas to Arrimal  (sec11L)

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Walk location:  A linear walk from Alcobertas in the Serra dos Candeeiros – between Rio Maior and Porto do Mós.

Originator:  John

The Walk:  The first part is based on a walk documented in the Guia Percursos Pedestres for the Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiras (PNSAC) as walk PR2 – Rio Maior.It involves a long (350m) climb – steep and uneven in places – almost to the ridge where the wind turbines are placed. There is a 1.25 km section of quiet road then another ascent along a track to the highest point of the walk. The rest of the walk is downhill following footpaths.

Timing: The walk is about 11 km and is expected to take about 4 hrs.

Car Meeting Point:  At 09:00 am at the small lake (Pequena Lagoa) in the Centre of Arrimal. There is a large social centre almost opposite the lake. Note that there are two lakes separated by 1 km so look for the social centre. See the Notes section for directions to Arrimal.  Arrimal is about 45 minutes by car from the Caldas da Rainha area.

Deg, Min, Secs:   Latitude 39°29’34.21″N  Longitude 8°52’34.59″W
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Walk Start Point:  We drive to Olho de Água on the outskirts of Alcobertas. This place is a small, open area with a small area of water which is the source of a stream.

Deg, Min, Secs:   Latitude 39°25’35.54″N  Longitude 8°54’20.13″W
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NB.  The two flags on the map above show the car meeting and walk start points.  If you need directions, click on the flag to display the flag text and click on the itinéraire link to open Google Maps.  You may need to zoom out to see the second flag.

Coffee Stop:  Take water. The social club in Arrimal may be open at the finish point.

Notes:  Arrimal is situated to the east of the IC2 main road, about half way between Rio Maior and Porto do Mós. It lies in a valley on the eastern side of the long ridge of the Serra dos Candeeiros hills.

From Caldas da Rainha head for Rio Maior and take the IC2 north, direction Leiria. And after about 20 km turn right onto a minor road signposted Vale de Ventos and Arrimal.

Vale de Ventos is at the top of the ridge and then you descend into a valley to Arrimal. You enter Arrimal at the southern end. The lake (Pequena Lagoa) is at the northern end of Arrimal.

From São Martinho do Porto head for Nazaré and take the IC9 towards Tomar.  Leave the IC9 for the IC2 south and after about 10 km turn left signposted Vale de Ventos and Arrimal. See the paragraph above for directions to Arrimal.

Contact:   See the walks’ email for contact telephone numbers or send an email from the web site.

Last Walked:  30/12/2016

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