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River Branches - Vale Serrão Rest Area > Foz da Sertã Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 1

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  • River Branches - Vale Serrão Rest Area > Foz da Sertã Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 1
    / River Branches - Vale Serrão Rest Area > Foz da Sertã Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Vale Serrão Rest Area > Foz da Sertã Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Vale Serrão Rest Area > Foz da Sertã Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Vale Serrão Rest Area > Foz da Sertã Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Vale Serrão Rest Area > Foz da Sertã Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Vale Serrão Rest Area > Foz da Sertã Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Vale Serrão Rest Area > Foz da Sertã Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Vale Serrão Rest Area > Foz da Sertã Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
  • / River Branches - Vale Serrão Rest Area > Foz da Sertã Rest Area - GRZ: Stage 1
    Photo: Diogo Martins, Aldeias do Xisto
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This section connects the Vale Serrão Rest Area to the Foz da Sertã Rest Area along 11.8km. 
moderate
11.8 km
3:15 h
490 m
340 m
This section connects the Vale Serrão Rest Area, Ferreira do Zêzere municipality, to the Foz da Sertã Rest Area along 11.8km. It will pass on paved roads, forest paths and magnificent water mirrors.

Author’s recommendation

Keep an eye out for the water surfaces and viewpoints along the route. 

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Updated: August 19, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Highest point
290 m
Lowest point
125 m
Best time of year
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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

Ferreira do Zêzere Municipal Council: (+351) 249 360 150, geral@cm-ferreiradozezere.pt 

Tips, hints and links

This place took on major importance at the end of the 19th century when a bridge was built, in 1895. It was inaugurated by Fontes Pereira de Melo and became the only road link between Ferreira do Zêzere and Serta municipalities. The entire Beira Baixa and Ribatejo regions benefit from this connection. During that time, the “new” bridge with metal features also became a tourist attraction and the place of choice for picnics, fishing and river trips on the now typical Abrangel boat by wealthy families.

When the lagoon of the Castelo de Bode dam was filled in 1951, the bridge was submerged to a depth of about 15 metres. The current Vale da Ursa bridge was built to replace it. It should also be noted that during the Middle Ages, as there was no pedestrian crossing on this part of the Zêzere, the only way to go from Sertã to Ferreira do Zêzere was by a barge, in Dornes. Later, in the 19th century, there was another barge in Vale da Ursa. 

Start

Área de Descanso do Vale Serrão Lat.: 39° 46' 13.08" NLong.: 8° 14' 33.072" W (150 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.770340, -8.242779
DMS
39°46'13.2"N 8°14'34.0"W
UTM
29S 564852 4402541
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Destination

Área de Descanso da Foz da Sertã Lat.: 39° 45' 51.48"" NLong.: 8° 13' 34.212"" W

Turn-by-turn directions

After travelling the route for 1,000 metres, you will come to the EN 238 and cross the Vale da Ursa Bridge. After walking along the side of this busy road for about 2 km, you come back to forest roads and after another 2 km, you get back to the vicinity of the river/dam, where you will encounter magnificent bodies of water and Foz da Sertã Town, whose former hotel used to have a medicinal mineral water operation. After a steep climb, you will come to a magnificent viewpoint. 

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
39.770340, -8.242779
DMS
39°46'13.2"N 8°14'34.0"W
UTM
29S 564852 4402541
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.8 km
Duration
3:15h
Ascent
490 m
Descent
340 m
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