Park in the centre of Tomar and go to sports
pavilion and football pitch.
Leave the main entrance to the sports pavilion and
head north, keeping the cafe/pizzeria to your left.
Follow this road for 600 metres until it passes a
disused mill alongside a canal to your left. Turn
left over a small footbridge across the canal.
The factory is marked on the map as a
fabrica de fiação,
a spinning mill, but quite what they spun, I don’t know. It was along this short
stretch of canal that we saw an iridescent flash of blue
as a kingfisher darted low across the water.
Cross the bridge and turn right along a track with
houses and vegetable gardens to your left. This
track soon becomes a path and goes into more dense
woodland between the canal to your right and the Rio
Nabão to your left.
After one kilometre, the path turns
sharp right and continues until you reach a weir
after a further couple of hundred metres.
It is worth stopping here and exploring for a while.
There is an observation hut above the weir which gives
superb views of the water tumbling over the weir and the
Cross the canal over the sluice gate and turn
immediately left along a path with the Rio Nabão to
your left. Follow this path for one kilometre until you meet
a wide track where you turn left.
Along this track is an abundance of spring flowers
including bluebells, celandine, iris, wild orchids and
Follow the wide track where it turns let over an
attractive rustic bridge lined with upright stones.
After three hundred metres you pass under the IC9
Whilst not pretty, the motorway is an impressive feat of
engineering as the traffic rumples 30 or 40 metres over
your head. Just after the IC9 the view is improved as
you look left to see the attractive Quinta da Granja on
the opposite bank of the river.
Follow the track alongside the river for 600 metres
until you pass some ruined houses and where the path
turns sharp right and climbs shortly but steeply.
Again, it is worth stopping to look around the ruined
houses to see a typical rural homestead which seems to
have been hastily abandoned, and wondering how the
inhabitants scraped a living in such a location.