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Monday, 08 August 2011 15:00

Route of the Mills

Description of Route

Leaving or coming from the A25 via Tondela EN 627 will intersect with the EN228 and find access to Caparroso and Souto Good

The Welcome Center Village de Soto is good starting point for the walk.

Scroll through the first few meters on the main road to the entrance on the sidewalk, properly marked. To embroiled in nuclei of oaks, which have been witness of the forest in this area prior to human intervention.

There were the first agricultural fields bounded by stone walls, where they will appear elusive lizards which were enjoying the warm sunshine. They can spot up here and there, some blackbirds, robins and even Eagles Wing Round. Again we enter a forest paths between specimens of Chestnut Oaks and a presence impossible to ignore. It was in time, their presence marked in such a way that will have given the name of the place Souto Good?

There are many springs, springs, dams and rivers around here. The route follows across a small footbridge over the Ribeira da Fraga, in the presence of a luxuriant vegetation, which allows plenty of shade ferns and mosses characteristic of more humid zones.

On the way up ahead, the sidewalk accuses the repeated passage of the necessary work animals granjeio agricultural fields that are formed on terraces taking advantage of small parcels that are due and disguise the slope, prefiguring the hardness of manual labor and little mechanized that still still practiced.

Appears to us a "Alminha" and then taking the Walk of Teixugueira, granite toward the house that can be seen above, framed by a vast granaries and threshing floor, where, of course, is very dried cereal. The landscape holds the attention and, in season, back to the corn crop that covers almost all small terraced plots.

Hence also we can see the original nucleus of Souto Good: a set of traditional granite houses, soon to be appreciated more closely and where he could not miss the chapel of the village. On the Path capped off soon enough.

Entering the Walk Mill Valley, meets the first group of seven mills Ribeira da Pena. The route follows the platform that unites them, suggesting a visit to this set sheet carefully recovered in a tribute to the Environment and Nature. The passage through the sundial leads us to admire the clever expedient way of measuring time by our ancestors.

Passed a few yards of road, returning to the rural way of settlement of Eiras farmland framed by the edges of the Ribeira.

New forest paths, for rustic granite sidewalks many times pounding, and environments of serenity the journey comes to an end. We are beginning to recognize the original track.

Just beat him in the opposite direction to the point of arrival.


Departure and arrival reception center Souto Good

Coordinates: 40 ° 37 '52.56 "N 8 ° 6' 48.18" The

Scope: Sports, cultural, environmental and landscape.

Type of Course: From a small route, using rural roads, and traditional mountain.

Distance to go: 5.2 km circuit.

Level of difficulty: II - Easy.

Duration of trip: About 2 hours.

Gaps: Moderate.

Maximum Quota: 760 meters

Advised Season: all year.

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Monday, 08 August 2011 14:58

Route of Santiago

Description of Route

Mount St. Marcos is located in the parish of Santiago de Besteiros, County of Tondela.

We followed the signs that the EN 228, in Muna, lead us to snake the slope, along the paved road, we find that Mt. That is where this route begins.

Found in the surrounding area, and the Chapel of St. Mark, a circuit, a sports park and also a picnic area that is sure to be particularly nice for some respite at the end of the journey.

The view over the valley of nonsense is amazing and predisposes us to walk.

This starts downward, on the access road and traveled about 500 meters, turns left to enter the forestry road that slopes gently down to the bridge over Riverside Misarela already announced by the roar of its waters in turmoil the slope. Soon after the Ribeira Carvalhal. The forest that dominated the landscape here allows us, along the path Fojo on where and where, to see agricultural land in the Ribeira Valley grooved.

After a short stretch of country road, there to cross the 228 and enter the town of Muna, where, if we think, come a little extension you can visit the chapel of N ª Senhora da Penha.

This reflects the route of the path heading towards the path of the vineyards that floor, as the name suggests, covers a considerable extension of vineyards and farmland to the paved road, which now overlaps with that was once one of the important routes that led pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.

Although the marks of time, the relevance that has, until now was associated with this parish giving him his name, and his patron, St. James. The facade of the Church, displays significantly, the symbol of the Road to Santiago: a scallop shell.

