Long distance hiking trail

Irrigating Cova da Beira - Peso > Barco - GRZ on Foot: Stage 6

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  • Irrigating Cova da Beira - Peso > Barco - GRZ: Stage 6
    / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Peso > Barco - GRZ: Stage 6
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Peso > Barco - GRZ: Stage 6
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Irrigating Cova da Beira - Peso > Barco - GRZ: Stage 6
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
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This section connects the localities of Peso and Barco, in an extension of 11.4km. 
moderate
8.2 km
2:19 h
190 m
190 m
On leaving here by road towards Fundão, the GRZ crosses Zêzere and, after approximately 1400m, moves on to agricultural roads that run along this bank, separating the fertile from the river, until reaching Peso. Here, it follows the main road and then changes banks again to get to Barco. The length of this section is about 8.2km. 

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the natural, cultural and architectural heritage, as well as the cuisine in both localities. 

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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

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Updated: August 21, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Highest point
488 m
Lowest point
388 m
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Safety information

Take 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

 

Contact information

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

Covilhã Municipal Council: (+351) 275 330 600 | info@cm-covilha.pt 

Tips, hints and links

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. 

Start

Peso Lat.: 40° 11' 39.48" NLong.: 7° 33' 42.264" W (401 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.194242, -7.561902
DMS
40°11'39.3"N 7°33'42.8"W
UTM
29T 622409 4450308
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Destination

Barco Lat.: 40° 10' 23.16" NLong.: 7° 36' 50.688" W

Turn-by-turn directions

On leaving here by road towards Fundão, the GRZ crosses Zêzere and, after approximately 1400m, moves on to agricultural roads that run along this bank, separating the fertile from the river, until reaching Peso. Here, it follows the main road and then changes banks again to get to Barco. 

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Coordinates

DD
40.194242, -7.561902
DMS
40°11'39.3"N 7°33'42.8"W
UTM
29T 622409 4450308
w3w 
///allegation.destructive.traced
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.2 km
Duration
2:19h
Ascent
190 m
Descent
190 m
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