A lovely walk by the Western Barragem do Funcho. Most of it is flat(ish) but perhaps 20% is hilly.....nothing too severe, but it probably merits a "3" category for that part.
Best part, is a return to O Gralha for lunch.
Start : 10.00
Duration :about 2 hours 30 mins.
Optional lunch at O Gralha. Cost is about 9.5€ but charge will be 12€ to include tip & charity contribution.
Degree of difficulty ( scale 1:5) : 3, energetic for 20%, 1, easy for 80%.
Dogs. Dogs are allowed as long as they are under control and are quiet.
Directions : drive from CVO to Silves, go over the bridge and turn right and follow the N124 for about 7 kms until you see a turning on the left signposted "Barragem do Arade 3 kms".......the signpost is in a small triangular traffic island, which has a large palm tree on it.
It may be easier to meet here at 09:25.....the start of the walk is another 10 minutes drive away.
If you want to meet at the start of the walk itself, then drive in the direction of the Barragem for 1km when there is a cafe on the left ( A Rainha): turn right, signposted Canestros and Gregorios.
Drive through both Canestros and Gregarios for 3kms then make a sharp left turn, almost doubling back on yourself.
Drive for 2kms until you come to a T junction at the top of the hill, turn right , drive through the village and the O Gralha is one of the last buildings on the left. please park opposite.
Map ref : 37.2534693 N,8.3454438W
Usual caveats - all walks are at your own risk, and we do not walk if it is pouring with rain.....I will endeavour to put any cancellation note on this site by 0830 on the day of the walk.
Please advise if you are intending to come, and whether you want lunch and whether you wish to meet at the N124 turn-off or at the cafe.
Due to the recent increase in numbers, I am limiting this walk to a max of c20 people......David & George have kindly volunteered to lead a walk for any extra people.
Any questions , please ask or ring 282 380015 preferably between 1800-1900 or before 0900.
Walk is now closed though.
because 4 had gone the flat way , anti-clockwise, but we met up;
and walked back together...2h 15m before having a drink before a touch of drizzle;
and then going in for a good lunch:
A first....a drink outside afterwards...we eventually left at 4pm, a longer lunch than walk!
22€ for the charity...thanks to Ian & Margaret who walked but didn't lunch but contributed.