SOME LOCAL WALKS
WALK 1 (modified)
Fairly level (1 hill) circular walk using unmade tracks,
narrow footpaths and tarmac country roads, but see WARNING below for unsteady persons. and ALSO note
problems in the early season regarding a few overgrown areas.
Time needed 1 - 1 and a half hours
No liability will be accepted for the accuracy of
these notes.This is a rural area and circumstances may change. Footpaths may
become overgrown or otherwise difficult to negotiate and some new tracks into
private fields may appear. (Advice of any changes will be welcomed.)
WARNING: Parts of this walk, in particular
between Points B and C, can be especially difficult to find in early season if
the farmers's vehicles have not opened it up (in early 2014 walkers forced a
path through but in the WRONG direction so leading others astray).
section between points D and E is also sometimes badly overgrown and the
optional longer route (marked 'avoiding stream' on plan) should be
Previous visitors may notice that this walk has been
reversed from previously
This walk makes a good starter
as it mostly level and quite short. However some of it is on unmade and
little-used paths which can become overgrown and be difficult to see in the
early season. You will walk alongside orchards of citrus trees and fields
growing vegetables and go past tall clumps of waving bamboos. The track enters
quiet groves of mature olive trees whose fascinating trunks have unusual holes
from years of pruning away branches. Here the sounds of birds and insects fill
the air. You might hear the unusual calls of Golden Orioles or the 'hooping' of
a colourful Hoopoe (bird). The track edges are alight with colourful but tough
wildflowers struggling to survive the heat and dryness of the Corfu summer. In
May walkers might spot more tender species such as the elegant Field Gladioli
or tiny delicate orchids.
Leave Agios Georgios beach where
the road turns away from the beach adjoining 2 supermarkets (Red square on
map). Just before a roadside shrine and before you reach 'Frontrunners
Motorbikes' take the stone covered road on LEFT. Stay on this road past small
fields and some apartments and do NOT turn onto any side roads. The road, now
rough concrete, then climbs uphill past the final apartments and enters an
olive grove. Just before 2 small farm store buildings turn RIGHT at point
B onto a rough path (BE AWARE that there is
sometimes a pile of builders' rubble obscuring the entrance to this track).
Point B on
Proceed down this path to
the stream at the bottom and step across.
In early season the
path ahead from the stream crossing may be indistinct in the long grass but go
straight ahead up the slight hill and in less than 100m you will meet a wider
and more well-defined vehicle track where you must turn RIGHT at point
C. (if you veer too much to the left
following an incorrect direction you must turn sharp RIGHT when you
meet the vehicle track ).
Having turned, now stay on the partly grass covered track
through peaceful olive groves of tall trees and more open areas where some old
trees have been cut down to get new growth.
The track eventually reaches the gates of a private house
where it goes left round a corner.
following section has also been allowed to get overgrown so is not recommended
in the early part of the summer, maybe not at all if it is not cleared.
Therefore it is recommended that walkers take the longer route by staying on
the vehicle track, (marked 'Option avoiding stream' on map) and following the
ALTERNATIVE below from Point D
continuation of recommended route'.)
D about 100m after the gates, look out for a
little used path on the RIGHT just past a small field ). You now have a choice.
The shorter and more rural route has a stream crossing which in Spring or after
a period of heavy rain can be difficult to cross so an option is suggested (see
If you still wish to
try the shorter route take the path on the RIGHT from Point
D alongside the cultivated field, sometimes
through long grass, but where it turns right at the end of the field you must
go STRAIGHT AHEAD until you almost reach the stream.
May. Later the water dries up.
WARNING: The original bridge over the river was removed
and the original path is overgrown so look for a path on your left to go round
to a new 'scramble' down a few rough steps cut into the bank, so entering the
stream near the bright green vegetation on the left of the photograph above.
The shallow stream can usually be stepped across. If in doubt use the
The 'ALTERNATIVE detour' is return to the main track
at point D and continue along it for a few hundred
metres to a junction near some apartments where you turn right onto the tarmac
road. Now walk for an equivalent distance to meet the footpath again at pont
I am informed, Oct 2016,
that the ' original footpath' on the opposite bank is now also completely
overgrown by bamboo but, provided the water level is low, it should be possible
to walk along the stream bed diagonally to the left, emerging from the stream
at the start of the private orchard of citrus trees.) On reaching a private
orchard of citrus trees you are expected to keep to the right and do not
walk through the fruit trees. THIS narrow footpath goes along a high bank
at the side of a tall hedge and around the outside of the orchard but sometimes
becomes OVERGROWN until someone cuts back the vegetation, in which case it
might be necessary to use the orchard route !!
On reaching the tarmac road (E) turn RIGHT and follow the road until you reach the
Pagi road near Theo's Hotel. Turn RIGHT here towards the beach. (Guests from
Theo's Hotel should turn LEFT here)
After passing the Butterfly Bar you can take a shortcut
on your RIGHT down to the bridge near the Frontrunners Motor bikes and to the
starting point of the walk.
To Print off a simpler version of the walk on a
white background with the map but with less photographs
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