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

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  • Valbom
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  • / Three-board boat on the river (Valbom)
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / River Zêzere
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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
  • / 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
Distance 11.5 km
3:10 h
430 m
420 m
327 m
126 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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Update: July 23, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
327 m
Lowest point
126 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Dornes

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,   

Tips and hints

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
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • 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
  • Sleepwear
  • 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.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.5 km
Duration
3:10 h
Ascent
430 m
Descent
420 m
Highest point
327 m
Lowest point
126 m
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