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 - 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  

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

The following paths have recently been cleaned:

    • Argalasti - Lefokastro was blocked in the spring and a team of volunteers plus Apostolis cleared the path sufficiently to open it. This was on 9 and 13 May 2019.
    • Argalasti - Kalamos (northerly route) was cleared by a volunteer team on 9 May 2019 and should still be OK. However, there are 2 routes after the initial descent from Argalasti of which we cleared the more northerly. (See below for the southerly route)
    • Agios Spiridon - Lafkos to the point in meets the Mikro dirt road has been cleaned in the past couple of weeks by local members.

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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

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

    • Agios Georgios to Pinakates. The first section of this path is passable but does require some light cleaning. The section outside Pinakates which drops from the asphalt road across a stream back to the asphalt has two fallen trees blocking the path, one of which is very difficult to get around on a steep bank.  This section can be avoided by staying on the asphalt road.  The blockage is currently marked as a waypoint on wikiloc.
    • Kidones - 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.

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.