Important message to participants of the 15 Nov. hike

Due to the government measures which shut down the districts of Limassol and Paphos, we regret to announce that our walk leader, Gunnar, cannot be with us on the day. Xenophon will take charge, in his place. We further announce new driving instructions to get to the walk start, from Nicosia; please ignore the originally published route, which passes the villages of Palekhori and then Agros; there will be road blocks, given Agros lies in Limassol district. Visit the updated page https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/madari-teisia-15-nov/ and print the new instructions. If you prefer, meet Xenophon at the Nicosia meeting point, but be on time, and have the printout with you, we cannot drive in a convoy. If you are driving from the Larnaca area, the safest option is to leave home earlier, and get to the Nicosia meeting point.

Hiking Made Pleasant is Back

Dear Strollers,

Hello. If a few have been considering the 4 months’ hiatus of the Club rather long, this summer’s excessive and prolonged heatwaves have provided a strong explanation; as well as one further tangible evidence of Responsible Hiking.

Join us on 4 October for the start of season 13. Over the first 12 productive seasons we have achieved

  • 185 hiking events
  • Covering 1800 km
  • Over 575 hours.

Please visit the Activities Schedule section on https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-schedule/, to view, download and study the program of weekly hiking activities for October, November and December 2020. For any activity that catches your attention, please visit the Activities Description section on https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/ to view, download and read a complete set of instructions.

Lots of new and exciting things are happening, and here are a few highlights:

  • There are 12 excursions scheduled
  • of these, 4 are NEW
  • There are 5 different Walk Leaders, who are responsible for leading the Cyprus Strollers on these 12 activities; this represents a great accomplishment, and is a clear sign of the true hiking spirit, a spirit of togetherness, sharing and giving
  • please join me in welcoming for the first time Antonis, while welcoming back Gunnar, Nicos and Angelos, the Walk Leaders, alongside Xenophon
  • We start at high altitudes in October, in anticipation of warmer weather, and move to lower altitudes in December, when cold and rain are more likely.

The thrust of covid-19 upon our lives is, inevitably, affecting our Club, as well. The following are a few of the changes brought about, together with a few clarifications:

  • To provide you with maximum safety vis-à-vis covid-19, and in order to have maximum traceability, we require every participant to register, irrespective of your participation at lunch or not
  • why are we enforcing registration for each participant? Imagine, God forbid, if one participant tests covid-positive, and the authorities descend on me, asking the names of every other participant, as the protocol for traceability demands, for your protection, and I were to reply vaguely
  • New members are especially welcome, as this Club has built a tradition for hospitality; yet if you are new to the club or have not applied for membership so far, you must provide your name, surname, e-mail and mobile telephone number in corresponding
  • To register for any specific event, the safest method is for a member to send the Organizer an e-mail, based on the instructions published in the corresponding Activities Description page. Please do not expect a mid-week e-mail, as has been the tradition for years. E-mails only serve as a reminder and they may or may not get to you, as an effort is made to prune them
  • In short, do not wait to receive an e-mail, please visit the website once a week, get the info and send in your e-mail to register
  • in the unlikely situation that an event is canceled, the only means of secure communication is to visit the website, before leaving home

Furthermore, some things remain unchanged, and characterize the Cyprus Strollers as a unique hiking club; among them:

  • Commitment to first-class planning and organization
  • Excursions alternate between Saturdays and Sundays, thus appealing to more people
  • Dedicated website, fully informed, well in advance, in English
  • Our caring, multinational character; we are open to Strollers of any nationality, both permanent residents, as well as visitors to the island
  • Shared passion for hiking and enjoying the Cyprus countryside, in pleasant company
  • Well-chosen tavernas, serving us very good value meals at reasonable prices, because we honour them with our loyalty.

The Cyprus Strollers are committed to “Hiking made Pleasant”, our slogan. Please help us to carry on delivering on this promise, with your valuable contribution.

