Our walk on Saturday, 20 April is a new one, with several outstanding features: – it is only 30 km from Nicosia; – it is less than 10 km long; – it goes beside a river for a short way then goes through pine forest to a hilltop with great views over Nicosia and the mountains beyond; – it is mostly off-trail, showing Cyprus at its best, but is easy to walk, with very few thorns.
Ian will lead this walk, which will start at 10.45 and will take place even in light rain. If rain persists a shorter route will be chosen. The way is circular and has a degree of difficulty 3, because it is off-trail. The length and elevation are not difficult. Shorts must not be worn, and thick trousers, e.g. jeans, are best. Walking poles are advisable, also a waterproof jacket and change of clothing. If you have questions please call Ian on 96852722.
Afterwards, a taverna lunch will be provided; details will be announced at the hike start. Those who wish to dine must register first, only by contacting Ian via sms, by end of Thursday. Please no e-mails to Xenophon for this event. If you do not intend to join us for lunch, no need to register, just turn up.
The start point has coordinates 34.99464, 33.160635. The trail can be found on Wikilic as “Cyprus Trailfinders 1”.
We will meet at the church of tis Theou Sophias (aka Agia Sophia) in Strovolos (35.147606, 33.334814) to arrange car-sharing (to save the environment), and leave at 9.45.
How to get to the walk start: From Nicosia get to the junction between Cineplex and Apolloneion Hospital. At the traffic lights where you have the Cineplex on your left hand side and Apolloneion Hospital on your right hand side, continue straight ahead (on the principal road towards Troodos). At the next traffic lights (0.5 km further on) zero your odometer and go straight. At the 2.5 km reading you leave the main road, taking the side road on your left, named E903 and signposted to Palekhori. At the 2.8 km reading you get to a roundabout; take the first exit to the left, signposted to Palekhori. Drive along this main road (E903) for 20.6 km, passing a military base (named Tasos Markou) on your right and a winery, also on the right. Turn left onto the F962 and drive for 1.5 km, following signs to Klirou, across the river and up the hill. Before entering Klirou, turn right onto the E904 to Kalo Chorio. Continue south for 2.4 km through the village and beyond, following signs for Gourri and Farmakas. The walk start is 1.3 km outside the village, before a bend to the left, at a little track to the right, at GPS 34.99464, 33.160635. The walk will start at 10.45.
How to get from Limassol to the walk start: At exit 28 take the main road towards Trimiklini, then Saittas. Get to the principal junction at Saittas, where you have the options of going straight to Platres or left to Pera Pedi, or right to Amiantos. Zero your odometer and turn right. At the 10.9 km reading you reach the principal junction of Karvounas (note, no traffic lights). Do not go straight, downhill (this takes you to Kakopetria). Do not turn left (this takes you to Troodos square). Turn right, signposted to Pitsilia region. Drive through and out of the villages of Kyperounda, Handria and Agros. The next village you pass is Palekhori. A few km past Palekhori (in the direction of Nicosia) look out for the right turn onto the F962 and drive for 1.5 km, following signs to Klirou, across the river and up the hill. Before entering Klirou, turn right onto the E904 to Kalo Chorio. Continue south for 2.4 km through the village and beyond, following signs for Gourri and Farmakas. The walk start is 1.3 km outside the village, before a bend to the left, at a little track to the right, at GPS 34.99464, 33.160635. The walk will start at 10.45. One other route to get to the hike start is along the Limassol-Nicosia motorway; leave the motorway to drive left, past the villages of Ora, then Odou, then Gourri and from there to Kalo Chorio.
How to get to the meeting point for the car trip: From Nicosia get to the junction between Cineplex and Apolloneion Hospital. At the traffic lights where you have the Cineplex on your left hand side and Apolloneion Hospital on your right hand side, zero your odometer and turn left. At the 0.3 km reading you see Lidl supermarket on your right. At the 0.8 km reading you reach traffic lights. Turn left into Elaionon street. Immediately after you observe the very large church of tis Theou Sophias, with its green dome, on your right. Just past the church (1.0 km reading) take the first turning to the right into Kastellas street. This side street offers ample parking space. Park here.
Google Maps: Here is a map taking you from the junction between Cineplex and Apolloneion Hospital to the church of tis Theou Sophias http://tinyurl.com/ll9fefj
Google Maps: Here is a map taking you from the Presidential Palace to the church of tis Theou Sophias: http://tinyurl.com/ndnr6uo
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