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Mining Territory [GRZ - MTB sector 3]

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  • / Mining Territory - Barroca > Dornelas do Zêzere - GRZ: Stage 3
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  • / Barroca Intermodal Station
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  • / River Zêzere
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  • / Mining Territory - Barroca > Dornelas do Zêzere - GRZ: Stage 3
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  • / Mining Territory - Cabeço do Pião > Barroca - GRZ: Stage 2
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  • / Mining Territory - Cabeço do Pião > Barroca - GRZ: Stage 2
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  • / Mining Territory - Cabeço do Pião > Barroca - GRZ: Stage 2
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  • / Mining Territory - Cabeço do Pião > Barroca - GRZ: Stage 2
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  • / Mining Territory - Cabeço do Pião > Barroca - GRZ: Stage 2
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  • / Mining Territory - Cabeço do Pião > Barroca - GRZ: Stage 2
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  • / Mining Territory - Barco Rest Area > Cabeço do Pião - GRZ: Stage 1
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  • / GRZ on Foot - Mining Territory - Stage 1
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  • / Mining Territory - Barco Rest Area > Cabeço do Pião - GRZ: Stage 1
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  • / GRZ on Foot - Mining Territory - Stage 1
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  • / Mining Territory - Barco Rest Area > Cabeço do Pião - GRZ: Stage 1
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  • / Mining Territory - Barco Rest Area > Cabeço do Pião - GRZ: Stage 1
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  • / GRZ on Foot - Mining Territory - Stage 1
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  • / GRZ on Foot - Mining Territory - Stage 1
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  • / Mining Territory - Covão d'Ametade > Manteigas - GRZ: Stage 1
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  • / Mining Territory - Barco Rest Area > Cabeço do Pião - GRZ: Stage 1
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Spanning about 22 km, Mining Territory is the third sector of the GRZ. It starts at the Barco rest area, in the municipality of Covilhã, and ends in Dornelas do Zêzere, in the municipality of Pampilhosa da Serra. As the name implies, the route passes through the mining landscape of Cabeço do Pião and the Aldeia do Xisto of Barroca. 
open
moderate
23.6 km
2:00 h
279 m
308 m
Spanning about 22 km, Mining Territory is the third sector of the GRZ. It starts at the Barco rest area, in the municipality of Covilhã, and ends in Dornelas do Zêzere, in the municipality of Pampilhosa da Serra. As the name implies, the route passes through the mining landscape of Cabeço do Pião and the Aldeia do Xisto of Barroca.  

Author’s recommendation

The agricultural land and mining landscape are the elements that mark this section. 

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This route as the auditing in progress at this date.

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Updated: August 12, 2020
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
451 m
Lowest point
351 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

Fundão Municipal Council: (+351 )275 779 060 | municipio-fundao@cm-fundao.pt

Pampilhosa da Serra Municipal Council: (+351) 235 590 320 | municipio@cm-pampilhosadaserra.pt

Tips, hints and links

Agriculture is one of the main activities for the people of Barco. The lands of the parish are fertile and produce mainly maize, beans, olive oil and rye. Almost all the crop land is situated on the banks of the Zêzere, bounded by walls perpendicular to the river and that characterise the landscape. They have a very specific and well structured function: these walls serve to hold and secure the fertile soils brought by river floods.

Cabeço do Pião is marked by a mining landscape created by the Panasqueira Mines, and confers unique features to this region.

Barroca is very much still a rural environment, marked by its agricultural cycles. This is the head office for the Aldeias do Xisto network of shops. The schist dwellings, the river Zêzere, the pine forest and an unobstructed view of the mounds at Cabeço do Pião confer a characteristic charm to this Aldeia do Xisto. Take the opportunity to visit the Interpretation Centre for Prehistoric Art at Poço do Caldeirão and learn all about the rock engravings etched into the rocks of Zêzere thousands of years ago.

In Dornelas, relax on the shores of the riverside beach and visit the Ethnographic Museum.

Start

Área de Descanso do Barco Lat.: 40° 10' 22.44" NLong.: 7° 37' 30.972" W (401 m)
Coordinates:
DD
40.173153, -7.614213
DMS
40°10'23.4"N 7°36'51.2"W
UTM
29T 617993 4447896
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Destination

"Dornelas do Zêzere Lat.: 40° 6' 6.84"" NLong.: 7° 44' 45.852"" W "

Turn-by-turn directions

On leaving here, the route approaches the River Zêzere and follows its banks through the agricultural fields that flank it. It begins on roads with some accessibility and then goes on to old pathways, but always close to the river. After leaving these paths, it passes by Ourondo and continue along the river, sometimes on dirt tracks, sometimes on the EM 512, which leads to the Cabeço do Pião bridge. 

On leaving here in the company of the PR1 FND, the rute goes along the slopes on the left bank of the river. Usptream, there are tailings from the Panasqueira mines (Cabeço do Pião). Here, the river begins its more meandering and sinous strecht. Passing the southernmost tailings, it rapidly approaches Barroca always in conjuction with PR1 FND. 

Connecting the Aldeia do Xisto of Barroca, in the municipality of Fundão, to Dornelas do Zêzere, in the municipality of Pampilhosa da Serra, this stretch is 4.8km. 300 metres ahead, the GRZ leaves the company of the PR1 FUN and starts the descent towards the river. After passing by the Intermodal Station, it rejoins the small route and the routes cross the pedestrian bridge over the Zêzere together. The route continues on, passing by a Landscape reader and near a small dam. After crossing an area of meadows and gardens, the route takes the road towards Dornelas do Zêzere.

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Coordinates

DD
40.173153, -7.614213
DMS
40°10'23.4"N 7°36'51.2"W
UTM
29T 617993 4447896
w3w 
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Status
open
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
23.6 km
Duration
2:00h
Ascent
279 m
Descent
308 m
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