Troodos – Prodromos dam walk: 1 October

Welcome to the inaugural activity of the 7th season of The Cyprus Strollers. Our hike of Sunday 1 October 2017 takes place on the Troodos mountain range. We walk entirely along a dirt (forest) road, which winds west and then north on the principal Troodos massif, concluding at the picnic site of the attractive dam, near Prodromos village. Prodromos is the village with the highest altitude in Cyprus. The hike starts on the main road leading from Troodos square to Platres, involves several uphill and downhill sections, is 9 km long, rated 2 (medium difficulty), and is expected to take about 3 hours. We walk at an altitude of 1400 – 1500 m. The hike starts at 11:00 am. Xenophon is leading this event, which will go ahead even in light rain; if you need to, call 97613720.

The hike is in dense forest, with the impressive black pine trees (Pinus nigra), golden oaks, common pines, cherry trees and several other species of trees and bushes delighting the Stroller. The path further offers a few enticing viewpoints, with views to Paphos forest and Prodromos village. We begin with a climb for the initial 10 min; we then go downhill for about 10 minutes; the next 20 min are fairly level; near the one hour mark there is a demanding uphill section for about 15 min; this is followed by a downhill section for some 20 min, up to about the 90 min mark; the rest of the path is mostly on a gentle uphill.

Because of the difficulty, we will only walk the trail in one direction. This translates to a set of logistics rules, which participating Strollers need to observe, as a group. Please study them carefully and make up your mind, based on your acceptance of these demands, as follows:

*you need to register for this activity (e-mail the walk leader by end Thursday; no calls, please)

*the event is open only to Strollers who accept participation at dinner, at the end of the hike

*we need to drive in cars of 2 adults (driver + one passenger); when registering, please indicate whether you are bringing your car, or if you need a lift

*to start, all cars shall drive from Nicosia to the walk finish (Prodromos dam); half of the cars will park there and the Strollers in those cars will get in the cars continuing from there

*half of the cars will drive on from Prodromos dam to the walk start on the Troodos – Platres road

*at the conclusion of the hike, all Strollers shall drive back from Prodromos dam to the Troodos – Platres road, to pick-up the cars parked at the walk start.

At that point, all cars shall drive to the taverna.

Please read all driving instructions below and have a copy with you on the day. To turn this plan into a success, it is imperative that you adhere to times and use your odometer as instructed.

At the end of the walk we shall drive to a taverna, for a set meal.

If you live in or near Nicosia, you need to meet at the designated meeting point in Nicosia. If you are joining us from a distant place, such as Limassol, kindly alert the walk leader as early as possible, to work out a plan for you and others traveling like you. The meeting point in Nicosia is an open field which offers ample parking space in Archangelos. This is a new meeting point. The car trip starts at 9:15 am. Please ensure you observe start times, for the benefit of the group.

How to get to the walk finish (Prodromos dam), via Kakopetria village:

From Nicosia take the A9 motorway towards Troodos. The A9 smoothly becomes the B9 highway (towards Troodos), when the motorway ends (near Kokkinotrimithia). On the B9 you drive past the villages of Akaki, then Peristerona and then you reach the village of Astromeritis. At the Astromeritis traffic lights, where most cars turn left towards Troodos, turn left. Drive along the main road, until you reach Kakopetria. You do not need to enter Kakopetria, just drive along the principal road. As you pass Kakopetria, look out for the road sign on your left hand side, indicating a right turn, directing you to ‘Pedoulas, via Agios Nicolaos Stegis’. Turn right along this picturesque paved road, and drive its entire 12 km. This road ends at a T-junction, where it meets the Pedoulas – Prodromos road. Turn left at the T-junction, driving uphill towards Prodromos. You pass Louis taverna on your right. 200 m later you reach the only roundabout in Prodromos: take the main road continuing uphill, signposted to Troodos. In a few minutes you pass Prodromos dam, on your right. Continue to drive along the main road, past the dam, but slow down, looking out for a collection of signs; one wooden sign indicates ‘nature trail’, another wooden sign indicates ‘Stavroulia’ and has a map; a third, metal sign, carries illustrations of trees and an arrow. At this point, exit the paved road, turning right and park on the side; there are sufficient parking spaces. We meet here. The distance from Prodromos roundabout to the meeting point is 2 ½ km. Note: the route via Kakopetria village and Agios Nicolaos Stegis is the shortest of the two options available, from Nicosia, and the most picturesque.

