Circular route (with longest variant) of moderate difficulty, about 7.5 km long (12.5 km with the addition of the variant 3.1) and interesting all year round.
It is a route which is rich in natural and cultural heritage, and great approach to the local community.
The Trail of Oaks is a short route with several aspects of landscape, cultural and environmental of high interest. It has an extension of 7.5 km, starting in the square of the chapel of N.ª Sr.ª do Refúgio, in Fojo.
Towards the village of Codeçal, we can see patches of well-preserved oaks of the species Quercus pyrenaica.
Crossing the village of Gosende, one continues to Cotelo, another typical mountain village where pastoralism is still a way of life. Of the cattle, the Arouquesa breed is the most abundant.
When approaching the Balsemão river, it is possible to find a large peatland area, which is a biodiversity hotspot.
In the village of Campo Benfeito you can visit Capuchinhas do Montemuro, a cooperative of weaving artisans which occupies the building of the old primary school, and the Regional Theater of Serra do Montemuro.
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.
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Responsible Trails Criteria:(last audit carried out in 13/03/2021)
Waymarks - 2 (There’s a lot of marks missing. (GPS or mobile app needed.)
Conservations of the path - 4 (In a good overall status of conservation with some isolated situations.)
General Conservation - 4 (There aren’t any specific degraded areas identified.)
Information boards and signs - 2 (Degraded or not relevant.)
Complementary boards - 3 (Reasonably maintained and with interest.)
Safety and suport structures - 4 (Well-maintained essential structures.)
Local Community integration - 4 (Encourages integration / contacts with the community.)
Landscape intergration - 5 (Perfectly integrated into the landscape, exploring relevant points of interest.)
General Safety - 4 (Has occasional low-risk situations.)