The Friends of the Kalderimi of South Pelion
WHAT WE DO!
We are a nature loving, conservation, cultural and walking society and a non profit organisation.
A summary of our aims:
Finding and Opening
The Friends of the Kalderimi of South Pelion are constantly looking for existing kalderimi which may have become overgrown, have been damaged or are hidden below monopatia, driveways, orchards and tarmac roads. Following the book "A Hiker's Guide to Mount Pelion" by Nikos Haratsis, members have discovered and re-opened in excess of 100 km of kalderimi throughout the Pelion area. When a disused kalderimi has been discovered, work parties are organised to gather together and, using power tools and hand tools, clear the path.
When a disused kalderimi has been discovered, work parties are organised to gather together and, using power tools and hand tools, clear the pathway. Once any obstructions have been removed and trees and undergrowth cut back, the path itself is cleared and raked and, where possible, the original kalderimi stones are exposed. Everyone who organises and takes part in these work parties is a volunteer - the work is undertaken without any payment for time, petrol or meals and drinks using tools provided by the Friends of the Kalderimi as well as people's own tools.
Work parties take place throughout the cooler months of the year and whenever possible trees and undergrowth which have been cut down are burned and the area left clean and tidy. The volunteers will normally be working for three or four hours at a time and may go to the same area time and time again until the path is cleared and fit for safe walking. The new walk will then be mapped and signposted, and uploaded to the internet.
You will find a list of recent work parties together with photographs here.
Signing and Mapping
Historically, the paths identified by the Friends of the Kalderimi of South Pelion have been marked by red paint blobs and arrows on stones, trees etc. In more recent years the circular yellow metal signs have been erected on trees, telegraph poles and so on, to indicate the route of the kalderimi. Even more recently, these circular yellow signs have been attached to sturdy metal tipped fence posts which are hammered into the ground at strategic points along the route where there is a change of direction or where there were no trees or obvious places to attached a sign. The signs indicate whether the route is circular, and if not which village it will take you to and there may be two or three signs at a junction where there are several options.