Thank you and enjoy the walks in store. Xenophon

Extra activity 6 June – Myllomeris and Kampos Livadiou

With full respect of the government measures about the covid-19 threat, this club announces the following extra activity for Saturday 6 June. We invite interest from members to conduct a double hike of Myllomeris waterfall, followed by Kampos Livadiou, followed by a picnic at the organized picnic site at Kampos Livadiou. For the picnic you are urged to bring along bite-sized food; in this way, you will be offering some of what you carry to others, and at the same time picking bites carried by fellow Strollers; doesn’t this sound more exciting than if you were to bring along just one sandwich?

We set off from the church of tis Theou Sophias in Nicosia at 9:15 am. The Myllomeris hike starts at 10:45 am. For driving instructions and other details please read this https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/troodos-platres-myllomeris-waterfall-and-kampos-livadiou-two-trails-sat-13-may/. The hike will take place with one or more groups of 10 members; this means that if there is interest from more than 10 members, a second group of 10 will be formed, which will set off at a distance from the first group of 10; similarly for a third group of 10 and so on. The activity requires pre-registration, in the deadline indicated (Thursday 12 noon), and participation will be authorized and approved with a return e-mail. The members selected for participation will receive a return e-mail from Xenophon. In case you have not received a return e-mail, this means a rejection from this activity; we apologise and urge you to apply again next time.

To register, the only vehicle is via e-mail to Xenophon.hasapis@gmail.com. In replying, you must respond to all the following points a) state if you have tested positive to covid-19; if yes, we ask you to have with you the results of the test where you subsequently tested clear, b) state if you will have the time and appetite to take part at the picnic or not, c) state if you are prepared to drive to the hike start or you must have a lift, d) state your firm decision and availability to participate; if uncertain, if you face some dependency, kindly do not rush to apply and do not take the place of someone who is more eager.

If you are new to the club or have not applied for membership so far, you must provide your name, surname, e-mail and mobile telephone number, as well. Thank you.

A Sad Equinox

The Club has decided to cancel the event of 22 March. The covid-19 news call for prudency. Note, this is not a message of cancellation of the other scheduled activities coming up. We will be assessing the situation each week and acting accordingly. There will be no broad e-mail dispatches to act as reminders. Please visit the website to get the information updates. Thank you for your understanding. Today marks the spring equinox. The photo shows wisteria, Xenophon’s favourite climbing plant, expected to blossom over the next few weeks. Let us pray for better times to come for all soon.

A New Starting Point for the Hike of 15 Dec.

Alert! The area of Kamares is vulnerable to flooding, and has been affected by the continuous rain of the past few days. Consequently the starting point for the hike round the Larnaca Salt Lake of 15 December is moved. Driving instructions follow: Get to the main junction between Leoforos Lemesou/ Limassol Avenue and Leoforos Athalassas. Zero your odometer at this junction. Drive along the Nicosia-Limassol motorway, heading towards Larnaca. At the 34.6 km reading, you reach a major roundabout. Ignore the exit to the right, which leads to the airport. Ignore the exit to the left, which leads to Dhekelia and Agia Napa. Zero your odometer and continue straight, towards Larnaca city. You pass several traffic lights (at the 1.4, 3.1, 4.8 km readings), going straight. At the 4.8 km reading you pass a church on your left. The next traffic lights come at the 5.4 km reading, where you see the Larnaca Fire Station on your left. Go straight here. At the next traffic lights turn right into 1st April street. Drive along and choose the left bend at the Y-junction (the right bend looks a side road). This road reaches a roundabout; take the 2nd exit at the roundabout (a sign indicates the trail) and park your car on the side.

Attention Hiking Lovers

Hello and welcome back, after your summer break. The Cyprus Strollers are ready to kick-off their 11th season of operation on Sunday 6 October.

Over the first 10 productive seasons we have achieved

  • 160 hiking events
  • Covering 1543 km
  • Over 504 hours.

