Boot & Routes
Walking in the Beautiful Algarve
Each year, between September and May, our walk co-ordinator Jan Bradford organizes, and often leads, walks that explore the beautiful region of the Algarve. These walks are held once a month and are announced during morning worship service. Jan also provides flyers for each walk that give information on the venue, approximate walk time and degree of difficulty. There are walks in the countryside which is beautiful and not very well known to many visitors, hikes on top of coastal cliffs and on the beach, or pleasant, easy walks through nature reserves - something for everyone's taste and ability. Detailed information will be made available in good time before each walk.
If you would like to lead a walk, please contact Jan Bradford on 918870524.
SATURDAY 10TH FEBRUARY 2018
Rocha da Pena
This fairly challenging way-marked circular walk of approximately 5.6km (3.5ml) at Rocha da Pena is quite an uphill hike at the beginning, but well worth the effort. There are panoramic views from the top, a good variety of wildflowers, special butterflies and an Iron Age wall.
The track is rough and steep at the beginning, and also very rocky at the top and crossing the plateau. There are few easy or smooth parts and the descent is steep and rocky in places with loose rubble on some stretches of the path. Good footwear is essential. However, do not let this put you off, we will be taking frequent stops to rest and take photos. As we drop off the plateau we pass through the traditional Algarvian serra village of Penina, where we can stop for a drink or an ice cream.
The walk starts at Bar das Grutas in the hamlet of Rocha. Meet at church (bottom car park) to leave promptly at 9.30am or meet at Rocha at 10am.
Please wear footwear and clothing appropriate to the weather, and bring a bottle of water.
Further details from Sue (after 28th January): 289103873 / 932099588 or Jan Bradford: 918700524.
Details are taken from https://www.algarvewildlife.com/walksc-rochadapena.php where you can find further information and a route map.
SATURDAY 14TH APRIL 2018
Hills above Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo
A really exhilarating circular walk of around two hours, in the hills above Santa Catarina, taking in river valleys, hill top ridges and everything in between. The area is very remote and incredibly peaceful and you can see all the way to the ocean from the highest points.
We will be walking along gravel tracks and, although there will be no steep climbing, we will be walking uphill for a long time. There will be plenty of rest halts to admire the view and catch your breath – and its all downhill on the way back!
Meet at church in the lower car park at 9.15am to leave promptly at 9.30am. Alternatively go straight to the start of the walk for 10.30am. The walk will be starting from the bridge on the (only) through road above Santa Catarina do Fonte de Bispo. Travel along the N270 from Sao Bras de Alportel and, just before you enter the town of Santa Catarina, (you can see the roundabout in the centre of the town in the distance) take the road on your left signed Porto Carvalhosa and Restaurant. Follow the road for several miles (note: the main road goes right at the top a the hill if you’re not sure). When you come to a long, narrow bridge with no guard rails along the sides park in one of several laybys nearby. The GPS coordinates are 37.177639, -7.801303.
For more information please contact Jonathan Cunnington on +44 7852 822117 or Jan, the walk coordinator on 918700524.
Walk to Paderne Castle and Roman Bridge: May 2017