Our walk of Saturday 21 February 2015 follows the Pedieos river banks trail. For nature lovers, this is the pride of Nicosia. We start at the parking area on Heilonos Avenue, adjacent to the Ministry of Health. The walk starts at 11:00 am. Xenophon is leading this walk, which will go ahead even in light rain; if you need to, call 97613720. The walk will take about 3 hours, is on totally flat ground and is classified as easy. We follow the well-marked trail of Pedieos towards Lakatamia, and return by the same path. A significant part of the walk is on the banks of the river (initially the left bank, later on we cross to the right bank). A good part of the walk is under the shade of trees.
The Pedieos river banks trail is a fairly recent addition to the beauties of Nicosia; consequently, for most of its distance it carries lighting, making it suitable also for the evenings. Further, in most parts the trail splits in two, providing one trail for cyclists, and another for strollers.
At the end of the walk we shall sit down for lunch at a nearby taverna. Instructions will be announced at the start of the walk.
How to get to the walk start:
The starting point is a short 12 minute walk from the very central Solomou square. Follow Omirou Avenue westwards. When you get to the traffic lights with the Cyprus Archaeological Museum on your right (and the House of Representatives/ Parliament opposite the Museum, also on your right) turn left. 25 metres afterwards this road splits in two. Take the right turn, this is Heilonos Avenue. The parking place where we meet is about 200 metres down this road, on your left hand side.
Google Maps: Here is a map taking you from Solomou square (the central bus terminal on Omirou Avenue, in Nicosia city centre), to the parking place on Heilonos Avenue, where we meet to start our walk http://tinyurl.com/nz2b6bb
About Pedieos river: The river originates in the Mahairas mountain and flows north, through Nicosia, before turning east to irrigate the Mesaoria plain and meet the sea at Famagusta bay. Its length is approx. 100 km.
Disclaimer: If you attend a Cyprus Strollers walk you do so entirely at your own risk. The Cyprus Strollers is a social club and neither the organizers nor the leader of the walk are responsible for the health and safety of those taking part.