Deborah and Jackie’s Akapnou – 23 Feb.

Our hike of Saturday 23rd February 2019 takes place in the area around Akapnou village, in the Limassol District. The trail is circular and winds through farmland, orchards of olives and carobs, vistas of flowering almond trees and sleepy villages, giving some very picturesque views of the foothills of Troodos mountain. Jackie and Deborah are leading the hike, which will go ahead even in light rain; if you need to, call 99315380 or 99853125.

The walk, which is chiefly along dirt farm roads, is approximately 8 km long, of around 3 hrs duration, and of medium difficulty (grade 2) due to the elevation changes (from 358m to 485m). Other points of interest that we will see along the route are the unusual shrine of the Sacred Earth, the shrine to Agios Nikolaos in Klonari, the church of Agios Georgios in the centre of Akapnou village and the Venetian Bridge, approximately 300 metres north of the village. There is little shade and it would be good to bring water.

The hike starts at 11:15 am. We meet at the Byzantine chapel of Panagia tou Kampou on the F124 (GPS reference for those using Maps.me or Google maps is 34.840202,33.17926). There is ample parking space next to the chapel.

At the end of the walk, we will drive to Kellaki village for lunch at a local taverna, Manolas taverna on the F117 (GPS ref 34.808235,33.159183). To reach the taverna, retrace the route from the walk finish back to the main E109. Turn left towards Limassol and drive approximately 3 kms to the second turning on the left to Kellaki village, drive one kilometre and turn right at the large sign to the taverna. After another kilometre, the taverna is on the left-hand side and has ample parking. There is easy access from here to the motorway for your return trip. To facilitate arrangements, for your better service, you are required to pre-register, if you are joining us for lunch. To do so, please sms the walk leader or e-mail Xenophon by end Thursday. No need to register if you are not dining.

You have the choice of meeting the group at the walk start, or meet at the designated meeting point in Nicosia. In either case, you need to carry copy of this set of instructions. Meeting in Nicosia offers two important advantages: we drive in full cars, leaving some cars behind; thus, we save in fuel and enjoy the trip in good company. The meeting point in Nicosia is the Handicrafts Centre (Kentro Heirotechnias) on Leoforos Athalassas (Athalassa Avenue), which offers ample parking space. The car trip starts at 9:45 am. Please ensure you observe start times, for the benefit of the group.

How to get to the hike start from Nicosia or Limassol:

Take the motorway (A1) from Nicosia to Limassol. Leave the motorway at exit 21 to Parekklisia (65 km from Nicosia); after 200 metres turn left and left again to go under the motorway, then right to join the E 109 towards Eptagoneia. Zero your odometer and drive north on this road, passing Kellaki village. Turn right at 17.4 km by the bakery, onto the F124 towards Akapnou for another kilometre. At the T-junction, turn right and continue for another kilometre to the Byzantine Chapel.

For Strollers who have the Wikilocs app on their phones, the trail can be found and followed under the name of Akapnou Venetian bridge no 2 posted by jwd2005. Equally, the app Maps.me has clear directions to reach the trail start and how to follow it.

How to get to the meeting point for the car trip, coming from the Hilton hotel area:

Get yourself on Makarios Avenue, heading out of town and set your odometer to zero as you drive past the Nicosia Hilton hotel. At the 0.1 km reading you reach traffic lights (with the Apoel club building on your right), go straight. At the 0.5 km reading you reach another set of traffic lights, go straight. Driving along, you pass a few more traffic lights, staying on this main road (named Leoforos Lemesou/ Limassol Avenue). At the 2.1 km reading, you reach a principal set of traffic lights. Set your odometer to zero again and turn right here. You are now in Leoforos Athalassas, a very busy avenue. At the 0.2 km reading you see a large empty space on your right and the Handicrafts Centre (a single-storey building) on your left. Park in the parking area. We meet here. The Handicrafts Centre is next to the church of St. Barnabas.

How to get to the meeting point for the car trip, coming from the Presidential Palace area:

Get to the round-about next to the Presidential Palace. From downtown Nicosia you reach this along the Kyriakou Matsi avenue or along the D. Severi avenue. Set your odometer to zero on the round-about and drive along the principal road towards Strovolos. At the 0.3 km reading you reach traffic lights. Go straight. At the 0.6 km reading you reach a 2nd set of traffic lights. Set your odometer to zero again and turn left. You are now in Leoforos Athalassas, a very busy avenue full of shops. At the 2.6 km reading you see a large empty space on your left and the Handicrafts Centre (a single-storey building) on your right. Park here.

Google Maps: Here is a map for those coming from the Hilton area to the meeting place for the car trip http://tinyurl.com/phjc6s7

Google Maps: Here is a map for those coming from the Presidential Palace area to the meeting place for the car trip http://tinyurl.com/neo9duy

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