The walk continues down the street from the school, up to Portela, where we are faced with more of the hallmarks of a passage of walkers of the past: the Bridge of Portela on the Ribeira de Agua d'Alte, whose place names is due to the existence of a small cascade upstream.

Hence, the route turns to the village center. At this point, the paths of Santiago following its course down the slopes of the Serra do Caramulo, and the course, withdraws following the path of Bogalhal, alongside a long stretch of irrigation towards the Bogalhal the mills, the name given to a line 3 water mills now more neglected, but do not let you print a strong mark on the landscape, reminiscent to those in the bustle of farm work here that have existed in another time.

Won this thing, the new route goes through the vast forest that surrounds Mount St. Marcos. Among the ways of the Forest of Mercy, is to discover and contemplate calmly the diversity of species that compose it. A little more left for the end where the shadow of the oaks to expect and invites you to enjoy once again the magnificent landscape.


Departure and arrival: Mount St. Mark

Scope: Sports, cultural, environmental and landscape.

Type of Course: From a small route, using rural roads, and traditional mountain.

Distance to go: 5.5 km circuit.

Level of difficulty: low

Course Length: Approximately 2 hours.

Gaps: Moderate.

Maximum elevation: 460 meters

Advised Season: All year.


• Chapel of St. Mark

• Chapel of Muna

• Camino de Santiago

• Church of Santiago

• Bridge Portela

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Monday, 08 August 2011 14:31

Routes of Crosses

Description of route

To get to the point of beginning of this journey, the Jerome Park Lacerda, the visitor who comes to Tondela should seek to EN 230, go through a succession of tight corners, gaining altitude towards the Caramulo, reaching 800 m to reach the village and there, in front of the tourist office to prepare to start the walk.

Walk begins by crossing a sidewalk and part of the park that leads to the first forest paths, keep towards the location that gives the name to the parish and where, if you make a little detour, you can visit the Mother Church, the chapel of S. Sebastian, who has within it a valuable sculpture of the saint of his devotion in the sixteenth century polychrome stone. After going through the Roman remains which is part of one of the seven main roads that left Viseu and allowed access to the coast, and the Way of Cruises, until you reach the main road giving access to Janardo. In this town which has had the honor of being the head of the old guard of the county where there are the buildings where they proceeded to all local acts, there is the Town Hall and the Court, both carved in stone buildings, now owned by private , built in the year 1735.

It is time to go down the roads and agricultural few feet in front began to appear the first signs of one of the most important religious celebrations in the area - The Festival of the Crosses. The pillars inscribed with the names of parishes involved in the celebration will be happening along the way the order of their arrival in the fifth Monday of the rise each year until we reach the Chapel of St. Bartholomew.

Nearby is the cruise, on a magnificent observation Besteiros Valley symbolizing the divine protection that would have been granted to the people of guard. It is along this cruise on the Feast of the Crosses the faithful form a procession with crosses, do their prayers. This site is located is also a fort, where they found gold coins and pottery, here left by ancient civilizations that have settled here.

To continue your journey, we must resume the path beside the granite pillars.

Ahead you will cross to the Ribeira xudruro on a Romanesque bridge and climbs up the slope, always with the backdrop of incredible natural beauty, until you reach the chapel of Santa Luzia, in Carvalhinho, where we have a recreation area in that the eye can see across the valley. In the Largo Lameirão, let it back to the village and back up to the mountain trails towards Cadraço.

Continuing the route will be faced with a succession of landscapes from the pasture where the cattle feed freely on parcels bounded by stone walls built of granite patiently in times gone by, right next to large tracts of undergrowth typical of altitude, up to an extension considerable oak that are present in the Pyrenean oak and oak Albariño, after which we came across agricultural areas, since the arrival in Ceidão.

Although forest paths passes by Pinhal Novo and returns to the village Caramulo. This is situated on the eastern slope of the Sierra and is still associated, through the imposing buildings of the old asylums, it was from 1920 to the country's largest resort sanatorium, which reached to allow the simultaneous admission of 2500 patients.

