The route of the Mondego Trails runs between Videmonte and the Caldeirão Dam, with a connection virtually as much as the Mizarela Bridge, the place we discover the Mondego River once more.
Of the 12 km size, virtually 7 km are on boardwalks that meander alongside the slopes of the mountain.
That is the case of the perspective in Videmonte, the place the view is misplaced between distant slopes, with the picket construction forming a line parallel to the river. At the very least go to the pond.
On the entrance to the pedestrian bridge in Videmonte we have now a large view of the mountain and the picket construction. One other picture that surprises us is in entrance of Videmonte. On street.
The scale of the footbridge main across the slope to the weir is fascinating. You probably have time, take the street entry and stroll within the route of the weir.
From throughout the river we have now a better take a look at the large ingenuity and energy that went into placing this walkway collectively. My go to was earlier than the sidewalks opened, however the route was already busy.
On the opposite entry, subsequent to the Caldeirão Dam, one of many methods to entry the walkways was to go beneath a metallic grate that somebody had torn aside. Dozens of individuals did this train. As Pedro Pinto advised me, “Lots of people come to see the catwalks. What is going on right here in Guarda are the sidewalks”.
Pedro Pinto works in a bar proper subsequent to the Mizarela Bridge and close by we have now one other entry to the sidewalks. It is a sanctuary. We go an outdated manufacturing unit situated by the river, we discover a number of fountains used for summer time refreshment, and in certainly one of them there’s a swing.
The walkway here’s a lengthy picket snake that takes us alongside the gorgeous and imposing Caldeirão waterfall. “The trail used to run alongside a stream. It was an outdated means. Not everybody may go there. Now you possibly can stroll the catwalks.”
One other entrance is situated instantly subsequent to the dam wall. Now we have a view of the water degree of the reservoir and the large cliffs the place the creek hides.
The walkways lead you proper in entrance of the waterfall. There’s a small viewpoint however many individuals stroll straight forward by means of pink rocks and polished by the water. Returning is harder. It is a lengthy staircase with dozens of steps. The paths outdoors the footbridges are outdated shepherd paths.
There are additionally outdated water mills alongside the river. One in all them, in Videmonte, is being restored.
Pastoralism and artisan bread-making now not have the dynamism of the previous. Nonetheless, there are a number of legacies that evoke these practices within the villages which might be a part of the walkways. That is the case with the villages of Trinta e Meios.
It isn’t simple to search out shade on the sidewalks and it’s advisable to keep away from the most well liked hours. Different options are preferable, such because the Videmonte river seashore, Quinta da Taberna, the Dam river seashore or the Mondego fountains close to the Mizarela Bridge.
The fabulous walkways of Mondego are a part of the Antena1 program I am going there and I come has the help of Turismo Centro de Portugal and the printed of this episode may be heard right here.