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Responsible Trails Criteria:
This route as the auditing in progress at this date.
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.
SOS Emergency: 112
SOS Forest: 117
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Tips and hints
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.
Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Mountain Biking
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Long Distance Mountain Biking
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Spoke wrench
- Zip ties
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
- Handlebar / frame / saddle bags
- Mudguards recommended
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- 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
- 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.