We are in front of the Museum of Caramulo and approaching the end of this walk across the Jerome Park Lacerda, which can be observed and rich botanical diversity, knowing that once served as a barrier to infection of neighboring populations by those who have lung problems, came in search of the ideal climate, the quiet and fresh air.


Departure and arrival: Jerome Park Lacerda

Scope: Sports, cultural, environmental and landscape.

Type of Course: From a small route, using rural roads, and traditional mountain.

Distance to go: 8 km circuit.

Level of difficulty: 6 - East.

Course Length: Approximately 4 hours.

Gaps: Moderate.

Maximum elevation: 820 meters

Advised Season: All year.


• Landscape of the Sierra belen

• Keep Church

• Cruise (at Church)

• Path of Cruises

• Pillory Janardo / home chain

• Chapel of St. Sebastian

• Chapel of St. Bartholomew

• Castro St. Bartholomew

• Cruise (along Chapel of St. Bartholomew)

• Festival of the Crosses

• Chapel of Sta Luzia

• Fauna and flora

• Museum of Caramulo

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Monday, 08 August 2011 14:28

Route Flax

Description of Route

The starting point for this route is also the Park Heart Shrine of Mary, at this early stage the course is developed by the slope of the Sierra, enjoying its best, pure air and beautiful scenery.

The walk starts in a cobblestone path, going through some areas still in agricultural and other great spots oak, eucalyptus and pine, which will appear occasionally cork oaks and arbutus. Hence the pedestrian, and a careful observer, you may notice the passage of some examples of the fauna and also can stop at the rest area of ​​the small dam that will find before reaching the village of Múceres.

Arriving at the village, and turning to the old elementary school is to know the center of the processing of flax, where you can have access not only to the exhibition and live performance of works in linen, and get to know how this one works over entire cycle, but also experience and acquire some of the other crafts in the county.

Before walking the path of Mills, who can admire the waterfalls, water mills can also visit the Chapel of Our Lady of Deliverance in the village center.

Already towards the mini hydro, can see a variety of mills and the stunning scenery along the river.

Cross the Ribeira de Múceres and becomes the direction of Calvary Múceres. It continues to be the old connection path to the church, passing by Costa Conguedo and Lowland, are seen several waterfalls and Souls.

Crossing paths in agriculture, besides the traditional way of working in agriculture, can be seen also some flax production fields along the path that will bring back to starting point.

This route is 8.8 km, of which the first 4km greatest difficulties are those who have, by their slope.


Departure and arrival: Park Heart of Mary.

Scope: Sports, cultural, environmental and landscape.

Type of Course: From a small route, using rural roads, and traditional mountain.

Distance to go: 8.8 km circuit.

Level of difficulty: 7 - Medium High.

Course Length: Approximately 4 hours.

Gaps: Moderately steep in places.

Maximum elevation: 500 meters

Advised Season: All year.


• Landscape of the Sierra belen

• Center of the processing of flax

• Chapel of Our Lady of Deliverance

• Water Falls

• Water mills

• Fields of Flax

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Monday, 08 August 2011 14:18

Route Gutters

Description of Route

This route starts at the base of Caramulinho, where it reaches the highest point of the Sierra with a 070m, and where you can see the most impressive landscapes of the Serra do Caramulo.

Hence it follows that the estradão one hand rips the rocky landscape, and the other follows the mountain pastures, highlighting the tradition of pastoral and agricultural work in this land of harsh climate, where the granite grooved accuses the passage of carts pulled by animals, and where even today one can breathe fresh air and healthy.

Upon reaching the paved road goes up a few feet to enter the paths that follow the route of the old gutters that guaranteed the water supply to villages, and so we Jueus direction. Before reaching this village typically mountain passes for two mills, and can see at the entrance to the village chapel. From the churchyard one sees what remains from the Roman ruins of houses and that was another village, now uninhabited - the Carvalhal.

The road now heads to the Pedrógão, where we can once again enjoy the uniqueness of the landscape, full of rock formations in the imagination of each one, take the most diverse meanings. Here stands the boulder Balance.

Further down there is a new aqueduct, this time built over a granite wall displaying thoroughness and ingenuity that allowed to bring the highest points of the mountain water to the population to irrigate their fields, to water the animals and also pair use in domestic chores.

