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PR17 CVL - Rota das Pontes

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Discover the secrets of the Cortes Valley! 
open
moderate
Distance 7.5 km
2:30 h
213 m
213 m

Bridges, watermills, olive presses, irrigation channels andnatural pools all combine in a unique stream to provide visitors with a surprise at every turn as theyexplore this route. 

This route is accessible, though it may present some technical difficulties, particularlywhen the ground is wet, as it mostly winds its way along rural dirt paths and tracks. We recommend thetrail is approached at a slow pace, so that walkers can stop to take in all the natural pools they comeacross. As they approach Bouça, walkers have the option of taking a short cut, which means they can adapt the trail to the amount of time they have available.

Author’s recommendation

 Responsible Trails ® ensures that an annual technical audit is carried out in which the main points of the code of ethics are evaluated. Here you find the result of the last audit.

Before starting your adventure, be sure to check the “Current Information” tab.

 

Responsible Trails Criteria:

(last audit realized at 8/06/2021) 

 

 

Direcional signing - 5 (It’s perfectly signed and fulfilling the national requirements)

Path conditions - 4 (In a good overall status of conservation with some isolated situations)

General conservation (enviroment) - 5 (Surrounding environment perfectly preserved)

Head boards and aditional signs - 5 (Very well maintained and with superior quality)

Other boards informations - 5 (Very well maintained and with superior quality)

Safety structures - 5 (All recommended structures well maintained)

Interaction with local comunitiy - 5 (Strong connection to the community in which it operates and stimulate interaction)

Landscape integration - 5 (Perfectly integrated into the landscape, exploring relevant points of interest)

General Safety - 4 (Has occasional low-risk situations)

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Update: August 09, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
777 m
Lowest point
563 m
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Safety information

This route is along some technically difficult tracks. Take special precautions on rainy days and when theground is wet.

 

Start

Coordinates:
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40.254353, -7.580962
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40°15'15.7"N 7°34'51.5"W
UTM
29T 620680 4456954
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Turn-by-turn directions

 Setting off from the playground at the entrance to the parish of Cortes do Meio, the trail immediately starts to descend towards Ponte Velha and a natural pool with the samename. Crossing the river for the first time, walkers will find a trail that takes them all the way to the nextpool, Poço da Monteira, which is also where they'll find the Monteira Leisure Area. As they follow the trail that runs alongside the stream, they will soon come to an old olive press and another beautiful naturalpool.

rossing the stream once again, the trail heads down a rural path that then heads up the valley untilit reaches the detour to the old watermills and one of the most striking features along this route, the Poço do Funil. Walkers should feel free to explore the site before continuing on the route along a footpath,temporarily moving away from the stream and closer to Bouça (a possible shortcut) before returning down to the stream and crossing it at Ponte do Porto da Tábua.

Back on narrow footpaths now, the trailheads up the valley, arriving at the Poço do Forno Velho after temporarily moving away from the streamand before reaching the detour to Ponte do Combarão and the Formiga and Combarão pools (wherewalkers can also take a shortcut by heading up to Bouça).

From here, the route keeps heading up thevalley along ancient paths, past Pontão Fundeiro and Poço da Praia, before it reaches the highest point onthe trail and starts to head back downhill to Ponte do Salto. As walkers start to make their way down thevalley along the Bouça Velha forest path, they'll soon turn off onto a path that will take them close toPontão Fundeiro where they will find a footpath to take them to Bouça. Walkers will find services such asbathrooms and a café in the town, in addition to fountains. The trail continues along paved roads, providing broader views over the valley, taking walkers back to Cortes do Meio, the starting point of thisadventure.

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Coordinates

DD
40.254353, -7.580962
DMS
40°15'15.7"N 7°34'51.5"W
UTM
29T 620680 4456954
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Nuno Lourenço
September 03, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? September 05, 2021
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.5 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
213 m
Descent
213 m
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