1. Walk past the market, keeping it to
your right until you meet the main road towards Aguas
Take this road for a few metres and turn right
immediately after the church.
2. Follow this road, past a sports centre
on your right and a new school (under construction in
2011) on your left.
There is damage to
many of the trees caused by the 2010 tornado, which has
made the start of this walk a little untidy.
3. Just over one kilometre. on you come to
T junction, where you turn right then, after a further
50 metres, left through the village of Cerejeira.
There is a mixture
of old buildings and rural homes on this road with one
particular garden on the left (Casa da Mina) decorated
with a menagerie of animals. A further one kilometre on,
at the last cottage on the right, we met a friendly old
lady in the garden and admired her magnificent magnolia
tree. We began chatting in broken Portuguese and told
her that we were English. She smiled knowingly and
ripped a branch from the magnolia and passed it to Sue
indicating that we should plant it. We have now done
this and look forward to watching the tree grow.
4. The road becomes a track and drops
steeply downhill through a eucalyptus wood until it
meets a stream near a ruined building, possibly a mill.
Keep the river to your right as the path begins to climb
Here, there are a
number of abandoned farm buildings and you can only
wonder about the tough life endured by previous
residents of the homestead. Exploring the buildings we
found a number of old bee hives, made from the bark of
cork oaks. I wanted to take one home as an interesting
rustic decoration, but balked at the thought of lugging
it around for seven or eight kilometres.
5. At the T junction just after the
abandoned buildings, turn left and follow the track as
it winds uphill to the villages of Outeiros, Bela Vista
and Varella (the boundaries between the villages are
6. Follow the road, ignoring a junction to
the left as it bends round to the left. And continue
through the village(s) past the world’s ugliest building
on your right.
This is an
monstrosity which should be pulled down immediately. It
is also home to a motley collection of dogs that lean
out of upper storey windows and threaten passers by.