From now on, goes to the last meter of a journey toward more contact with nature and natural beauty of a place that retains much tranquility and genuineness. Left leg back to start walking the trails of the mountain, passing through one of many wind towers already leave their impress on the landscape Caramulo, direction Caramulinho.


Departure and arrival Caramulinho

Scope: Sports, cultural, environmental and landscape.

Type of Course: From a small route, using paths, traditional and mountain.

Distance to go: 8.2 km circuit.

Level of difficulty: 6 - East.

Course Length: Approximately 4 hours.

Gaps: Moderate.

Maximum elevation: 1000 meters.

Advised Season: All year.


• Caramulinho

• Landscape of the Sierra belen / Rock Formations

• Chapel Jueus

• Walk Medieval

• Water mills / Gutters

• Fauna and flora

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Monday, 08 August 2011 14:15

Route Laranjais

Description of Route

It begins this journey by maintaining existing circuit in the Heart Shrine of Mary, which leads to a visit to the village of Portela and follow the path of the church, towards the coast of the Meadow.

In Cacharral, it follows to the village of Eiras to know the background and font Font to wallow, their water mills, the Well Silveira, a waterfall and pond. The walk continues along the way back to the village of Quintal, whose toponymy us back to the family of Antero de Quental, who with his presence gave the name of these stops, and where you can visit the chapel of N ª Senhora da Conceição, the Source and stately houses of Santo António.

Soon after, the people climbing the path, is the Quinta da Cruz with a large expanse of chestnut and its manor house in ruins, and a eucalyptus centenary with a grand scale, the 1.5 m of soil has a perimeter 12m.

By passing the fifth, until you get to cruise travels to the Way of the litany, also covered by the faithful on the Feast of the Crosses, who goes out of the Church in procession, to keep.

This is one of the most important religious celebrations in the area, which takes place on Ascension Thursday in May and attended by several parishes.

Continue along paths, walking is the way to go to Vila de Rei, with countless examples of village houses that retain traces using mostly traditional granite in its construction, and where you can visit the chapel of Santo António. It is still possible to visit a house emblazoned, the cruise of the village, many souls.

It's time for a well earned break in the park of St. Lawrence, preparatory and then needed to overcome the steep slope towards the village of Figueiral, where you see the Chapel of St. Simon and souls, and you can visit the Central Electricity Grid and the Well is a beautiful waterfall. This is also a prime location for observing the landscape of the slope of the Sierra Caramulo that protects and surrounds the entire Besteiros Valley.

Then along the Rio de Castelões embraced by citrus, it follows the path of the mills where, as the name indicates observed some old windmills, now disabled awaiting recovery.

Across the river on the coast, it follows by Rego Irrigation, the name given to the path followed by the people on one side and in its entirety, the fields of irrigation water, the other by the waters of Ribeira and occasionally some mills .

Finally there is the village of Ribeiro where, in addition to the cruise, the bridge and the village fountains, you can visit the Church and walk through the village along the paths leading to the Sanctuary of the Heart of Mary.

The total distance is 7.5 km and the area that may be of some risk is one in which we visit the orchards along the river, therefore, is expected to apply a long stretch of rail that makes it perfectly safe. It can be considered the most difficult stretch from the park to the St. Lawrence Figueiral, where it reaches the maximum height for this route, 460.


Departure and arrival: Park Heart of Mary.

Scope: Sports, cultural, environmental and landscape.

Type of Course: From a small route, using rural roads, and traditional mountain.

Distance to go: 7.5 km circuit.

Level of difficulty: 3 - Medium low.

Course Length: Approximately 3 hours.

Gaps: Moderate.

Maximum elevation: 460 meters

Advised Season: All year.


• Landscape of the Sierra belen

• Church of Castelões

• Source Foundation

• Source of wallowing

• Water mills

• Water Falls

• Chapel of N ª Senhora da Conceição

• Fifth Cross

• Chapel of St. Anthony

• Cruise Vila de Rei

• Chapel of St. Simon

• Cruise Ribeiro

• Laranjais

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