Please visit the Activities Schedule section on https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-schedule/, to view, download and study the program of weekly hiking activities for October, November and December 2019. For any activity that catches your attention, please visit the Activities Description section on https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/ to view, download and read a complete set of instructions.

Lots of new and exciting things are happening, and here are a few highlights:

  • There are 12 excursions scheduled
  • of these, 7 are either entirely new or hikes containing new aspects
  • There are 4 different Walk Leaders, who are responsible for leading the Cyprus Strollers on these 12 activities; this represents a great accomplishment, and is a clear sign of the true hiking spirit, a spirit of togetherness, sharing and giving
  • please join me in applauding George, Koula and Nicos, the Walk Leaders for October – December 2017, alongside Xenophon
  • We start at high altitudes in October, in anticipation of warmer weather, and move to lower altitudes in December, when cold and rain are more likely.

Furthermore, some things remain unchanged, and characterize the Cyprus Strollers as a unique hiking club; among them:

  • Commitment to first-class planning and organization
  • Excursions alternate between Saturdays and Sundays, thus appealing to more people
  • Dedicated website, fully informed, well in advance, in English
  • Our caring, multinational character; we are open to Strollers of any nationality, both permanent residents, as well as visitors to the island
  • Shared passion for hiking and enjoying the Cyprus countryside, in pleasant company
  • Well-chosen tavernas, serving us very good value meals at reasonable prices, because we honour them with our loyalty.

The Cyprus Strollers are committed to “Hiking made Pleasant”, our slogan. Please help us to carry on delivering on this promise, with your valuable contribution. Thank you and enjoy the many walks in store.

A Happy New Year for The Cyprus Strollers

Best wishes for a happy 2019 to every member and friend. The Cyprus Strollers has concluded its 9th season of hiking activity. Over October-December 2018 we hiked for 36.5 hours, covering 114 km. Cumulatively from start, the hikes add up to 440 hours and the distance to 1340 km.

The Schedule for January-May 2019 is available for you to download and print at the Activities section of this website https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-schedule/. Join us on 13 January for an exciting day, including Vasilopita https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/lythrodontas-2-hikes-13-january/

It is Good to Know – Your Questions Answered

With the start of the new season a few days away, we extend a welcome to every Stroller, old and new.

The Schedule for October – December 2018 is here https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-schedule/. The detailed instructions per activity are here https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/.

Also, a new section has been created, which provides Answers to your Questions most frequently asked https://cyprus-strollers.org/answers-to-faq/. We recommend that you take the time needed to study this, because it is good to know. If you continue to have a question unanswered, please drop us a line.

 

Alert! Delikipos moves to 18 Feb.

The weather forecast at time of writing tells a sharp contrast between coming Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is forecast with rain, at 100% probability, whereas Sunday is forecast SUNNY, with ZERO rain. Consequently, in consultation with the Walk Leader, the hike at Delikipos is moved from Saturday 17 Feb. to SUNDAY 18 Feb. Times and other details remain as described in the Activities Description section. Everybody who has registered already, is kindly requested to reconfirm their availability for Sunday 18th. Thank you.

Happy New Year to Every Stroller!

The Cyprus Strollers welcome the New Year and wish every Stroller and every follower health, peace and many pleasant hikes in 2018.

The Cyprus Strollers concluded their 7th season of activities, over October – December 2017, with lots to smile about:

12 hikes,

of which 5 new;

115 km walked,

for a total of 36 hours.

Cumulatively, over all 7 seasons, our accomplishment is as follows:

109 hikes,

1018 km walked,

for a total of 329 hours

of innumerable fun.

The new Schedule for January – May 2018 is published; you may download and study it here https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-schedule/. There are 20 excursions planned, of which 6 are new; there are 12 walk Leaders in charge, which is a club record! Join us on 7 January for the start of the 8th season https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/selladi-karamanli-polystypos-linear-trail-7-jan/.