Walk location:  From Cela Velha (between Alfeizerão and Nazaré), across the valley, up the ridge to Casal Mota and return.

Originator:  Chris Coell

The Walk:  The starting point is Cela Velha in front of the railway station.  The first part is on quiet roads across the valley through agricultural fields and then a climb up the coastal ridge to Casal Mota. After a short break the route descends by road to the valley near to the river Alcoa followed by a flat walk on quiet roads across the valley fields.

The map shown below shows only the general route and is not suitable for use for navigating the walk.

N.B. The ridge tracks will be slippery after rain and, in places, there may be sticky mud.  Waterproof boots and walking poles are recommended.  Total climbing will be about 150 metres.  Chris proposes a short break at Casal Mota to take in the coastal and inland views, so bring a snack and a drink.

Timing:  The walk is about 11 km and is expected to take about 3 hrs not including a coffee stop.

Car Meeting Point:  The railway station in Cela Velha at 10:00 am. See the Notes section below.

Deg, Min, Secs:  Latitude  39°33’10.89″N  Longitude   9° 3’17.53″W
Decimal Deg:     Latitude  39.553025°       Longitude  -9.054869°

NB. The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point. If you need directions, click on the flag to display the flag text and click on the itinéraire link to open Google Maps.

Walk Start Point:  The same as the car meeting point.

Coffee Stop:  In Cela Velha at end of walk.

Notes:  From São Martinho do Porto and Alfeizerão take the road to Nazaré. Pass through Famalicão and after about 3 to 4 km turn right to Cela Velha. You will cross the railway line after about 1km. Continue on the main road which turns to the left; after about 0.5 km you come to an open area with a modernist sculpture; turn left and you will see the station 50 metres in front.

From Cela Nova go downhill (in a westerly direction) to Cela Velha which is at the bottom of the ridge. In the centre of the village you will see an open area with a modernist sculpture and you will see the station 50 metres in front. The main road turns left at this point.

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

Last Walked:  19/06/20

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