Long distance hiking trail

Return to Serenity - Valbom Rest Area > Dornes - GRZ on Foot: Stage 4

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  • / Return to Serenity - Valbom Rest Area > Dornes - GRZ: Stage 4
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  • / Return to Serenity - Valbom Rest Area > Dornes - GRZ: Stage 4
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  • / Return to Serenity - Valbom Rest Area > Dornes - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Valbom Rest Area > Dornes - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Valbom Rest Area > Dornes - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / Return to Serenity - Valbom Rest Area > Dornes - GRZ: Stage 4
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
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From Valbom to Dornes it is 11,5km. This section includes the ascent of the Serra de São Paulo, place of Moorish legends and some Visigothic graves. 
moderate
11.5 km
3:10 h
430 m
420 m
From Valbom to Dornes it is 11,5km. After climbing up to Valbom, the route returns to the municipal road along the banks of the Zêzere, the Castelo de Bode Dam here.  The GRZ follows the road to the left towards Casalinho de Santana and the Ribeira de Brás. At this site and entering the dirt road to the left, you will begin the ascent of Serra de São Paulo, a place of Moorish legends and some Visigoth graves. After the descent, the route goes back to the riverside road until you reach the town of Dornes. 

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Updated: August 18, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Highest point
327 m
Lowest point
126 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.

 

Contact information

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

Figueiró dos Vinhos Municipal Council: 236 559 550, secretaria@cm-figueirodosvinhos.pt  

Tips, hints and links

With the construction of the Castelo de Bode Dam and the rising waters of the lagoon, much of the landscape was transformed and much of the heritage of this village disappeared. If, on the one hand, it was an asset in national hydroelectric production and reserves of water supply, on the other, it completely transformed the landscape, flora and fauna and the livelihoods of the people living on these banks. Before long, it went from a relatively narrow river with some wide valleys used for farming, with certain techniques and knowledge, to a huge body of water where the steep slopes of the hills end and where people had to relearn how to farm the land. The land formerly called wetlands or marshes, practically flat farmland made fertile by the mud from the winter floods, disappeared and farming had to be done in terraces, due to the steep slope of the new banks. Even the fishing has changed due to the change in the ecosystem of the river. Where once there were eels, trout, boga and barbel, shad and lamprey, there are now carp, perch and bass. The traditional boats of the Zêzere River still endure, the three-board boats, still used in fishing and transportation between the banks. 

Start

Área de Descanso de Valbom Lat.: 39° 48' 23.4"" NLong.: 8° 17' 40.992"" W (122 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.806676, -8.294819
DMS
39°48'24.0"N 8°17'41.3"W
UTM
29S 560363 4406538
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Destination

Dornes Lat.: 39° 46' 10.2"" NLong.: 8° 16' 12.396"" W

Turn-by-turn directions

After climbing up to Valbom, the route returns to the municipal road along the banks of the Zêzere, the Castelo de Bode Dam here.  The GRZ follows the road to the left towards Casalinho de Santana and the Ribeira de Brás. At this site and entering the dirt road to the left, you will begin the ascent of Serra de São Paulo, a place of Moorish legends and some Visigoth graves. After the descent, the route goes back to the riverside road until you reach the town of Dornes. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.806676, -8.294819
DMS
39°48'24.0"N 8°17'41.3"W
UTM
29S 560363 4406538
w3w 
///dealerships.steely.outlaw
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.5 km
Duration
3:10h
Ascent
430 m
Descent
420 m
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