SHORT WALKS

Weekly Short walks in the Silver Coast region

Valley and Ridge walk from Pó to Reguengo Grande (obi03S)

Valley and Ridge walk from Pó to Reguengo Grande (obi03S)

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Date & Time

Wednesday 01/05 10:00

The Walk

This is a walk by a creek, a water mill and old bridges

For the first part we follow a rocky trail uphill (not steep) to Reguengo Grande, where we can take coffee. We return, initially, down the valley, but then ascend to the top of the ridge and follow a narrow path down the ridge back to Pó. There are fine views to the north along the Caldas valley.

Timing

The walk is about 5 km and is expected to take about 2 hrs

Carpooling is highly recommendend as there are only about 6 parking spaces at the start point. You can use our Facebook page to arrange.

Start point

PlaceCoordinates
39.307337, -9.219089

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

Notes

  • Walk leader: Flynn Wendling
  • flynn@silvercoastwalks.com

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Rio Maior Salinas Walk (RM01S)

Rio Maior Salinas Walk (RM01S)

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Date & Time

Wednesday 24 April 10:00

The Walk

A short walk in the countryside surrounding the Rio Maior salt pans.

We leave the car park and follow a street around the south edge of the salt pans before joining a wooded track heading south. After about 2.5 kms we continue on tracks heading west and then back towards the salt pans. We then make a steep ascent to gain good views of the surrounding countryside. From there we descend steeply into the village of Fonte da Bica and head towards Casal Calado. Finally, we turn onto another track across the countryside to make our way back to the salt pans. After wet weather walking boots and walking poles are recommended for those who need them.

Timing

The walk is about 6.25 km and is expected to take about 2 hrs, plus extra for coffee.

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
In the public car park just outside the Salinas de Rio Maior.39.3636853, -8.9491035

Map

NB.  The red dot on the map above shows the car meeting and walk start point. You are encouraged to car share if you know other people going on the walk.

Coffee Stop

At the Rio Maior Salinas at the end of the walk

Notes

  • Walk leader: Mike Gray
  • mike@silvercoastwalks.com

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Casal Pardo, Cadarroeira (alf19S)

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Date & Time

Wednesday 17/04, 10:30

The Walk

Casal Pardo village and countryside

A fairly level walk with gentle inclines through the local villages and countryside.  Fine views to São Martinho do Porto and the coast.  There is some road walking and the tracks may be muddy and slippery in places after rain.  Good shoes and walking poles recommended.

Timing

The walk is about 5,5 km and is expected to take about 1,5 hours

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
The sports hall in the centre of Casal Pardo. Casal Pardo is just off the N8 to Alcobaça above Alfeizerão39.500674, -9.077907
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Map

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

Coffee Stop

After the walk

Notes

  • Walk leader: Denise
  • 911581248
  • mike@silvercoastwalks.com

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Circular walk near São Pedro de Moel (NAZ11S)

Circular walk near São Pedro de Moel (NAZ11S)

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Date & Time

Wednesday April 10, 2024 10:30

The Walk

Through countryside near São Pedro de Moel and back along the beach

We start by heading inland along sandy tracks before joining quiet roads.  Then we follow well marked tracks and climb to a nice viewpoint overlooking woodland and the surrounding area. From there we descend for a short distance on a very steep, sandy track, through some rough ground before connecting with a quiet road. The road takes us through woodland and leads us to the beach just north of São Pedro de Moel. We follow the beach, and then the coastal promenade to make our way back to the Lighthouse at São Pedro de Moel. Walking boots/shoes and walking poles (for those who need them) are recommended.

Timing

The walk is about 7 km and is expected to take about 2 hrs

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
The lighthouse at São Pedro de Moel39.764446, -9.030449

Map

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

Coffee Stop

At the “Old Beach” en route

Notes

  • Walk leader: Mike Gray
  • mike@silvercoastwalks.com

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Espinheira & Serra do Bouro (seb03S)

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Date & Time

Wednesday 27/03, 10:30

The Walk

The village of Espinheira and slopes of Serra do Bouro

The walk is initially along quiet roads through wooded countryside and a village, followed by a short stretch on a main road. We then make a fairly steep climb up the slopes of the Serra do Bouro – good views – and descend fairly gently to a second village with quiet road walking back to the start point. If it has been raining, there will water on the steep climb, so walking shoes & poles maybe necessary.

Timing

The walk is about 5.5 km and is expected to take about 1.5 hrs

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
Church Square in Serra do Bouro39.455700, -9.180892
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Map

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

Coffee Stop

There are no coffee stops on the walk

Notes

  • Walk leader: Denise Gray
  • 911581248
  • Directions to meeting point:
  • From Caldas da Rainha take the fast road to Foz do Arelho (through the industrial estate). At the rocky roundabout turn right, signposted Serra do Bouro. You pass a quarry entrance on your left and about 1km further on you come to a cross roads. Go straight across – sign posted São Martinho do Porto, Igreja & Cemitério – and after 200 metres turn into a parking area on the left just before the church. There is a bandstand in the parking area. This is the meeting point. The church is in a place called Granja.
  • From São Martinho do Porto go to Salir do Porto and leave the main road by turning left after the roundabout to go through Casais do Salir. You descend into the valley and drive through woodland. As you exit the woodland you will see a church on your right and a village sign for Granja. Turn right into a parking area just after the church. There is a bandstand in the parking area. This is the meeting point. If you come to a cross roads turn round.

