LONG WALKS

Two-weekly Long walks in the Silver Coast region

Circuit of Fórnea, Serra dos Candeeiros (sec17L)

Circuit of Fórnea, Serra dos Candeeiros (sec17L)

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Date & Time

Friday February 16 10:00

The Walk

The walk is initially on the flat, and then starts a medium ascent on the edge of the ridge.

The walk is initially on the flat, and then starts a medium ascent on the edge of the ridge. Once on top of the ridge we walk to the edge of the amphitheatre, see photo above, with excellent views down the steep slope. We make a further, steep climb and then descend via a track into a valley and return to the start point.

Timing

 The walk is about 10 km and is expected to take about 3.5 hrs.

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
A lay-by on the right side (N243) opposite a left turn to Alcaria 39.56888150707948, -8.794270865303801
Optional Car sharing from Alcobaça
At the Parque Verde next to Pingo Doce at 09:1539.546318607024844, -8.970233336428308

Map

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

Coffee Stop

After the walk in Porto do Mós

Notes

  • Walk leader: Chris Coell
  • chris@silvercoastwalks.co

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Bezerra Ecopista – Candeiros (sec18L)

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Date & Time

Friday February 2, 10:30

The Walk

Challenging walk to the Porta do Vento

This circular walk is based on the Ecopista track & starts near Bezzera at the location of the old railway station & football field.

The walk start on the easy track. We then ascend to explore the hills with good views across the valley. Returning to the main track – we walk to the end with views to Porto de Mos. A 2nd short ascent takes us to the feature Doorway, before completing the circuit back to the start point.

Optional-coffee/Lunch in Porto de Mos-after the walk (see info below)

Links-Information on https://www.municipio-portodemos.pt/pages/1218?poi_id=201

Timing

The walk is about 13 km and is expected to take about 3.5 hours

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
Campo de Futebol, Bezzera39.5533415342963, -8.843611343906826
Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Map

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Coffee Stop

Coffee/lunch-after the walk-back in Porto de Mos at Esplanada Jardim

Suggest park at Avenida Dr. Licinio Moreira da Silva then walk across The park & bridge to the riverside café,

Car sharing

CAR SHARE as the walk in the Serra Candelros is the other side of Porto de Mas I suggest optional car share from Alcobaca. Try 08:45? And meet at The car park on the opposite sie of the road to Pingo Doce, BP Burger King and Aldi. (39.5465, -8.9710)

Notes

  • Walk leader: Chris Coell
  • chris@silvercoastwalks.com

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Nazaré, Pederneira and Sitio – town and country (naz05L)

Nazaré, Pederneira and Sitio – town and country (naz05L)

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Date & Time

Friday January 19, 2024 10:30

The Walk

Trough town and country of Nazaré and Sitio

The first part is through a housing estate heading towards Pederneira.  After crossing the main road to Alcobaça the route follows the edge of the Pederneira ridge with views over Nazaré and along the coast.  The road becomes a track and descends towards the river Alcoa.  After crossing the main road the route follows a flat track towards Nazaré passing through the Marina before entering the  town.  A steep climb up to Sitio follows followed by a descent towards Praia de Norte then uphill again through woods and shrubs joining a road at the Lidl and Continente supermarkets,

Timing

The walk is about 13 km and is expected to take about 3 hrs

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
The municipality swimming pool parking area at Nazaré39.609112, -9.061011

Map

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

Coffee Stop

Either at the end of the walk or in Nazaré or Sitio en route

Notes

  • Walk leader: Chris Coell
  • chris@silvercoastwalks.com

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Cela Velha to Casal Mota (fam04L)

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Date & Time

Friday January 5, 10:30

The Walk

Cela Velha, across the valley, up the ridge to Casal Mota

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.

Timing

The walk is about 11 km and is expected to take about 3 hrs

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
The railway station in Cela Velha (see notes)39.55310766618746, -9.054858268521956
Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Map

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Coffee Stop

In Cela Velha at end of walk

Notes

  • Walk leader: Chris Coell
  • chris@silvercoastwalks.com
  • 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.

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Óbidos Lagoon (foz01L)

Óbidos Lagoon (foz01L)

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Date & Time

Friday November 17, 2023 10:00

The Walk

Along the lagoon with spectacular views

The first part of the walk follows the road by the side of the lagoon towards the Sailing Club. You return by the same road and walk through Foz do Arelho climbing up to the sea ridge on the north side.  The walk descends to the beach along a coastal board walk with spectacular views of the lagoon and coast to the south.  The final part follows the beach back to the return point.

