PR-G 141 ROTA DO OURO E DO CAMIÑO REAL

Hiking
507
On the Way of St. James

Location

Quiroga - Lugo

Coordinates:
42º 28' 49.8" N - 7º 20' 21.1" W

Description

This circular route starts in the village of Margaride, next to the old mining complex known as Covas do Medo.
We climb a narrow path, near the railroad tracks, until we come to the village of As Covas. From this point, a forest trail takes us to a steep climb, at the top of which are the remains of Dares Hill Fort and a viewpoint with a spectacular view over the River Sil, Quiroga Valley and the surrounding peaks.
After recovering our strength in this privileged place, the route comes gently down to join the so-called Royal Highway, signposted as the Camino de Inverno or Winter Road.
From here we continue north of the village of Riomaior. Towards O Carballo de Lor we find the Pontón do Rigueiro, a old and recently restored bridge which retains its original design and takes us back to Margaride along the old Mass Route.

Access

On the N-120 linking Ourense and Ponferrada, take the LU-5003 towards Margaride.

The Ways of St. James

The Winter Camino

A plus

Royal Highways
These roads were built by the Spanish crown, often taking advantage of old Roman roads, for the transit of people, goods and livestock. They were ways to communicate the different areas of the country, also known as “horseshoe roads”, as they were paved and made things easier for beasts of burden.
On these roads signs to mark the distances in leagues, the legacy of the Roman milestone system, were installed, together with other elements that made the road more comfortable, such as fountains, stone benches, sundials and food establishments.
The stretch of the Royal Highway on this route is documented in various writings as the entry into Galicia from Ponferrada. The route had already been used by the Romans, and later became a branch of the French Pilgrims’ Road to Santiago de Compostela.

Longitude

16 km.

Point of Departure / Arrival

Covas do Medo In Margaride (Quiroga) - UTM:29T X:636629 Y:4704680

Route

Covas do medo, Castro Dares, Camiño Real, Riomaior, Pontón do Rigueiro, Covas do Medo.

Difficulty

High

Duration

5 hours.

Services

Off the route, on the N-120, in O Conceado, 1.5 km away from Margaride.

M.I.D.E.

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Bicycle access

Totally suitable

Horse access

Totally suitable

cartography I.G.N. (1:25:000)

Nº189-II Quiroga.

Further information

Quiroga Town Council
Rúa Real, s/n.
27320 Quiroga
Tel.: 982 428 001 / Fax: 982 428 808
e-mail: concello.quiroga@eidolocal.es
www.concellodequiroga.com

Galician Mountaineering Association
(see page 146)

Altitudinal profile

Minimum height above sea level: 250 m.
Maximum height above sea level: 622 m.
Cumulative elevation loss: 602 m.
Cumulative elevation gain: 612 m.

Kind of route

Small travel

Tipificación

General interest

Map

Initial pickup date: 01/08/2019
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