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Responsible Trails Criteria:
(last audit by RT at May 2020)
Waymarks > 4- Is has all the needed marks and signs to navigate without support
Conservation of the path > 4- In a good overall status of conservation with some isolated situations.
General conservation > 4- There aren’t any specific degraded areas identified.
Information boards and signs > 1- Nonexistent or without minimum quality
Complementary boards > 3- Reasonably maintained and with interest
Safety and suport structures > 4- Well-maintained essential structures
Local community integration > 4- Encourages integration / contacts with the community
Landscape integration > 4- Well integrated into the landscape and with points of interest
General Safety > 3- Presents several low risk situations
Safety informationTake the necessary precautions for high temperatures in summer and slippery terrain in the winter. The levels of difficulty and times given are only indicative. They were calculated on a physical effort basis and do not include stops. Make your estimate by analising the technical data of path to be taken.
Even with all the markings, it is recommended to use the GPS or APP
SOS Emergency: 112
SOS Forest: 117
Covilhã Municipal Council: (+351) 275 330 600 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips and hints
Peso, also known as Santa Maria Madalena do Peso, is a traditional mountain village, situated on the right bank of the River Zêzere. The village is located in a region blessed by nature, with the great Serra da Estrela for neighbour. As to its origins, legend has it that a mule driver crossed the river one day with a bag on his back. As he was crossing the river, things fell out of his bag without him noticing. When he reached the other side, feeling more relieved, he sighed: “Oh! No weight at all (pesinho)!” This exclamation contrasted with what he had said at the beginning of the journey: “Oh! What a weight, let’s go!”. This story spread to the people who soon began to call the place on the right bank of the Zêzere “Peso” and the onde on the left bank “Pesinho”. Peso is proud of its natural, cultural and architectural heritage, especially the 12th century parish church, the chapels of the Divino Espírito Santo and Senhor dos Paços, the fountain and the Shrine of Nossa Senhora de La Salette.
The local cuisine is rich and includes chickpeas with eggs, regional sausages, fried aubergines with eggs, stewd partridge, light bread and the famous brulhões.In Barco, visit the Mother Church, the Roman Fountain, the many Alminhas, the river beach, the olive press, the ruins of a Roman camp better known as the Cabeço da Argemela and the natural landscape, especially the Zêzere River. . Indulge in gastronomic delicacies such as river fish, wild boar and the famous brulhões.
Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.