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São Bento (sec01S)

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Date & Time

Wednesday 20/03, 10:15

São Bento

The Walk

A circular walk on a high plateau in the Candeeiros

For this walk we will rendezvous at Parque Verde in Alcobaça and consolidate into fewer cars for the 30 min. drive to the starting point as there is limited parking in São Bento.

São Bento is located on the Santo António Plateau, which separates Serra D’Aire from Serra dos Candeeiros. Here, karst, rugged landscapes with unmistakable panoramic beauty predominate, with the added value of having a very rich landscape and environmental heritage.

The limestone nature of the rock, associated with the absence of watercourses on the surface, creates a landscape that gives the mountain a strong personality, both due to the particularities of the natural aspects and the uniqueness of the uses and customs of the population. Water, the source of life, is scarce on the surface – when it rains, it is swallowed by the earth, with only a small part of it being retained in lagoons, sinks and cisterns. Faults, tears and cracks in the rock allow water to infiltrate the soil, entering a vast and complex network of underground watercourses, which run through the mountain internally.

The tracery of the loose stone walls mark the landscape and reflect the human need to protect crops and obtain arable land. The stone-on-stone houses and corrals portray the way in which rural workers and their livestock sheltered, according to ancestral Neolithic styles.

Timing

The walk is about 7,75 km and is expected to take about 2,0 hr

Meeting point 10:15

Because of a lack of parking spaces in São Bento we need to car share! We are gathering in Alcobaça at 10:15

PlaceCoordinates
Parque Verde Car Park, Rua Costa Veiga, Alcobaca 2460-028

The meeting point is at the car park on the opposite site of the road to Pingo Doce, BP Burger King and Aldi.
39.5465, -8.9710
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Walk starting point 10:45

PlaceCoordinates
Igreja de São Bento39.527449, -8.790047
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Map

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

Coffee Stop

After the walk in Alcobaça.

Notes

  • Walk leader: Flynn Wendling
  • flynn@silvercoastwalks.com

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Serra Pescaria and Venda Nova (pes16S)

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Date & Time

Wednesday 13/03 10:30

The Walk

A ridge walk overlooking the sea north of São Martinho do Porto

The first half of the walk is on the land side of the coastal ridge and follows tracks and quiet roads.  For the second half we join the sea side of the coastal ridge with fine views inland and along the coast.  This section has gentle, uphill ascents and follows tracks.  In wet weather there will be muddy spots and wet undergrowth.

Timing

The walk is about 6 km and is expected to take about 2 hours

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
We meet at a roadside parking place just north of a café (Padaria 33). it’s about 100 metres before the cross-roads in Serra Pescaria.39.548981, -9.095844
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Map

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

Coffee Stop

There is a café at the walk end – they would appreciate your purchase of a drink.

Notes

  • Walk leader: Georges Hoeterickx
  • georges@silvercoastwalks.com

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Meu Jardim – Sitio do Monte de São de Bartelomeu (naz06S)

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Date & Time

Wednesday 6th of March, 10:30

The Walk

The walk starts at the restaurant Meu Jardim , from their we walk through the woods around the Monte de São Bartelomeu and return to the place we started. We walk on road or sandy paths , ideal now considering the weather we had the past weeks.

Timing

The walk is about 5 km and is expected to take about 1,5 hours

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
The parking place of restaurante Meu Jardim * 39.5758, -9.0666
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Map

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

Coffee Stop

None

Notes

  • Walk leader: Georges Hoeterickx
  • georges@silvercoastwalks.com
  • Coming from São Martinho do Porto direction Nazaré on the EN242 , you pass a bridge followed by a round about , turn right the first bypass road to Valado dos Frades. After 500 meter there is a small road at the right side (see sign board Meu Jardim), drive to the end of this road. Coming from the Variante de Nazaré, the last round about , use third exit and see above. At the round about there is also a sign baord Meu Jardim.

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Woodland Walk at Casais do Salir (spo07S)

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Date & Time

Wednesday 28th of February, 10:30

The Walk

A walk in the woods near to Salir do Porto

The walk follows sandy tracks through woodland and cultivated fields. The surface is sandy or firm track. There is one stretch of quiet road through Boa Vista and an uphill climb.

Timing

The walk is 3 to 6 km and is expected to take about 1.5 to 2 hrs

Car meeting

PlaceCoordinates
The parking space opposite the Nascer do Sol restaurante near Salir do Porto at 10:1539.490925,  -9.146069
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Starting point

PlaceCoordinates
We will drive 1km to the start point in Casais do Salir39.488792, -9.160047
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Map

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

Coffee Stop

After the walk at Nascer do Sol or Salir do Porto

Notes

  • Walk leader: Flunn Wendling
  • flynn@silvercoastwalks.com

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Lagoon circular near Arelho (lag14S)

Lagoon circular near Arelho (lag14S)

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Date & Time

Wednesday 21 February 10:30

The Walk

A short  walk along part of the south side of the Óbidos lagoon

We follow a track along the edge of the lagoon through mud flats and turn inland to pass an airfield.  After a short stretch of road a footpath takes us back to the lagoon edge and we retrace our steps back to the start point.

The tracks are completely firm and flat apart from a short ascent to a picnic spot near the end of the walk.

Ensure you have protection from mosquitoes if needed.
Bring your binoculars if you want to observe any birds.

Timing

The walk is about 7 km and is expected to take about 2.25 hrs, plus extra for coffee.

Car meeting and start point

PlaceCoordinates
100m along a track which joins the road on the lagoon side of Arelho.39.392359, -9.193294

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

At the end of the walk

Notes

  • Walk leader: Denise Gray
  • mike@silvercoastwalks.com

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