Long Walk Barrantes, Coto & Vale do Coto
12th August 2016
Walk location: The ridge at Coto followed by the river valley between Barrantes and Salir de Matos.
Max elevation: 105 m
Min elevation: 14 m
Total climbing: 198 m
Car Meeting Point: Bridge in the Vale do Coto between Barrantes and Coto at 09:30 am.
There is space for about 5 cars, but we can park a couple more up the road. See Notes below for directions.
Latitude: 39°26’31.99″N; 39.442219°
Longitude: 9° 6’46.51″W; -9.112919°
Walk Start Point: The same as the car meeting point.
The Walk: The walk starts with steep climb through eucalyptus woods to the ridge above Tornada. We follow the ridge into Coto and then descend through orchards to the river valley. The track becomes a footpath which will be rather overgrown and wet, followed by open and wooded land. After walking on the road through Salir do Matos we join a firm, dry track through cultivated land and Orchards.
Coffee Stop: There is the opportunity for a coffee stop in Salir de Matos.
Timing: The walk is about 9 km and is expected to take about 2.5 hrs, plus extra for coffee.
Notes: Directions to meeting point from Tornada traffic lights on the N8 – Caldas da Rainha to Alcobaça main road:
At the traffic lights, turn right for Salir de Matos if coming from Caldas da Rainha, or left if coming from Alcobaça. After 100m you will pass the Junta in Tornada (on your right) which is at the top of an open triangular shaped area. Follow the main road in an easterly direction for 3 km, ascending the steep ridge towards Barrantes (at the top of the ridge). In Barrantes you pass a small church on the right hand side followed by a house which holds the Café das Caçadoras and a mini-market. Immediately after the min-market turn right, downhill, into the Rua da Teixeira (heading for Coto). There are recycling bins in front as you turn. Descend the hill to a bridge at the bottom where there is parking on the side of the road. This is the car meeting point.
Coming from Salir do Matos, head for Barantes and Tornada and, in Barantes, turn left, downhill just before the mini-market – see the directions above.
Contacts: See the walks’ email for contact telephone numbers or send an email from the web site.