WHO WE ARE
Since 2007 the Friends of the Kalderimi of South Pelion has aimed to promote, enhance and preserve the natural beauty of South Pelion and make it accessible for both residents and visitors.
In this area we have a wonderful network of stone donkey paths dating back hundreds of years, known as kalderimi. They are easily seen within the villages of Pelion. They also link villages and settlements throughout the area.
With the development of mechanised transport and asphalt roads, many of the old paths have seemingly disappeared and some have been converted into rural roads to allow access by agricultural vehicles but many still exist, blocked by vegetation or abandoned through disrepair. In addition, a less formal network of footpaths (monopati) exists, often allowing foot access to agricultural or grazing land used by shepherds and local people.
The Friends of the Kalderimi group has marked a selection of walking routes consisting of kalderimia, footpaths and earth roads within this area. We have used yellow waymarker signs and red paint marks to help you find your way. Please be careful when using these routes as in places some may be in poor condition with loose stones and uneven surfaces or may be partially blocked by vegetation. Be sure you carry water and wear suitable shoes and clothing for the time of year.
The Friends of the Kalderimi aim to maintain existing routes through clearing programmes and we always need the help of friends to keep them open and improve them. Other activities include group walks, fund raising events and work parties to discover and open up old paths.
If you would like to become a member of the Friends of the Kalderimi please click on the membership link shown on this page or make contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.