Timing

The walk is about 10 km and is expected to take about 2.5 hrs

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
Take the road from Foz do Arelho to Nadadouro which follows the side of the lagoon   After about 1 km park at a parking area on the lagoon side of the road.39.424875, -9.210346
Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Map

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Coffee Stop

There is plenty of opportunity to stop for refreshment on the last part of the walk.

Notes

  • Walk leader: Chris Coell
  • chris@silvercoastwalks.com

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Circuit of São Martinho do Porto (smp09L)

Circuit of São Martinho do Porto (smp09L)

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Date & Time

Friday October 27, 2023 10:00

The Walk

Nice walk thrue woodland and coastal tracks

The circular walk is a mixture of woodland & coastal tracks with about 2 km of quiet roads

Timing

The walk is about 10 km and is expected to take about 2,5 hours

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
The cemetery in the Rua das Aguas Belas in São Martinho do Porto
39.51134586916591, -9.132364818799944
Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Map

NB.  Sorry no trackmap available. The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Coffee Stop

In Sao Martinho seafront at the end of the walk

Notes

  • Walk leader: Chris Coell
  • chris@silvercoastwalks.com

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Arrimal, Arco de Memória and Serra de Lua (sec30L)

Arrimal, Arco de Memória and Serra de Lua (sec30L)

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Date & Time

Friday October 13 2023 10:00

The Walk

A long walk from Arrimal in the Serra dos Candeeiros – between Rio Maior and Porto do Mós

The walk is along fairly rough tracks and some tarred roads. The first part (6 km) includes one fairly gentle, but long ascent of about 150 metres in height. We return to the start point and continue the walk on the other side of the valley (7.5 km) with another long ascent to the top. The terrain is limestone with open views along fairly rough tracks and some tarred roads and may be overgrown in places.

Timing

The walk is about 13.5 km and is expected to take about 4 hrs, plus any extra for stops.

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
At the small lake (Pequena Lagoa) in the Centre of Arrimal nearby the social centre*39.492747, -8.876500

Map

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

Coffee Stop

Take sufficient drink. The social club at the finish point is not always open

Notes

  • Walk leader: Chris Coell
  • chris@silvercoastwalks.com
  • * 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.
    • 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 the easy route is the IC9 and south on the IC2 then left through Vale do Ventos.

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Long – Vimeiro Walk (vim04L)

Friday 15th September. 2023 at 10.00 am

Walk location:  Near to Vimeiro (Alcobaça)

Originator:  Chris Coell

The Walk:  At Quinta de Baixo. Head east up the hill on a farm track & finally into a wooded section along the ridge.
The circular walk continues along farm tracks to Vimeiro. Continue through centre ( optional coffee ) then up to a good view point at the 2 x windmills. Returning back down we make our way back north to the start point.

Note – This walk involves a total of over 30 mins. on tarmac roads.

Timing:  The walk is about 12 km and is expected to take about 3 hrs

Total distance = 1184 metres                                                              Total ascent = 230 metre

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Car Meeting Point:  At 10:00 am by roadside parking in Quinta de Baixo – opposite the  Supermercado ” Lavrador “.

Deg, Min, Secs:  Latitude  39°29’25.90″N  Longitude   9° 1’16.18″W
Decimal Deg:     Latitude  39.490527°       Longitude  -9.021162°

Walk Start Point:  The open roadside parking & refuse point opposite the Supermercado ” Lavrador “.

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Coffee Stop :Either in Vimeiro or at the end of the walk.

Contact:   Leader Chris Coell – telemovel  – 933 359485

Last Walked:  30/12/2022

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Barrantes, Coto ridge and Vale do Coto (mat01L)

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Date & Time

Friday September 8, 10:00

The Walk

The ridge at Coto followed by the river valley between Barrantes and Salir de Matos

The walk starts with steep climb through eucalyptus woods to the ridge above Tornada. We follow the ridge into Coto with some road walking and then descend through orchards to the river valley. The track becomes a footpath, which will be rather overgrown and wet after rain, followed by open and wooded land. After walking on the road through Salir do Matos we join a firm, dry track through cultivated land and Orchards.

Timing

The walk is about 9 km and is expected to take about 2.5 hrs, plus extra for coffee.

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates

Bridge in the Vale do Coto between Barrantes and Coto

39.442219, -9.112919
Click on coordinates to open Google Maps

Map

NB.  The flag on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point.

Coffee Stop

There is the opportunity for a coffee stop in Salir de Matos

Notes

  • Walk leader: Geert Franken
  • geert@silvercoastwalks.com

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