Path Care

The Friends of the Kalderimi of South Pelion

Οι Φίλοι των Καλντεριμιών του Νοτίου Πηλίου

Path Care and Maintenance

Apart from finding and opening the kalderimi to make them safe and enjoyable to walk, we also care for and maintain these paths on a regular basis.

We are in the process of establishing a database of all the official Friends of the Kalderimi walks, and so far more than 70 have been identified. We are now gathering information on the current condition of the paths, broken down into manageable walk sections.

We are also putting together a maintenance schedule so that we can keep more walks open and safe for people.

But there are a lot of gaps in the information available and a lot of work is required to care for and maintain these paths.

The database indicating the walk name and reference number, Wikiloc link (if any and if not they will be added where possible during updates), date of last inspection, date of last maintenance, condition (if known), known cleaning requirements and date of scheduled cleaning or maintenance, can be found here.

This database will be updated and published on this website each week.  The last update was on Friday 4 October 2019

We will regularly update this page to keep you informed of the state of paths where known.  If you walk one of our paths and find a problem or simply want to report the path as clear then please email: pathcare@friendsofthekalderimi.org 

... but we need your help!

Many thanks to the workers and volunteers, including those from other groups and organisations, who help to keep our paths open for all to enjoy.  

We now have over 70 paths so keeping them maintained is a challenge, but with your support and feedback we can try to ensure we keep as many open as possible.

Every time you use a walk, please send an email to pathcare@friendsofthekalderimi.org letting us know whether the 

walk is clear, or whether it needs cleaning, clearer signing or you encountered any other problems.

If you undertake personal cleaning of walks in your area, then please email us at pathcare@friendsofthekalderimi.org to let us know, so that we can share that information through the website.

Finally, if you are happy to volunteer to help with cleaning crews (provisionally on Thursdays from 10th October 2019) then let us know by email to pathcare@friendsofthekalderimi.org.

Path Care Update - 18 October 2019

We will regularly update this page to keep you informed of the state of paths where known.  If you walk one of our paths and find a problem or simply want to report the path as clear then please email: pathcare@friendsofthekalderimi.org  

Lots of updates this week (18/10/19). Thank you to all of you who contributed:

  • The South Pelion Trail from Pinakates to Vyzitsa has been cleaned from Pinakates to the agricultural road next to the first stream past Pinakates. The remainder of the walk is scheduled for cleaning on 24th October. Volunteers are more than welcome.

We have also had several path reports as below (details are also in the maintenance sections):

  • The path from Agia Sofia to Platania is in good condition. Milies railway station to Vyzitsa (South Pelion Trail). The path is generally good. A little narrow near the station end but OK.
  • From Vizitsa on the path down towards Kala Nera as far as the railway line is generally clear. The first part of the descent is good and has been cleaned quite recently to the full width of the kalderimi. Later there are several sections which need cleaning.
  • Platanias to Lafkos (from Randi to Lafkos) needs cleaning, including sections of the South Pelion Trail.
  • Metochi to Lafkos (South Pelion Trail). There are several sections that need cleaning, including the track down to the washing area in Metochi which is completely overgrown.
  • Paou Monastery, the last track below the monastery of Paou, from the asphalt road to the beach, is overgrown and will need cleaning.

    The following paths have been checked or reported as clear:

    • Kala Nera via Kato Gatzea to Ano Gatzea Railway station
    • Ano Gatzea Railway Station to Agios Georgios plateia
    • Trikeri to Kotes
    • Trikeri to Alogopourous
    • Trihili to Threacontas (links the Alogopourous walk)
    • Argalasti circular walk #1
    • Hounes - Siki
    • Agios Georgios to Pinakates
    • Megali Paou to Mikro Paou
      • Milies Railway Station to Vizitsa


      The following paths have recently been cleaned:

      • Agios Georgios to Pinakates - cleaned on 10 October
      • Megali Paou to Mikro Paou - cleaned on 10 October
      • Pinakates to Vyzitsa - (first half of the walk) cleaned on 17th October


      The following paths are currently reported as blocked and are scheduled for maintenance and clearing:

      • Kidones to Pighes route (Milina circular). There is a section of path blocked which local members tried to clear this week but only managed to get 100 m  -  apparently it is a section not cleared before which goes round a church (although there is a dirt track which we believe can be used as an alternative).
      • Metochi to Argalasti (starting by the vrisi in Metochi). The path appears to be completely blocked at the bottom and most of the route up towards Argalasti.

      The following paths are passable but require some cleaning and have been added to the maintenance schedule:

        • Kala Nera to Pinakates plateia. Most of this kalderimi walk is clear but a couple of sections above and below the railway line are fairly overgrown.  Whilst passable these sections do require some cleaning.
        • Argalasti to Horto (famously opened with the schools of Argalasti), needs clearing after it crosses the road below the church up near Argalasti.  Local members have started clearing the paths below that down to Horto. There is one fallen tree which has been cut back but it needs  to be removed.
        • Argalasti to Kalamos (southerly route). This route goes past the chapel and old olive mill and as far as we know still needs clearing on the last section of kalderimi before you reach the river.
        • Xinovrisi to Potistika gets blocked every year at a certain point and needs clearing regularly. This was last done on 3 July 2019 but may need cleaning again.
        • Vyzitsa to Kala Nera above the railway line. The first part of the descent is good and has been cleaned quite recently to the full width of the kalderimi. Later (after crossing a concrete bridge across the river gorge) we join an earth road and a small church.


      Just after this the kalderimi leaves the earth road to the right and goes slightly up hill before continuing downhill. This whole section needs thorough cleaning. It is good kalderimi and almost completely closed. Later it crosses an earth road and goes down hill. More cleaning needed. There are some places where recent tree cuttings are thrown to the path blocking it.Finally there is a short section completely blocked. It is very difficult to get round as there is a drop to one side and a bank to the other.

      • Platanias to Lafkos. The path from Randi to Agia Spiridon needs cleaning. After crossing the major earth road part of the following section joining to the Mikro road needs cleaning. Also from here back to Platania following SPT  there are many sections that need cleaning. Forwards to Lafkos the section that decends from the Mikro road and emerges by the DEH substation needs cleaning and widening to reveal the kalderimi that you can see in places.
      • Metochi to Lafkos (South Pelion Trail) There are three small sections from Lafkos the first below the ashphalt. Then we cross the ashphalt, and walk above it. Then we cross again and walk below it. Those bits need cleaning. When it crosses for the third time we are then on earth roads as far as Argalasti. These bits are OK.

      Telephone: 6908380110


      This mobile telephone is switched on and available ONLY on organised walks or at some other events.  

      Please keep a record of it on your mobile phone in case you need to contact someone during a walk or event.


      If you need to make contact with any member of the committee at any other time, please email them direct (email addresses here)

      or email info@friendsofthekalderimi.org and we will get back to you as soon as practicable.

       

      If you take part in a Friends of the Kalderimi walk or event you do so entirely at your own risk and neither the Friends of the Kalderimi

      nor the organisers or leaders of the walk or event are in any way responsible for the safety of those taking part.