How to get to the walk finish (Prodromos dam), via Troodos square:

From Nicosia take the A9 motorway towards Troodos. The A9 smoothly becomes the B9 highway (towards Troodos), when the motorway ends (near Kokkinotrimithia). On the B9 you drive past the villages of Akaki, then Peristerona and then you reach the village of Astromeritis. At the Astromeritis traffic lights, where most cars turn left towards Troodos, turn left. Drive along the main road, until you reach Troodos. From Troodos, follow the road signs towards the village of Prodromos. The distance from Troodos square to the meeting point is 5 ½ km. As you approach the 5 ½ km mark slow down, looking out for a collection of signs; one wooden sign indicates ‘nature trail’, another wooden sign indicates ‘Stavroulia’ and has a map; a third, metal sign, carries illustrations of trees and an arrow. At this point, exit the paved road, turning left and park on the side; there are sufficient parking spaces. We meet here. Caution: if you have reached the dam on your left, you have gone too far; turn back and drive uphill.

How to get from the walk finish (Prodromos dam), to the walk start on the Troodos – Platres road: Zero your odometer and drive uphill, in the direction of Troodos square. After 5 ½ km you have reached Troodos square; turn right, into the square, and drive along the cobbled road through the square; as you exit the square take the road to Platres; near the 9 km reading slow down and look out for a side road on your right. This is a dirt (forest) road going uphill, signposted to ‘Platanos Kalogirou 7 km’ and ‘Prodromos dam 10 km’. Park on the side. The walk starts here.

How to get from the walk start on the Troodos – Platres road to the walk finish: Zero your odometer and drive uphill, in the direction of Troodos square. After 3.2 km you have reached Troodos square; turn left, into the square, and drive along the cobbled road through the square; as you exit the square (at the 3.5 km reading), at the T-junction, take the road to the left towards Prodromos. Near the 9 km reading slow down and look out for the collection of signs. At this point exit the paved road, turning left and park on the side; there are sufficient parking spaces.

How to get from Limassol to the walk start:

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. Continue straight to Platres. At the junction of Psilo Dendro (taverna and trout farm on your right) (this is the starting point to Caledonian waterfall) zero your odometer and continue straight, towards Troodos. At the 2.1 km reading you pass a junction with a left turn leading to Trooditissa monastery; continue straight towards Troodos. At the 4.2 km reading you arrive at the walk start, on your left, signposted to ‘Platanos Kalogirou 7 km’ and ‘Prodromos dam 10 km’. Park on the side. The walk starts here.

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 go straight, along Archangelos avenue, in the direction of Troodos. At the 0.3 km reading you reach the first traffic lights; turn left into Agiou Alexiou street. At the 0.4 km reading you reach a T-junction; turn right into Agiou Gennadiou street and immediately after you observe on your left an open field used for parking; get onto it and park your car. We meet here. In front of this field there is a violet box for collecting clothes and also a water tank from where people can buy water.

Google Maps: Here is a map taking you from the junction between Cineplex and Apolloneion Hospital to the parking field on Agiou Gennadiou street http://tinyurl.com/lg3u78q

Google Maps: Here is a map taking you from the Presidential Palace to the parking field on Agiou Gennadiou street: http://tinyurl.com/k9gabhs

Google Maps: Here is a map showing the walk start area https://www.google.com/maps/dir/34.9087223,32.8595522//@34.915004,32.8397682,15z

Google Maps: Here is a map showing the walk finish area

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/34.9475314,32.843931//@34.9442071,32.8372791,15z

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.

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