In the South Pelion area there is a wonderful network of stone paths dating back a few hundred years, known as kalderimi. They are easily seen within the villages of Pelion. They also link villages and settlements throughout the area and are rights of way. Many of the old paths, both kalderimi and other footpaths, have disappeared under pressure from increased building and the extension of asphalt roads, and some have been converted into agricultural earth roads to allow access to fields and olive groves. Many, however, still exist,
blocked by vegetation or abandoned through disrepair, and since 2008 our society has been locating, opening up and maintaining these paths as far as possible.
The Friends of the Kalderimi of South Pelion is a nature loving, conservation, cultural and walking society and a non-profit organisation. We aim to promote, enhance and preserve the natural beauty of South Pelion and make it accessible for both residents and visitors through the following activities:
We try to locate, often with the help of local people and other organisations, existing kalderimia and other paths which have fallen into disuse and disappeared beneath vegetation. We do not attempt to open every closed path that is discovered but rather give priority to those that connect the villages and settlements of South Pelion. Members have discovered and re-opened over 100 km of kalderimia throughout the Pelion area.
When an old disused path has been located, volunteer work parties are organised to open it up and, where possible, to expose any
original kalderimi stones that have survived.
Work parties take place most Saturdays throughout the cooler months of the year. 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.
We also organise some work parties to maintain paths, although the bulk of maintenance is achieved through paid labour.
The paths identified by the Friends of the Kalderimi of South Pelion are marked by yellow waymarker signs and red paint marks to help you find your way. We produce a sponsored leaflet with a map showing these walking routes and are also gradually adding our walks to the Wikiloc app under the name FOTK. In addition, one of our members has signed some local walks around Neohori and has produced a leaflet with a map showing these.
If you would like to become a member please go to our Information page for details. New members and friends are always welcome so please do join us - as a member, as a walker, on a work party or at a social event. Our society relies exclusively on the income from annual subscriptions, donations and fund-raising activities plus the volunteer effort of our members and other supporters to keep the paths open.
Social and fund-raising events and activities that we organise or are involved in include:
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.