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PR2 SRT Schist Walking Trail:Pedrógão Pequeno - The Zêzere Trail

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  • Escarpas graníticas do vale do Zêzere
    / Escarpas graníticas do vale do Zêzere
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  • / Rio Zêzere
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  • / Philippine bridge
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  • / Estrada romana
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  • / Moinho das Freiras
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  • / Moinho das Freiras Viewpoint
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  • / Moinho das Freiras
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  • / Moinho das Freiras Tunnel
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The Zêzere Trail allows visitors to discover rich and varied natural heritage, the granite escarpments of the Zêzere Valley and, hopefully, the round-winged eagle that soars above this place. 
easy
Distance 6.9 km
3:00 h
396 m
396 m
375 m
179 m
 

The route descends from the town centre of Pedrógão Pequeno to the River Zêzere via an old Roman road. A detour is recommended to the Filipin Bridge, then continue on to Trilho da Levada and pass through the Tunnel of Moinhos das Freiras and the picnic grounds. This part of the walk has the magnificent granite cliffs of the Zêzere valley and, with any luck, you'll see a Common Buzzard which often flies around this site. 

Author’s recommendation

Visit the Philippine Bridge and observe the diversity of flora and fauna in this still almost wild region.

 

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Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
375 m
Lowest point
179 m
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Safety information

Beware of high temperatures in the summer and slippery terrain in the winter.

 

Useful Contacts

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

GNR Sertã (police): (+351) 274 600 730

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Tips and hints

This area of heath is ideal for a reunion with nature in its purest state. The natural heritage is extremely rich and quite varied. Throughout the trail you will see oaks along the embankment of Cabril Reservoir as well as cork oak, cerquinho oak, strawberry tree, pine bravo, among others. Animals that make this area their habitat are the partridge, raven, heron, black kite, blackbird, round winged eagle, rabbit, weasel, wild boar, hare, badger, mongoose, and the otter. The Zêzere River has carp, largemouth bass, barbel and perch.

 

Gastronomy

- Fish soup

- Tripe

- Maranho (Goat stomach filled with goat meat mixture)

- Rolled almond pastry (Cernache style)

- Fried pastry donuts (filhós and coscoréis)

- Evergreen strawberry tree brandy

- Cheese

Start

"Marketplace of Pedrógão Pequeno ""39º54'7.93''N 8º7'50.85''W"" " (360 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.902727, -8.130888
DMS
39°54'09.8"N 8°07'51.2"W
UTM
29S 574292 4417322
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Destination

"Marketplace of Pedrógão Pequeno ""39º54'7.93''N 8º7'50.85''W"" "

Turn-by-turn directions

Anti-clockwise:The route starts at the marketplace of Pedrógão Pequeno and takes us to the shore of the Zêzere river via an old Roman road. At the end of the descent we recommend a short detour to the Filipin bridge. The route continues by Trilho da Levada ('water trail', or canal) to Moinho das Freiras, passing through a tunnel. At the exit of the tunnel, the descent to Moinho das Freiras can be made by sealed road or by a path that follows the river's edge, returning on the reverse side. Again on the path of Moinho das Freiras, we begin the ascent to the Aldeia do Painho. Upon reaching the old community laundry and turning left, there are some small shrines. Turning left again, we enter a pine forest. After 1 km, the route leaves the sealed road at the Aveleiras fountain, returning to the pine forest along a path on the right. After a few metres we reach a tunnel going under the IC8, and the trail returns to the starting point in the village of Pedrogão Pequeno.Clockwise:Leaving Pedrogão Pequeno, the route heads towards a narrow street leading to the pedestrian tunnel underneath the IC8. Exiting the tunnel continue straight ahead and the first path on the right is a trail that leads to the Aveleiras fountain. The path then leads to the village of Painho. After the last village houses, the route continues on a dirt road that leads to the sealed road to Moinho das Freiras. You take the road to the end, after crossing the small trail along the river leading to the picnic ground of Moinho das Freiras, next to the tunnel. Passing through this tunnel to Trilhos da Levada, after which a detour is recommended to appreciate the bridge. The return to Pedrogão Pequeno is via a Roman road. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.902727, -8.130888
DMS
39°54'09.8"N 8°07'51.2"W
UTM
29S 574292 4417322
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6.9 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
396 m
Descent
396 m
Highest point
375 m
Lowest point
179 m

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